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Nestor Akoblo leads the choir during Sunday worship at the Temple Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS

Nestor Akoblo leads the choir during Sunday worship at the Temple Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

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2011 State of the Church: Conclusion

As this report goes to press, the Interim Operations Team is organizing its work for the coming year. The team will look at how to develop processes, which will include:

  • Reforming clergy leadership development, deployment, evaluation, and accountability systems;
  • Reforming the Council of Bishops; and
  • Aligning the work of program agencies with the Church’s priority of building vital congregations with continued missional emphasis on the Four Areas of Focus.

These key areas are informed by the input many of you gave during the year-long research published in the Call to Action Report. The opportunities for input will continue throughout the coming months. For example, on April 6, 2011, United Methodist leaders in annual conferences around the world participated in the UMC Leadership Summit. This unprecedented global webcast engaged leaders in important conversation, which offered valuable feedback about the Call to Action recommendations.  View the webcast archives on YouTube. We will continue to offer opportunities for you to share your perspectives.

The Connectional Table and Council of Bishops want you to know that we have been listening and we value the diversity of perspectives across our denomination. Please continue to share your thoughts and prayers with us as we seek to discern God’s will for the ways in which the people of The United Methodist Church are called to live out our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

This report was a collaborative effort with statistical data provided by the General Council on Finance and Administration and production support from United Methodist Communications. Additional program data was provided by United Methodist general agencies and the Council of Bishops.

To order additional printed copies of the 2011 State of the Church report, please contact the Customer Service Center at United Methodist Communications by email at csc@umcom.org or by phone at 1-888-346-3862. To view this information online or to download a PDF version of the report, click here.