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State of the Church Report


The annual State of the Church Report is a resource to help evaluate our current realities, to celebrate the momentum of our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, and to identify opportunities and challenges as we move forward in ministry. The report is brought to you by the Connectional Table in collaboration with the Council of Bishops and the General Council on Finance and Administration. 

Photo by James Kang, California Pacific Annual Conference

2016 State of The Church

In the 2013-16 quadrennium, we have remained faithful to our goal to increase the number of vital congregations and to bear fruit in the four areas of missional focus. Read More

The Rev. Stephen Handy prays with the staff of the YouthWorks mission camp at McKendree United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn. Photo courtesy of McKendree United Methodist Church.

2015 State of The Church

This report focuses on the stories of vital congregations and leaders serving through ministries related to the Four Areas of Focus that are making transformational differences. Read More

2012 State of The Church

Vital Congregations: Responding to the call for more vital congregations in The UMC. Read More

2011 State of The Church

Called to act: Make disciples, transform the world. Read More

Sharlene Jean offers a sample of treated drinking water to a child living in a makeshift camp in Gresier, Haiti. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.

2010 State of The Church

The findings in this report are helping to shape conversations around the future of the church. Read More