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Re: Thought Provoking Editorial

Postby Rvaughn » Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:53 pm

Tim Bonney wrote:Last I looked the southern UMC conferences were shrinking slower than churches outside the Bible Belt.
Interesting to know. Where is most of the non-anglo growth occurring that is mentioned HERE? Thanks.
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Re: Thought Provoking Editorial

Postby Tim Bonney » Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:06 pm

Rvaughn wrote:
Tim Bonney wrote:Last I looked the southern UMC conferences were shrinking slower than churches outside the Bible Belt.
Interesting to know. Where is most of the non-anglo growth occurring that is mentioned HERE? Thanks.


I’m not sure about African American growth but Latino growth is occurring in areas that are showing the most Latino population growth. Notice that the UMC in the US is 91% Anglo. So when that group drops 20% or more it makes a huge difference. If you are really interested you can hunt up the stats for all the UMC annual conferences and get membership stats online. It is all available. (Maybe more than you care to know!)

I would love to see a much more concerted effort in the UMC to start Spanish speaking congregations. I don’t think we have done as good a job as some other denominations in reaching out to Latinos. Sioux City, my last home, is almost 20% Latino and, as far as I know, there is only one Spanish speaking congregation for Methodists in the area.
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Re: Thought Provoking Editorial

Postby Rvaughn » Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:17 am

Not looking for a PhD in UMC stats ( :wink: ), just trying to understand how the decline in membership in the UMC and SBC might compare and contrast.
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Re: Thought Provoking Editorial

Postby Tim Bonney » Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:51 am

Rvaughn wrote:Not looking for a PhD in UMC stats ( :wink: ), just trying to understand how the decline in membership in the UMC and SBC might compare and contrast.


I figured not. LOL. I don't read all that myself.

I think the only solid comparison is in the overall decline of denominationalism across the board. I know not every denomination is in decline. But most long time existent denominations do seem to be experiencing decline.

My new church has about as many young adults as I've had in the last several church. Yet still, the largest membership is the over 50 crowd even with our big youth group. That was true when I was in the SBC, ABC and now UMC in every church I served. I never served a new church start.
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