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The Research Office of The General Board of Global Ministries provides data and explanations that help the United Methodist Church keep in touch with the communities among which we live, and the opportunities for mission right outside our sanctuary doors.

The Research Office conducts sponsored research for United Methodist organizations. It provides strategic planning seminars for Annual Conferences and districts as they identify local churches to merge, close, redevelop or start. And the Research Office provides a number of informational publications and custom studies to help United Methodists understand their communities better.

The Research Office combines the use of maps, charts, tables, and analysis with the outward consciousness of making disciples of Jesus Christ. Our purpose is to be an information source for the United Methodist Church. The Research Office is unique in that it is able to connect demographic data with United Methodist Church statistics. This enhances our analysis of your area and offers thought provoking issues for your discernment.