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Background Data for Mission

Background Data for Mission

The Background Data for Mission newsletter helps United Methodist leaders sort through the new and integrate it with the old. It explores the latest in technology, demographic trends, and contemporary approaches to worship, church education, and evangelism.

 

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Background Data for Mission, October 2011, Vol. 23, No. 10
Last month we looked at two churches that are reaching more people, younger people, and more diverse people. This month will continue this theme.
 
Background Data for Mission, September 2011, Vol. 23, No. 9
Prof. Lovett Weems is widely quoted as saying that The United Methodist Church in the US needs "more people, younger people, and more diverse people."
 
Background Data for Mission, August 2011, Vol. 23, No. 8
1968 marked shifts and realities that we must take into account today regarding clergy appointments in urban communities or cross-racial appointments in the same communities.
 
Background Data for Mission, July 2011, Vol. 23, No. 7
Metrics. This was definitely among the most popular word at Bishops Week this year. At one point I started counting how many times this word was used.
 
Background Data for Mission, June 2011, Vol. 23, No. 6
Much attention these days is being given to measuring how well churches and pastors are doing. We hear more about measuring disciple making and vitality.
 
Background Data for Mission, May 2011, Vol. 23, No. 5
This issue will again compare demographics of the general population in each conference with The United Methodist Church statistics.
 
Background Data for Mission, April 2011, Vol. 23, No. 4
"It's the Book of Acts," says Joseph Bishman, district superintendent of the Shawnee Valley District in West Ohio Annual Conference.
 
Background Data for Mission, March 2011, Vol. 23, No. 3
One way of measuring UMC statistics is market share, or the percentage of the population using a product or service.
 
Background Data for Mission, February 2011, Volume 23, No. 2
Every year about this time, this newsletter compares the most recently released official UMC church statistics for the USA.
 
Background Data for Mission, January 2011, Volume 23, No. 1
As we begin the new year and the new decade, much media attention is focused on what may lie ahead.
 
Background Data for Mission, November 2010, Volume 22, No. 11
As we have passed from Thanksgiving into Advent, perhaps some thankful reflection on the state of The United Methodist Church is in order.
 
Background Data for Mission, October 2010, Volume 22, No. 10
Church folks tend to echo the pundits in their hopes for better financial times around the corner. But what if the good times take a long time to arrive?
 

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