United Methodists must ‘invest in growth’

Marjorie Bray takes a blood pressure reading from Doug Masters during a screening at First United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Texas. Bray is parish nurse at the church. A UMNS photo by Grady P. Bray.

By Sam Hodges –
From UMC Connections – 

Can a preacher’s kid-turned-economist stop The United Methodist Church’s long numerical slide in the United States?

Donald R. House, who holds a Ph.D. in economics and chairs the South Central Jurisdiction episcopacy committee, has a plan he thinks can work.

It involves:
Enlisting about 1,000 churches with at least 125 average attendance in worship
Getting them to raise and spend targeted amounts on growth strategies, totaling about $120 million annually
Moving swiftly to enroll the churches without going through an annual (regional) conference or General Conference approval process
House says his research shows that if the churches invest the amount he recommends, they will by 2021 grow enough to reverse the denomination’s downward trajectory in worship attendance in the United States.

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