Archive for June, 2011

Would you like your church to turn up on computer searches?  Would you like the unchurched to discover your church when they’re doing a Google search for a particular service your church provides?  Daycare…pre-school…marital counseling…finance classes…recreation and sports opportunities…Bible studies…worship…prayer?

Right now it’s likely that your church wouldn’t show up on such a Google or Bing search.  Yet there’s a new internet tool that has been developed for the Indiana Conference and its churches.  This site is meant to compliment your church’s existing website and could be linked to it, but it is designed to highlight your church if it offers such a ministry.

You can go to www.umcoutreach.com to explore the site’s features.  This is your Yellow Page ad of the 21st century!  Yes, there is a cost but when you consider that the site will generate actual leads for your church–people interested in what you’re offering without you having to do anything–it’s well worth the low price.  Questions?  Feel free to contact your Church Development staff person, or simply check out the site!

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National UM report ranks Indiana near top

Posted: June 6, 2011 by efenster in Information

  United Methodist Publishing House editor Len Wilson recently analyzed the denominational statistics for the United Methodist conferences in the U.S. and the Indiana Conference ranked near the top.  Click here to read the whole report.   The report points out that the Indiana Conference ranked the fourth largest by average weekly worship attendance in 2009, and 10th in membership (out of just over 60 conferences).   Of course, Indiana’s rank improved due to the joining of the former North and South Indiana Conferences. 

Wilson’s article goes on to point out that when one considers which conferences rank the highest when dividing the worship attendance into the membership totals, the Indiana Conference continues to be right up near the top at number four, with a figure of nearly of nearly 60%.   In other words although many conferences, especially in the Southeastern Jurisdiction, report large membership figures, their percentage in worship on any given weekend is quite low compared to conferences like Indiana.

Way to go Indiana Conference UMC’s!