There’s a lot of media coverage regarding the debate going on at General Conference over a number of issues, including human sexuality, but you likely haven’t heard the exciting news of our denomination’s church-planting efforts, not only in the U.S. but also overseas.
Our General Conference delegates learned (through our Advanced Daily Christian Advocate materials) that in the prior three years at least 2,300 leaders have been trained and equipped in the U.S. for church plant efforts, and that at least 325 churches have been established.
Furthermore, we have launched 574 new churches outside the U.S. from 2009-2012, exceeding our goal by nearly 200 churches! Churches are being planted in continents all over the world, but here is a snapshot of our growing presence in Southeast Asia… Though not an officially registered denomination in Laos or Vietnam, we now have 48 churches and 24 faith communities in Laos and 322 churches in Vietnam. We have 154 churches in Cambodia and nine churches in Mongolia, as well as two faith communities. Praise God!
The United Methodist Church is growing significantly worldwide. Membership has increased dramatically in Africa and the Philippines. May such growth begin to be experienced here in the United States as well. Consider how your church is making disciples and multiplying the Kingdom. Don’t get caught sitting on the sidelines, join the action of what God is doing all over the world!
— Ed Fenstermacher, Associate Director of Church Development and Indiana Conference delegate to the General Conference