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2010 State of the Church Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2010

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The 2010 State of the Church Report Now Available

Dallas, Texas -- The median age of United Methodists, the number of professing members around the world and our current giving trends are among the topics found in the newly released 2010 State of The Church report. The report is now available online at www.umc.org/sotc2010.

The report is an annual look at where The United Methodist Church stands statistically in membership, giving and church growth. This year's report also offers key findings from the United States Congregational Life Survey and resources to help United Methodists stay up-to-date with important conversations taking place across the denomination that could impact church structure and processes in the future.

"In this annual report, we see signs of hope," said Bishop John Hopkins of the Ohio East Episcopal Area and chairperson of the Connectional Table. "United Methodists are making great strides in the Four Areas of Focus of the denomination. Also, this report captures how the Church is making changes to address the declining membership trend we have witnessed in the US and Europe."

The Four Areas of Focus include: Developing principled Christian leaders for the church and the world; Creating new places for new people and revitalizing existing congregations; Engaging in ministry with the poor; and Combating the diseases of poverty by improving health globally.

The 2010 State of the Church report is available online and through the July/August edition of the Interpreter magazine published by United Methodist Communications. The report is available in English, French and Portuguese.

The State of The Church report was first commissioned by the Connectional Table, the leadership entity that coordinates mission, ministries and resources for the denomination. The 2007 report was the first time the church produced a comprehensive overview of the life of the church. It has been used to stimulate dialogue across the denomination on how to carry out the mission of making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

The 2010 State of The Church report is a collaborative effort with data provided by the General Council on Finance and Administration and production support from United Methodist Communications. Additional information in the report was taken from the Four Areas of Focus Report from the General Secretaries and Agency Presidents’ Table.

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