Church Growth

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The Harbor is an online faith community for anyone finding themselves without a church home—whether that's because of turmoil, timing, life changes, health challenges, or displacement.

Online-only church plant launches

A new journey has begun in the North Georgia Conference with The Harbor United Methodist Church, the conference’s first online-only church start. The faith community is for anyone finding themselves without a church home. Preachers will vary each week, allowing worshippers to hear from a variety of North Georgia Conference voices.
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New members of Strawbridge United Methodist Church gather with the Rev. Todd Jordan, senior pastor, for a group photo after worship on Nov. 20, 2022. The Houston-area church has seen strong growth from people wanting to stay United Methodist after their church disaffiliated. Photo courtesy of Strawbridge United Methodist Church.

Growth for some churches staying United Methodist

Certain United Methodist churches are picking up quite a few new members and regular visitors from neighboring churches that voted to leave the denomination. One such United Methodist church has doubled in worship attendance over the past year.
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Zach Bechtold (left) and the Rev. David Petty play a game of MLB The Show, streaming it live and engaging people who are viewing it in the chat section. The game is part of Crossfire: Faith + Gaming in Colorado Springs, Colo. Crossfire has grown to about 1,400 members on various platforms including Facebook. Photo courtesy of Crossfire: Faith + Gaming.

Moving ministries from idea to fruition

Good ideas are hard to find, but taking an idea and turning it into a fleshed-out ministry is even more difficult. In the Mountain Sky Conference, a two-and-a-half-day workshop dubbed Hatchathon seeks to fill the gap.
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The Rev. Dr. Michael Adam Beck. Photo courtesy of the author.

Kedging our way toward a hopeful future

The Holy Spirit is inspiring a rise in “fresh expressions of church” that offer innovative settings for engaging followers of Christ.

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