700 New Congregations In 10 Years. How Many Did We Have?…or Dreaming Big? pt.4

If you’ve been following this series of posts, then you know that I was following the proceedings of the Disciples of Christ General Assembly.

In her speech following her re-election, President and General Minister Sharon Watkins talked of the following:

700 new and affiliating churches…

That is not an error friends. In the last 10 years, the Disciples have grown by 700 congregations. 700. And they plan to have 700 more new congregations by 2020.

Now, for those of you who don’t keep up with Disciples news, their original target for the number of new congregations in the decade was 1,000. But 700 ain’t shabby a’tall.

How many did we grow by in the last decade? Did we have a target?


4 thoughts on “700 New Congregations In 10 Years. How Many Did We Have?…or Dreaming Big? pt.4

    • hey Scott,
      I will get a direct link to the citation for you. But if you want to see it before I do the link, just go to the disciples.com website and go to the General Assembly section. They have Rev.Dr. Watkins’ post-election address and her report is online too.

  1. May I presume that the question in your blog post title is a rhetorical one Kim?

    I expect that you know that The Tiny Declining Fringe Religion™ actually had a net loss of a few congregations in the last year or two, thus making it tinier, declinier, but not necessarily fringier than ever. 🙂

    I really do not see UUA President Peter Morales making any real progress towards realizing his rather over-the-top campaign rhetoric about how Unitarian Universalism “*can* be the religion for our time”.

    Do you?

  2. I looked at the DoC(C) website – and saw that they have indeed added congregations in Georgia (but none in South Carolina). Over half of those new congregations in Georgia seem to be non-English speaking congregations. They do have a fund for church planting – with the usual problems of not getting enough donations I’ve never lived within 25 miles of a DoC congregation, and my knowledge of them stops around 1840 .

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