Ocala West United Methodist Church - Parsonage

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We see many signs that our church is strong. In the past decade, church membership in Africa has increased by 244 percent, to 3.1 million members. We are growing in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet bloc nations, and among Korean Americans and other ethnic groups in the United States.Each year, countless United Methodists serve as mission volunteers in the United States and around the globe. Financial giving among members of our church has increased for 15 consecutive years, hitting a record in 2006. And our church is known for the way it responds in times of crisis.But as many of us realize, The United Methodist Church is aging, and our numbers are declining: The average United Methodist is 57 years old.
In some countries, notably the United States, we are not effectively reaching youth and young adults; United Methodists under age 18 account for 4.6 percent of church membership. The number of ordained and commissioned elders under age 35 is a mere 850 in the United States. Membership globally is increasing, but U.S. membership has slipped below 8 million for the first time since the 1930s, even as non-white and immigrant populations in the United States rapidly grow.While total giving in the United States has increased, the number of givers has decreased.
More broadly, we know that our world today is crying out for physical and spiritual healing. Poverty and strife are among the hallmarks of our time — challenges so immense and complex that they numb the weary and lead our societies to complacency and resignation.


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