FROM THE BISHOP
JAMES R. KING, JR.
Hello, beautiful people of South Georgia!
Each year we show a membership decline in the South Georgia Conference and this year is no different. But what is noticeably different in our report for 2014 is that our worship attendance is only down by 27.
Compare our worship attendance being down in 2014 by 27 with these numbers:
2013: down by 588
2012: down by 1,046
2011: down by 758
2010: down by 834
This information tells me that we are not only moving in the right direction, but with worship attendance down only by 27 we can – by the grace of God and being intentional – have an increase in 2015.
The other good news from our 2014 reports states that our Church school (I hope that count includes small groups that meet other than Sunday) attendance was up by 2,302. Wow!!!
South Georgia, this is such exciting news. We are turning the corner, Hallelujah!!! To God be the glory!
We will continue to show an increase in membership if we stay focused on the following:
- Keep a positive, loving vision of God’s kingdom coming on earth as it is in heaven before all of the members. (Growing a Christlike World)
- Teach and organize your congregation into loving units of care and service, i.e. CLUs, Sunday school classes, Bible study groups, mission trips, after-school programs, feeding the homeless ministries, etc.
- Invite, invite, invite – the neighbor, the unchurched, and the unloved – into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ through your congregation.
Until next time, remember – God’s will for us is good. We must do the rest.
Growing a Christlike world.
James R. King, Jr.
P.S. Remember, we are a connectional church. Every pastor of a congregation in the South Georgia Conference is a part of the connectional church. I hope each congregation will take an offering to help complete our Conference Center. Be one of the 5,000 who contributes $100. I am counting on your help! We are almost there. Click here to donate.