CONGRATULATIONS to the local churches of the Central Texas Conference for 21 consecutive months of steady growth! And while that many months of growth is something to celebrate and give thanks to the Holy Spirit for the guidance and power received, it’s the stories of transformation, of lives changed and communities built that are the real highlights. If you haven’t caught all or any of the narratives posted on our website and Facebook over the past several months, please visit www.ctcumc.org/wigstories and do a little “binge watching.”
As far as the story told by the numbers our local churches provided via VitalSigns (thanks for that!)…our Average Worship Attendance (AWA) growth for the 12 months ended September was just under 1%. AWA growth at churches receiving New Faith Community grants was more than 1%. On a related note, we now have hit the 50 NFC grant mark! We are halfway to our 100 NFC goal!
The number of churches growing continues to knock on that 50% mark. Overall, 134 (49%) of all Central Texas Conference churches showed growth, which is up from last month’s 48%. Of the 43 churches that have received New Faith Community grants prior to September, 27 of them are showing worship attendance growth – that’s 63%!
In the area of Professions of Faith, we are already at 79% of our 2019 goal!
Let's keep pushing towards our WILDLY IMPORTANT GOAL (WIG) and our empowering mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!!!
In the Central Texas Conference, we’re committed to our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. In fact, we’re so committed that we set a Wildly Important Goal (WIG) to challenge ourselves to move beyond our comfort-zones. We’ve identified two measurements to help us determine how we’re doing—average worship attendance market share and professions of faith. A church calculates market share by dividing average worship attendance by the number of people in the mission field.
Click below to either get some of your questions about the WIG answered or find resources to help your local church in achieving its mission.
Stories of transformation throughout the conference
worship attendance and professions of faith
Resources, learnings and opportunities to help implement the WIG