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The U.S. is the third largest mission field in the world. Long-established congregations alone can’t reach the new generations of people, keep up with population growth or reach our shifting population and changing demographics.

Path1 Statistical Update 2012
By Gary Shockley
From the series Path 1 Best Practices
A report on progress made toward the quadrennial planting goals
2012-04-25

In Mission in the Biggest
By John Southwick
From the series Background Data for Mission
There is no shortage of bad news these days. Of course those concerns which most directly and currently impact individuals usually garner the most attention. Gas prices come to mind here. Sometimes it is valuable to look beyond current events at the bigger picture to try to understand the times we live in and how these larger issues may not only impact the immediate, but also may have future significance. Keeping the big picture issues in mind may also lead to action which can mitigate or reverse their possible impact as well. Furthermore, the church might find opportunities to be proactive rather than reactive in facing issues of the day.
2008-07-01

Recent Denominational Research in New Church Development
By Lovett H. Weems, Jr.
From the series
The report attempts to capture the findings of recent research on new church starts in mainline denominations and some other relevant churches. It was prepared for Path One by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary.
2008-04-18

Actionable Strategic Insights
By Lovett H. Weems, Jr.
From the series
This article is part of the “Recent Denominational Research in New Church Development” document. This report was prepared for Path 1 of The United Methodist Church by the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. The report in its entirety is also available.
2008-04-08

Conference Data Comparison 2005-2006
By John Southwick
From the series Background Data for Mission
Every year the Research Office presents the latest UMC (USA) official church statistics. Generally this yearly report sounds much like previous year’s and 2006 is no exception.
2008-03-01