2019 State of the Church Report
2020 State of the church report
Blessed is the Church
In 2020, our identity as Christians, formed in the Wesleyan tradition, helped us to face the challenges of a pandemic, rising authoritarianism, racism and violence around the world.
Uplifting the poor in spirit
In the face of the unprecedented challenges and uncertainty, United Methodists are a people who look to God for hope and find their identity in the teachings of Christ.
Grieving and comforting
United Methodists mourn those lost in the pandemic as well as natural disasters, acts of violence and other tragic circumstances over the past year.
Sharing the inheritance of the meek
The challenges of 2020 humbled people in parts of the world unaccustomed to fighting pandemics and gave United Methodists the opportunity to share resources, wisdom and faith.
Thirsting for righteousness
In response to the recent murders of people of color, United Methodists called for the dismantling of racism both within the Church and across society.
United Methodists acted as Christ’s healing hands in 2020 by providing aid and spiritual support to communities affected by the pandemic and natural disasters.
Even as United Methodists struggled with practicing ministry at a distance and uncertainty about the future, they turned their hearts to God for comfort and guidance.
As the world faces war, ethnic violence, hyper-partisanship and rising nationalism, United Methodists strive to be peacemakers who see and affirm everyone as a beloved child of God.
Persecuted for Christ's sake
The cost of discipleship is high. Christ tells us to expect resistance and even persecution, but also to take hope in the fact that God is always with us.
Being light and salt
Now more than ever, people need Christ’s good news. By finding our identity in Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, we become the salt of the earth and light of the world. See examples of how United Methodists have been salt and light to the world.