15 March 2001

World Methodism grows in run-up to Brighton

Methodism is growing globally at a rapid pace, figures show, and the World Methodist Council (WMC) is exploring ways to better serve this rising membership. World Methodists members have risen from 19-34 million in the past four decades. The wider community served by Methodism jumped from 42.5 million in 1956 to 70.2 million in 1996.

The WMC plans to launch a £13 million endowment campaign, "Achieving the Vision," during the World Methodist Conference in Brighton in July. The campaign aims to support international training and evangelism programmes. Increasing numbers of Methodists particularly in Africa and Asia have been aided by international evangelism efforts as well as help for member churches to train indigenous leaders, develop new resources for Christian mission and open new churches.

The figures are particularly encouraging in the run up to the first World Methodist Conference of the 21st century - due to take place in Brighton between 25-31 July. The gathering, under the theme 'Jesus: God's Way of Salvation', will include Rev Dr David Wilkinson, Rev Dr Leslie Griffiths and papal envoy Cardinal Edward Cassidy among the many speakers.

A full programme also includes many seminars and workshops, daily Bible studies, two performances of 'Hopes and Dreams' and much more. Anyone who would like to attend, can now get a registration form.

Who to go to for relevant enquiries:

  • For registration papers: Rev Dr Joe Hale, General Secretary, World Methodist Council, PO Box 518, Lake Junaluska, North Carolina 28745, USA.
  • Coach parties from British churches: Rev Martin Broadbent, 85 Dartnell Park Rd, West Byfleet, Surrey KT14 6QD.
  • Other enquiries or translation assistance: Rev Dr Neil Richardson. Tel: +44 (0)117 959 1200.

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