This past week, the North Alabama Conference took a major step forward in making available on line statistics for every congregation. Now anyone can click on the Conference website and see graphs that depict the life of each church. Average Sunday attendance, professions of faith, total membership, and participation in shared giving (apportionments) are available for the last five years.
"Thanks to Danette Clifton and to Pete Banish for their work on this project," said Bishop Willimon. "I predict that this will be one of the most important steps that we've taken to increase pastoral and congregational accountability and productivity. I encourage every United Methodist to log in and see how churches are doing. We Methodists believe that Christ holds us accountable for our discipleship. These numbers don't tell everything about the fidelity of a congregation. But they tell alot. They give a snapshot of how a congregation is doing and will help a congregation to plan for the future."
To log into the graphs for a particular congregation, simply
The graphs are animated and may take a moment to fully load. Also note, you must have the free program Adobe Flash Player version 8 or greater in order to view the graphs. To download the latest Adobe Flash Player click here.