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Church membership drops

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

THE move of Methodist Church members to other churches is the main reason for the decrease in membership.

Communications secretary Reverend James Bhagwan said they acknowledged that the other reason was the lack of pastoral care in various divisions and they were looking at strengthening this area.

"According to our internal statistics, we have recorded a decrease of 1788 from a membership for the same time last year which stood at 2565 for 2013," Mr Bhagwan said.

"Our membership for this year stands at 198,777.

"There were 21 divisions that increased in membership during the year, 34 decreased with one having no change. It was also interesting that the percentage of confirmed membership is 58 per cent of total membership."

He said one of the main concerns raised at yesterday's meeting was the way membership data was collected.

"Next year we will very much target this area to ensure those members who have slipped through the gap and have fallen by way side, we put our fishing nets and bring them back in, considering themselves part of us."

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