About the East District
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The mission field of the East District is comprised of over 116,000 households, expanding 9% in the last ten years. The average age in our area is 38 with the fastest growing segments of the population being young persons 18-24, and retirees 65 and older. The culture of the mission field tends to be conservative, reflecting our rural setting.
The District has 92 churches varying in size and style from large county seat congregations and town and country churches to campus ministries, a cooperative parish and smaller family chapels. These 92 congregations are served by 62 pastors, 27 of whom are elders or provisional elders and 35 are local pastors, either full or part time. The lay speaking ministry also provides significant and strong leadership in the district with 96 persons participating as local or certified lay speakers.
The District has a strong and loyal lay ministry. Laity are faithful in attendance, with the district having a high percentage of members in worship each week. Giving reflects steadfast commitment with the apportionment commitment being fulfilled 100% for the last 16 years. Beyond these numbers, laity are a driving force in multiple community and congregational ministries ranging from food pantries, ESL classes, legal aide, after school tutoring, prison ministries (and many others) to children’s and youth ministries, care and prayer, music and worship, and a wide variety of church service. Our laity also minister through District United Methodist Women, United Methodist Men, United Methodist Youth and a number of other mission, fellowship and service ministries.
The East District seeks to foster connection between congregations and communities in ways that both experience ‘Christ Alive’. It is in that active exchange of the love of Christ through ministry and mission that glimpses of God’s Kingdom are revealed, disciples are formed and the world is transformed. In that faith we welcome all to any of the 92 churches of the East!