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Community of Christ membership and field organization

Community of Christ membership and field organization is governed by the scriptures, resolutions and Bylaws of Community of Christ and administered by the First Presidency, Council of Twelve and others. To be considered a member of Community of Christ, individuals participate in two sacraments of the church: Baptism and Confirmation. Baptism in Community of Christ is by full immersion and Confirmation is conferred by the "laying on of hands."

Membership statistics are maintained by local recorders in each congregation and reported electronically. Community of Christ reported 2015 enrollment within Mission Centers a total of 199,485 members, up from 199,268 in 2014. Membership totals for the year 2006 and 2013 - 2018 in each mission center are shown in the table below.[1]

As of the 2019 World Conference, membership had increased to 251,934 with 201,324 members being enrolled with a Mission Center. The number of Priesthood members as of 2018 stands at 20,579 with 10,052 holding the Aaronic Priesthood and 10,527 holding the Melchisedec Priesthood.[2]

Membership by Mission Center [ edit ]

Mission Center Name 2006 Enrollment 2013 Enrollment[3] 2014 Enrollment 2015 Enrollment 2016 Enrollment[3] 2017 Enrollment 2018 Enrollment Mission Field[4]

Alabama-Northwest Florida USA 2479 2437 2434 2422 2351 2353 2333 Southern USA
Arizona USA 2187 2102 2103 2095 2087 2090 2083 West Central USA
Ark-La-Tex USA 917 878 880 880 878 878 876 Southern USA
Australia 2017 1929 2598 2672 3009 2988 2382 Pacific
Bountiful USA 2232 2165 2152 2140 2150 2154 2166 East Central USA
Brazil 357 358 359 375 375 376
British Isles 1373 1281 1273 1276 1273 1273 1255 North Atlantic (Europe/USA)
Brush Creek USA 2506 2292 2230 2253 2240 2235 2225 East Central USA
Buripadar India 673
Canada East 5679 5506 5469 5598 5554 5568 5521 Canada/North Central (USA)
Canada West 2610 2421 2416 2395 2376 2377 2225 Canada/North Central (USA)
Caribbean 545 633 656 671 687 626 653 Caribbean, Mexico and Texas USA
Cedar Valley - Nauvoo 2591 2553 2543 2528 2521 2505 2498 East Central USA
Central Africa 9583 Africa and Haiti
Central America 2022 2764 2762 2759 2779 2776 2837 Central and South America
Central Missouri USA 3259 3050 3044 3007 2994 2986 2968 Southern USA
Central USA 15481 14808 14704 14622 14547 14554 14456 Central and Michigan USA
Chandragiri India 1362
Chesapeake Bay USA 1615 1647 1643 1640 1635 1631 1624 North Atlantic (Europe/USA)
Chicago USA 1591 1526 1521 1519 1509 1510 1497 East Central USA
Coastal Bend USA 1959 1960 1962 1960 1955 1947 1942 Caribbean, Mexico and Texas USA
Dominican Republic 1108 1425 1471 1508 1581 1602 1624 Caribbean, Mexico and Texas USA
East Asia 526 555 555 560 561 561 558 Asia
Eastern Great Lakes USA 2879 2750 2701 2614 2594 2588 2532 East Central USA
Eurasia 412 412 417 419 419 419
Europe 1151 North Atlantic (Europe/USA)
Far West USA 2630 2516 2480 2470 2514 2520 2523 West Central USA
Florida USA 2760 2854 2861 2893 2908 2907 2944 Southern USA
French Polynesia 6882 7528 7772 7990 9047 9135 9256 Pacific
Gateway USA 2755 2732 2718 2709 2695 2708 2717 East Central USA
Greater Pacific Northwest USA 6218 6014 5981 5985 5993 5998 5980 Pacific
Gulf USA 2044 2057 2074 2080 2161 2162 2154 Southern USA
Haiti 10970 11056 11081 11082 11252 11344 11335 Africa and Haiti
Haut Katanga D. R. Congo 11,738 11776 11792 11793 11793 11786
Headwaters USA 2659 2608 2617 2612 2595 2572 2547 Canada/North Central (USA)
Heart of Michigan 2602 Central and Michigan USA
Heart of Texas USA 1416 1376 1379 1364 1370 1366 1370 Caribbean, Mexico and Texas USA
Inland West USA 3075 3010 3015 2898 2898 2892 2882 West Central USA
Ivory Coast & Togo 589 609 630 630 630 631
Kaliburi India 308
Kenduguda India 6 132 223
Kentucky - Indiana USA 1563 1567 1553 1548 1535 1530 1520 East Central USA
Kenya 3401 3525 3654 3674 3674 3673
Kothaghar India 1 5 18
Lamoni Heartland USA 3823 3680 3656 3624 3591 3581 3548 Canada/North Central (USA)
Liberia & Sierra Leone 2609 2608 2620 2620 2620 2696
Lualaba D. R. Congo
Malawi 2423 2459 2460 2460 2517 2520
Mexico - Texas Mexico/USA 778 813 814 815 824 826 820 Caribbean, Mexico and Texas USA
Michigan USA 14728 14711 14534 14503 14472 14406
Michigan Blue Water 3259 Central and Michigan USA
Mid-Atlantic USA 1984 1888 1870 1873 1855 1851 1839 North Atlantic (Europe/USA)
Midlands 5260 5134 5124 5128 5100 5096 5075 West Central USA
Mid-South USA 2179 2572 2607 2650 2747 2797 2885 Southern USA
Mohana India 1 136 631
Nepal 323 327 401
New England USA 2069 1978 1956 1946 1920 1920 1901 North Atlantic (Europe/USA)
Nigeria 6086 6126 6172 6186 6264 6287
Northern Great Lakes 2615 Central and Michigan USA
Northwest South America 414 415 416 416 415 414
Oklahoma USA 3605 3571 3560 3559 3524 3521 3517 West Central USA
Pacific Island 1506 1526 1554 1574 1621 1642 1668 Pacific
Pacific Southwest International 1685 1624 1635 1625 2988 2998 3017 Pacific
Philippines 1605 1612 1642
Prairie Bluffs USA 4596 4524 4509 4502 4476 4465 4448 Canada/North Central (USA)
Rio Grande USA 862 844 838 841 832 831 825 West Central USA
Rocky Mountain USA 3873 3804 3796 3784 3781 3777 3754 West Central USA
Sierra Pacific USA 3378 3261 3245 3231 3239 3237 3236 Pacific
South America 785 Central and South America
South Central Africa 2454 2529 2642
South Central Asia 6284 6936 6985 7004 6732 6584 3517 Asia
Southern Great Lakes International 6489 Central and Michigan USA
South Central States USA 4805 4726 4719 4671 4627 4645 4638 Southern USA
South India Green Valley 1050
South East Africa 7017 Africa and Haiti
Southeast Asia 1457 1500 1594 1606 Asia
Southeast USA 1753 1761 1719 1722 1718 1723 1729 Southern USA
Southern California USA 2347 1922 1882 1865 Pacific
Southern Cone of South America 111 111 111 111 111 111
West Africa 8749 Africa and Haiti
West Congo Kinshasa 5 5 4 4 4 14
Western Europe 828 820 817 810 811 808
Western Ohio USA 2151 2087 2093 2087 2110 2109 2105 East Central USA
Zambia, Zimbabwe & Central Africa 2643 2703 2725
Mission Center Enrollment Total 195,605 198,306 199,268 199,485 200,518 200,963 201,324
World Church General 50,824 50,864 50,816 50,767 50,737 50,610
Grand Total 249,130 250,132 250,301 251,285 251,700 251,934

Field organization [ edit ]

The basic unit of organization in the Community of Christ is the congregation. The congregation is the Community of Christ in its local area and attempts to bring the ministry of Jesus Christ into the surrounding community. Each congregation has a Pastor, Financial Officer and usually several additional, mostly volunteer priesthood members. Congregations belong to mid-level organizational units called a Mission Center. Mission Center Presidents report to a field Apostle who supervises several mission centers in one of eleven mission fields.

At the 2007 World Conference, a member holding the priesthood office of Seventy was teamed with each of the Apostles, as follows:

  • Apostle Linda L. Booth and Seventy Karin Peter in the Southern USA Mission Field
  • Apostle Andrew Bolton and Seventy Sam Kumar in the Asia Mission Field
  • Apostle Bunda C. Chibwe and Tanoh Assoi in the Africa and Haiti Mission Field
  • Apostle Stassi D. Cramm and Seventy John Wight in the Central and Michigan USA Mission Field
  • Apostle Mary Jacks Dynes and Seventy Kris Judd in the Canada/North Central (USA) Mission Field
  • Apostle Ronald D. Harmon Jr. and Seventy Larry McGuire in the East Central USA Mission Field
  • Apostle Dale E. Luffman and Robin Linkhart in the West Central USA Mission Field
  • Apostle Rick W. Maupin and Seventy Ruben Landeros in the Caribbean, Mexico and Texas USA Mission Field
  • Apostle Carlos Enrique Mejia and Seventy Bob Kyser in the Central and South America Mission Field
  • Apostle Susan D. Skoor and Seventy Gina Norton in the Pacific Mission Field
  • Apostle Leonard M. Young and Seventy Richard James in the North Atlantic (Europe/USA) Mission Field

Notes [ edit ]

  1. ^ Carina Lord Wilson and Andrew M. Shields, "Church Membership Report," in 2007 World Conference Monday Bulletin, March 26, 2007, p.269-276. Community of Christ, 2007.
  2. ^ Saturday/Sunday Bulletin World Conference 2019. Community of Christ. 2019. p. 11.
  3. ^ a b Saturday/Sunday Bulletin World Conference 2019. Community of Christ. 2019. pp. 15–16.
  4. ^ Andrew M. Shields, "Official Minutes of Business Session, Wednesday March 28, 2007," in 2007 World Conference Thursday Bulletin, March 29, 2007, p.329-330. Community of Christ, 2007.
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