Disciples have big year with new churches

Denomination doubles its goal
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) started 82 churches last year—the highest number in almost a century—and is well on its way to planting 1,000 new churches by 2020, church officials said.

The Indianapolis-based denomination more than doubled its goal of 38 new churches in 2003; the projected increase of 1 percent more than doubled to 2.16 percent, said Rick Morse, director of New Church Ministry. “You have to go back almost 100 years to see this kind of growth in Disciples congregations,” Morse said. The last year with a comparable increase was 1953, when 76 churches were launched.


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