The UUWorld reported on 04/12/10 that the UUA membership is declining.
"A year ago UUA membership declined by 132 members for a total of 156,015 adult members. This year membership dropped 267, a decline of .16 percent. Total adult membership this year is 155,748."
An even more troubling indicator is that religious ed enrollment is declining.
Religious education enrollment dropped 1,262, for a total of 55,846 children and youth this year. A year ago it dropped 809. In 2002 it was 60,895.
UUA President, Peter Morales, made these recommendations to stimulate church growth to the UUA board in April:
■Create and sustain a sense of urgency “based on a shared vision of what is possible for our movement.” He cautions: “Urgency is not panic. Urgency is a sense that we can and must change if we are to create the congregations and movement we seek.”
■Stimulate growth by learning from our growing congregations.
■Focus on improving ministerial quality and diversity.
■Help congregations become engaged in social justice work in their own communities.
■Use social media to break down barriers among congregations and to reach out to seekers.
I don't think these suggestions will lead to growth.
We are starting a new UU congregation in Brockport NY which we have named the Brockport Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. There are many independent pentacostal Bible thumping churches in our area that are growing great guns, but BUUF is struggling. We have about 25 committed members and our goal is to get to 50 by the end of the year.
How do we get there? I don't think Peter Morales's suggestions help us at all. Anybody got any better suggestions?