Community of Christ membership and field organization

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Community of Christ membership and field organization is governed by the scriptures, resolutions and Bylaws of the Community of Christ and administered by the First Presidency, Council of Twelve and others. To be considered a member of the Community of Christ, individuals participate in two sacraments of the church: Baptism and Confirmation. Baptism in the 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. The Community of Christ reported 2006 enrollment within Mission Centers a total of 195,605 members, up from 195,432 in 2005. Ordained priesthood members in 2006 stood at 20,794, up from 20,700 in 2005. Membership totals for the year 2006 in each mission center are shown in the table below.[1]

Membership by jurisdicition[edit]

Mission Center Name 2006 Enrollment Mission Field[2]
Alabama-Northwest Florida 2479 Southern USA
Arizona 2187 West Central USA
Ark-La-Tex 917 Southern USA
Australia 2017 Pacific
Bountiful 2232 East Central USA
British Isles 1373 North Atlantic (Europe/USA)
Brush Creek 2506 East Central USA
Canada East 5679 Canada/North Central (USA)
Canada West 2610 Canada/North Central (USA)
Caribbean 545 Caribbean, Mexico and Texas USA
Cedar Valley - Nauvoo 2591 East Central USA
Central Africa 9583 Africa and Haiti
Central America 2022 Central and South America
Central Missouri 3259 Southern USA
Central 15481 Central and Michigan USA
Chesapeake Bay 1615 North Atlantic (Europe/USA)
Chicago 1591 East Central USA
Coastal Bend 1959 Caribbean, Mexico and Texas USA
Dominican Republic 1108 Caribbean, Mexico and Texas USA
East Asia 526 Asia
Eastern Great Lakes 2879 East Central USA
Europe 1151 North Atlantic (Europe/USA)
Far West 2630 West Central USA
Florida 2760 Southern USA
French Polynesia 6882 Pacific
Gateway 2755 East Central USA
Greater Pacific Northwest 6218 Pacific
Gulf 2044 Southern USA
Haiti 10970 Africa and Haiti
Headwaters 2659 Canada/North Central (USA)
Heart of Michigan 2602 Central and Michigan USA
Heart of Texas 1416 Caribbean, Mexico and Texas USA
Inland West 3075 West Central USA
Kentucky - Indiana 1563 East Central USA
Lamoni Heartland 3823 Canada/North Central (USA)
Mexico - Texas 778 Caribbean, Mexico and Texas USA
Michigan Blue Water 3259 Central and Michigan USA
Mid-Atlantic 1984 North Atlantic (Europe/USA)
Midlands 5260 West Central USA
Mid-South 2179 Southern USA
New England 2069 North Atlantic (Europe/USA)
Northern Great Lakes 2615 Central and Michigan USA
Oklahoma 3605 West Central USA
Pacific Island 1506 Pacific
Prairie Bluffs 4596 Canada/North Central (USA)
Rio Grande 862 West Central USA
Rocky Mountain 3873 West Central USA
Sierra Pacific 3378 Pacific
South America 785 Central and South America
South Central Asia 6284 Asia
South Central States 4805 Southern USA
South East Africa 7017 Africa and Haiti
Southeast Asia 1457 Asia
Southeast USA 1753 Southern USA
Southern California 2347 Pacific
Southern Great Lakes International 6489 Central and Michigan USA
Southwest International 1685 Pacific
West Africa 8749 Africa and Haiti
Western Ohio 2151 East Central USA

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. ^ 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.