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]

As of the 2016 World Conference, membership had increased to 250,301 with 199,485 members being enrolled with a Mission Center. The number of Priesthood members as of 2015 stands at 20,552 with 10,334 holding the Aaronic Priesthood and 10,218 holding the Melchisedec Priesthood.[2]

Membership by Mission Center[edit]

Mission Center Name 2006 Enrollment 2013 Enrollment[3] 2014 Enrollment 2015 Enrollment Mission Field[4]
Alabama-Northwest Florida USA 2479 2437 2434 2422 Southern USA
Arizona USA 2187 2102 2103 2095 West Central USA
Ark-La-Tex USA 917 878 880 880 Southern USA
Australia 2017 1929 2598 2672 Pacific
Bountiful USA 2232 2165 2152 2140 East Central USA
Brazil 357 358 359
British Isles 1373 1281 1273 1276 North Atlantic (Europe/USA)
Brush Creek USA 2506 2292 2230 2253 East Central USA
Canada East 5679 5506 5469 5598 Canada/North Central (USA)
Canada West 2610 2421 2416 2395 Canada/North Central (USA)
Caribbean 545 633 656 671 Caribbean, Mexico and Texas USA
Cedar Valley - Nauvoo 2591 2553 2543 2528 East Central USA
Central Africa 9583 Africa and Haiti
Central America 2022 2764 2762 2759 Central and South America
Central Missouri USA 3259 3050 3044 3007 Southern USA
Central USA 15481 14808 14704 14622 Central and Michigan USA
Chesapeake Bay USA 1615 1647 1643 1640 North Atlantic (Europe/USA)
Chicago USA 1591 1526 1521 1519 East Central USA
Coastal Bend USA 1959 1960 1962 1960 Caribbean, Mexico and Texas USA
Congo Katanga 11,738 11776 11792
Dominican Republic 1108 1425 1471 1508 Caribbean, Mexico and Texas USA
East Asia 526 555 555 560 Asia
Eastern Great Lakes USA 2879 2750 2701 2614 East Central USA
Eurasia 412 412 417
Europe 1151 North Atlantic (Europe/USA)
Far West USA 2630 2516 2480 2470 West Central USA
Florida USA 2760 2854 2861 2893 Southern USA
French Polynesia 6882 7528 7772 7990 Pacific
Gateway USA 2755 2732 2718 2709 East Central USA
Greater Pacific Northwest USA 6218 6014 5981 5985 Pacific
Gulf USA 2044 2057 2074 2080 Southern USA
Haiti 10970 11056 11081 11082 Africa and Haiti
Headwaters USA/ Canada 2659 2608 2617 2612 Canada/North Central (USA)
Heart of Michigan 2602 Central and Michigan USA
Heart of Texas USA 1416 1376 1379 1364 Caribbean, Mexico and Texas USA
Inland West USA 3075 3010 3015 2898 West Central USA
Ivory Coast 589 609 630
Kentucky - Indiana USA 1563 1567 1553 1548 East Central USA
Kenya 3401 3525 3654
Lamoni Heartland USA 3823 3680 3656 3624 Canada/North Central (USA)
Liberia 2609 2608 2620
Malawi 2423 2459 2460
Mexico - Texas Mexico/USA 778 813 814 815 Caribbean, Mexico and Texas USA
Michigan USA/Canada 14728 14711 14534
Michigan Blue Water 3259 Central and Michigan USA
Mid-Atlantic USA 1984 1888 1870 1873 North Atlantic (Europe/USA)
Midlands 5260 5134 5124 5128 West Central USA
Mid-South USA 2179 2572 2607 2650 Southern USA
New England USA 2069 1978 1956 1946 North Atlantic (Europe/USA)
Nigeria 6086 6126 6172
Northern Great Lakes 2615 Central and Michigan USA
Northwest South America 414 415 416
Oklahoma USA 3605 3571 3560 3559 West Central USA
Pacific Island 1506 1526 1554 1574 Pacific
Prairie Bluffs USA 4596 4524 4509 4502 Canada/North Central (USA)
Rio Grande USA 862 844 838 841 West Central USA
Rocky Mountain USA 3873 3804 3796 3784 West Central USA
Sierra Pacific USA 3378 3261 3245 3231 Pacific
South America 785 Central and South America
South Central Africa 2454 2529 2642
South Central Asia 6284 6936 6985 7004 Asia
South Central States USA 4805 4726 4719 4671 Southern USA
South East Africa 7017 Africa and Haiti
Southeast Asia 1457 1500 1594 1606 Asia
Southeast USA 1753 1761 1719 1722 Southern USA
Southern California USA 2347 1922 1882 1865 Pacific
Southern Cone of South America 111 111 111
Southern Great Lakes International 6489 Central and Michigan USA
Southwest International (USA/Mexico) 1685 1624 1635 1625 Pacific
West Africa 8749 Africa and Haiti
West Congo Kinshasa 5 5 4
Western Europe 828 820 817
Western Ohio USA 2151 2087 2093 2087 East Central USA
Mission Center Enrollment Total 195,605 198,306 199,268 199,485
World Church General 50,824 50,864 50,816
Grand Total 249,130 250,132 250,301

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 2016. Community of Christ. 2016. p. 40. 
  3. ^ Saturday/Sunday Bulletin World Conference 2016. Community of Christ. 2016. pp. 46–47. 
  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.