Don R. House, Sr.
I have benefitted from years of local church involvement as a layman and years of studies of growth and decline of churches through local church year-end reports—from 1974 to 2020. I serve as president of the Institute for Local Church Growth (ILCG), supervised by the West District but serving annual conferences and local churches throughout the U.S.
United Methodist churches form unique environments for open discussion and dialog that can rarely happen effectively in secular settings. Many prospective members yearn for productive discussions around theology, Wesley’s sermons and writings, and societal challenges. Success is evidenced by a common question: “I have been a member of this church for 20 years, and why am I just now learning this material?”