Three churches in the Alabama-West Florida Conference are on LenWilson's "Top 25 Fastest Growing Large United Methodist Churches, 2018 Edition
." According to the Website, "The purpose of the fastest growing churches list is to celebrate hearts, lives and communities being changed through the ministries of congregations across the United States." The site also explains that the list is generated on attendance trends from the past five years and numbers that are reported to GCFA.
Crosspoint UMC, led by Rev. Rurel Ausley, is listed as number six; Destin UMC led by Dr. Barry Carpenter is number seventeen; and number eighteen on the list is Covenant UMC, led by Dr. Hays McKay.
"We appreciate LenWilson acknowledging our church's growth," stated Rev. Rurel Ausley, lead pastor at Crosspoint UMC in Niceville, FL. "It is vital to us to see our attendance grow but what speaks to me more is to see lives changed and disciples made. At the root of any successful church is a strong clergy and lay partnership where many members are involved. I am always humbled to see the direct impact we are having on the communities around us through God's love."
The site also notes, "There are many reasons healthy, vibrant churches might not be on this list, and the list is designed to celebrate stories of changing hearts, lives and communities. It is not designed in any way to diminish the efforts of churches that didn’t meet the list’s requirement standards."
"We are grateful to all churches in the conference who focus on disciple making, whether they are small, medium or large membership churches," said Bishops David Graves. "The three Alabama-West Florida Conference churches noted in this 2018 list are all outstanding model churches. They are led by pastors who stay focused on mission and ministry and are doing incredible Kingdom work in their communities. I am thankful for the impact they are having in their respective areas."
Click here to see the 2018 edition
. Previous lists for the 2017 edition
, the 2016 edition
, the 2015 edition
and the 2011 edition
can be found in the individual yearly links.