Sikeston church named in list of America's fastest growing churches | Arts & Culture
SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - The First United Methodist Church of Sikeston recently made the list of America's fastest growing churches.
The Lifeway Research group recently surveyed churches throughout the United States to determine the growth and state of churches. Each year, the group releases a list highlighting the the top 100 fastest growing churches in America. The First United Methodist Church was listed in the category or churches under 1,000 in worship.
Lifeway is a leading research organization on the state of churches in America. Their president, Ed Stetzer has written several books with his research helping churches around the globe. The list includes all denominational and non-denominational churches combined.
Lifeway has been in contact with First Untied Methodist of Sikeston since March, according to Brad Aycock, worship coordinator at the church.
On Stetzer’s December 14 blog, he released the list of some of the fastest growing churches in America that have under 1,000 in worship. First UMC Sikeston is the most rural and oldest (years in existence) church on the list. It was founded in 1867.
Three Missouri churches made the top 100 list of churches that have over 1,000 in worship. They include:
- The Journey in St. Louis
- Faith Church in St. Louis
- Element Church in Wentzville
Two Missouri churches also made the "Under 1,000" list. They include:
- Restore Church in Kansas City
- First United Methodist Church in Sikeston
"The reason this is important to us is because we believe the local church is the hope of the world," said Aycock. "These numbers mean that more people are beginning a relationship with Jesus, in turn they are positively impacting their families, their communities, and our world by putting their faith in action."
To see the complete list of churches, you can click here.
For more information on First United Methodist Church of Sikeston you can visit them online by clicking here or by calling 573-421-1824.
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