The Foundation for Evangelism, a national organization of The United Methodist Church based in Lake Junaluska, N.C., has recognized Blue Grass United Methodist Church in Evansville, Ind. as a Vibrant Church.

These are congregations that experience a 20 percent growth in a five year period of time. “Celebrating Vibrant Churches” has been developed as an online resource for clergy and laity from across the connection, who are seeking creative, successful evangelism practice ideas.

Dr. Kenneth Lambert, director of church relations at the Foundation, has interviewed pastors of select churches that have displayed some of the fastest growing attendance numbers in the nation. These interviews are featured on the “Celebrating Vibrant Churches” section of our website, which continues to be the most visited area of our website.

During the past 15 years, Blue Grass has experienced tremendous change. From one traditional worship service to three contemporary and one traditional service, from 130 in worship to 430 in worship, from 250 members to more than 600 members and from four staff members to 20, including a pre-school ministry.

According to Southwest District Superintendent George Purnell, Blue Grass leaders voted July 31 to expand Blue Grass UMC for relocation to a more accessible and visible site, Black’s Chapel UMC. Black’s Chapel approved a plan on Aug. 7.

“Both these charge conferences were unusually well attended and extremely positive. Both congregations have big dreams,” Purnell commented.

Visit to read a story about the Blue Grass UMC and other churches. The Foundation for Evangelism’s July e-newsletter fastFORWARD also features Blue Grass UMC.