- The number of cities with an official ward or branch has quintupled in the past five years from six to 32.
- The Church organized its first branch in the city of Adzope in early 2014. Currently there are nine branches in the Adzope Cote d'Ivoire District - five of which are in Adzope. The Adzope Cote d'Ivoire District was organized last February.
- The Church organized its first branch in Aboisso in 2013. Today there are nine branches in the Aboisso Cote d'Ivoire District - three of which are located in Aboisso.
- There are now eight branches in Daloa - a major city where the Church organized its first branches in early 2014.
- The Church has recently begun to aggressively expand into small cities and towns, primarily in southeastern areas of the country. Examples include:
- Azaguié (first branch organized in mid-2015, second branch recently organized)
- La Me (location of the Ahoutoue 2nd Branch)
- The Church organized its first branch it the second most populous city of Bouake in early 2015. Currently there are five branches in the city.
- Three of the eight stakes in Abidjan currently have 12 wards. All three of these stakes appear likely to split before the end of the year. One of these stakes, the Abobo Cote d'Ivoire East Stake, was organized less than 18 months ago.
- Annual membership growth rates for Cote d'Ivoire have been sustained at 19-21% a year since 2013.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Rapid Growth Accelerates in Cote d'Ivoire
The Church in Cote d'Ivoire continues to not only report rapid growth, but accelerating growth during the first five months of 2016. The Church has reported a net increase of 24 official congregations since January 1st - an 18.5% increase in less than six months. Here is a list of some of the most noteworthy developments: