Sunday, August 12, 2018

Potential New Mission Districts

See below for an updated list of mission districts which I think are likely to be organized in the next couple years. Mission districts are analogous to stakes as they administer multiple branches (usually three to ten), but they have less independence in church administration and leadership than stakes. The creation of mission districts signals progress in church growth as it is an important step for the Church to establish a "center of strength" in a new location from a handful of mission branches into a more organized entity which has potential to become a stake one day. The creation of a district from mission branches suggests sufficient maturation in local leadership to provide a sizable number of quality leaders to staff both branch and district callings.

Potential new districts listed below were identified based on recent congregational growth trends, missionary reports on the number of convert baptisms and activity rates, and distance and location from other nearby stakes and districts. Previous lists are available for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017. Locations where there are fewer than three branches are included if there is a high likelihood that additional branches will be organized within the near future in order for a district to be organized. Given the rapid expansion of the Church in West Africa into previously unreached areas, the vast majority of potential new districts listed below are located in this region.

Like other administrative and congregational units, the creation of districts is approved by the First Presidency.  Information used to compile this list does not contain any unauthorized information and I take full responsibility for this work.

AFRICA (38)

  • Afikpo Nigeria (6) [Afikpo 1st, Afikpo 2nd, Amasiri, Edda, Itim, and Ozizza Branches - all currently assigned to the Abakaliki Nigeria District]
  • Aflao Ghana (2) [Aflao and Dzodze Branches - both assigned to the Ghana Accra Mission]
  • Atta Nigeria (6) [Amakohia Ward and the Atta, Amaimo, Ogwa, Orlu, and Umundugba Branches - all currently administered by the Owerri Nigeria Stake] 
  • Bangolo Cote d'Ivoire (3) [Bangolo 1st, Bangolo 2nd, and Logouale Branches - all currently assigned to the Cote d'Ivoire Yamoussoukro Mission]
  • Blankro Cote d'Ivoire (3) [Blankro 1st, Blankro 2nd, and Blankro 3rd Branches - all currently administered by the Agboville Cote d'Ivoire District)
  • Bolgatanga Ghana (1) [Bolgatanga Branch - assigned to the Tamale Ghana District]
  • Bondoukou Cote d'Ivoire (1) [Bondoukou Branch - currently assigned to the Cote d'Ivoire Abidjan East Mission]
  • Bonny Nigeria (3) [Asarama, Bonny, and Finima Branches - all currently assigned to the Okrika Nigeria District]
  • Bori Nigeria (3) [Bori, Nortem, and Sogho Branches - all currently assigned to the Okrika Nigeria District]
  • Buchanan Liberia (1) [Buchanan Branch - assigned to the Liberia Monrovia Mission]
  • Bujumbura Burundi (5) [Bujumbura 1st, Bujumbura 2nd, Bujumbura 3rd, Kalundu, and Uvira Branches - all currently administered by the DR Congo Lubumbashi Mission]
  • Danané Cote d'Ivoire (2) [Danané and Mahapleu Branches - both assigned to the Cote d'Ivoire Yamoussoukro Mission]
  • Duekoue Cote d'Ivoire (2) [Duekoue 1st and Duekoue 2nd Branches - both assigned to the Cote d'Ivoire Yamoussoukro Mission]
  • Francistown Botswana (3) [Francistown, Gerald, and Monarch Branches- all currently administered by the Botswana/Namibia Mission]
  • Gulu Uganda (2) [Bar Dege and Gulu Branches and the Kitgum Group - all currently administered by the Uganda Kampala Mission] 
  • Hohoe Ghana (2) [Hohoe and Kpando Branches - both currently assigned to the Ho Ghana District]
  • Issia Cote d'Ivoire (2) [Issia and Saioua Branches - both assigned to the Cote d'Ivoire Yamoussoukro Mission]
  • Kaduna Nigeria (2) [Kaduna Ward and Goningora Branch - both assigned to the Abuja Nigeria North Stake]
  • Kakanda  DR Congo (3) [Fungurume, Kakanda, and Kambove Branches - all currently assigned to the Likasi DR Congo Stake]
  • Kasambalesa DR Congo (4) [Bilanga, Golf, Kasambalesa 1st, and Kasambalesa 2nd Branches - all currently assigned to the Kisanga DR Congo Stake]
  • Kisangani DR Congo (2) [Kisangani and Wagenya Branches - both assigned to the DR Congo Kinshasa Mission]
  • Kitale Kenya (5) [Kitale, Mautuma, Misikhu, Naitiri, and Sikhendu Branches - all currently administered by the Eldoret Kenya District] 
  • Klerksdorp South Africa (3) [Jouberton, Klerksdorp, and Potchefstroom Branches - all currently assigned to the South Africa Johannesburg Mission]
  • Libreville Gabon (2) [Libreville 1st and Libreville 2nd Branches - both assigned to the Republic of Congo Brazzaville Mission]
  • Lira Uganda (2) [Adyel and Lira Branches - both administered by the Uganda Kampala Mission]
  • Man Cote d'Ivoire (3) [Doyaguine, Grand Gbapleu, and Man Branches - all currently assigned to the Cote d'Ivoire Yamoussoukro Mission] 
  • Matadi DR Congo (3) [Boma, Buima, and Matadi Branches - all branches assigned to the DR Congo Kinshasa Mission]
  • Meagui Cote d'Ivoire (3) [Meagui 1st, Meagui 2nd, and Meagui 3rd Branches - all assigned to the Soubre Cote d'Ivoire District]
  • Moriba Town Sierra Leone (3) [Mogbwemo, Moriba Town, and Mosenesie Junction Branches - all assigned to the Sierra Leone Freetown Mission]
  • Nelspruit South Africa (2) [KaNyamazane and Nelspruit Branches - both currently assigned to the South Africa Johannesburg Mission]
  • Nsukwa Nigeria District (5) [Adonte 1st, Adonte 2nd, Nsukwa 1st, Nsukwa 2nd, and Ossissa Branches - all currently assigned to the Ogwashi-Nsukwa Nigeria District]
  • Odoben Ghana (4) [Odoben 1st Ward and the Asikuma, Breman Brakwa, and Odoben 2nd Branches - all congregations currently assigned to the Winneba Ghana Stake]  
  • Okposi Nigeria (2) [Enechi Akuma and Okposi Branches - both assigned to the Abakaliki Nigeria District]
  • Sapele Nigeria (3) [Jesse, Oghara, and Sapele Branches - all branches currently assigned to the Nigeria Benin City Mission]
  • Sassandra Cote d'Ivoire (2) [Niani and Sassandra Branches - both currently assigned to the San Pedro Cote d'Ivoire District]
  • Tafo Ghana (3) [Maase, Osiem, and Tafo Branches - all branches currently assigned to the Koforidua Ghana Stake]
  • Techiman Ghana (4) [Dwumoh, Kenten, Krobo, and Vatican Branches - all currently assigned to the Ghana Kumasi Mission]
  • Ugep Nigeria (2) [Ugep 1st and Ugep 2nd Branches - both currently assigned to the Nigeria Calabar Mission]
ASIA (4)
  • Mumbai India (1) [Mumbai Branch - assigned to the India New Delhi Mission]
  • Tagudin Philippines (4) [Balaoan, Bangar, Luna, and Tagudin Branches - branches currently assigned to either the Candon Phillipines or San Fernando Philippines Stakes] 
  • Vientiane Laos (2) [Vientiane 1st and Vientiane 2nd Branches - both assigned to the Udorn Thailand District]
  • Yangon Myanmar (1) [Yangon Branch - assigned to the Thailand Bangkok Mission]
EUROPE (1)
  • Krasnodar Russia (3) [Krasnodar Tsentraly, Novorossiysk, and Sochi Tsentralny Branches - all branches currently assigned to the Russia Rostov-na-Donu Mission]
  • Reykjavik Iceland (3) [Akureyri, Reykjavik, and Selfoss Branches - all branches currently assigned to the Denmark Copenhagen Mission]
LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN (1)
  • Tefé Brazil (3) [Coari, Jutaí, and Tefé Branches - all currently assigned to the Brazil Manaus Mission]
OCEANIA (1)
  • Aoba Vanuatu (5) [Apopo, Lolotinge, Lovutialao, Navuti, and Redcliff Branches - all currently assigned to the Luganville Vanuatu District]

2 comments:

Eduardo Clinch said...

The Selfoss Branch in Iceland is one of the more interesting geographic units that I have seen. I would like to know more about its history and membership.
Could Iceland get another branch soon?

John Pack Lambert said...

I find it interesting that there are several one branch listings here. Is there indication that there may be groups in the area, or the branch could be split.

I was talking to my sister's husband's sister the other day who lives in Gabon, where her husband works for the US state department. Evidently there is a group of Church members that meets in Franceville as well as the two branches in Libreville. There are also known Church members in both Equitorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe. I didn't think to ask her if these members were natives of those countries or from other countries.