Showing posts with label El Salvador. Show all posts
Showing posts with label El Salvador. Show all posts

Sunday, June 19, 2011

New Stakes Organized in Brazil, DR Congo, and El Salvador; New District Organized in Vanuatu


A new stake was organized in Rio de Janeiro.  The Rio de Janeiro Brazil Engenho de Dentro Stake was organized from the Rio de Janeiro Brazil and Rio de Janeiro Brazil Andaraí Stakes.  Compared to other Brazilian cities, few new stakes have been organized in Rio de Janeiro over the past decade as only two new stakes were organized between 2000 and 2010 (Rio de Janeiro Brazil Itaguaí Stake in 2005 and the Arsenal Brazil Stake in 2009).  Rio de Janeiro is one of the cities with the most stakes without a temple currently.  There are now ten LDS stakes in the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area and 242 stakes in Brazil.  Congregational growth rates have been very slow so far in 2011 for Brazil compared to previous years.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

A new stake will be created in the interior of the DR Congo in Luputa this month.  The Luputa DR Congo Stake will be organized from the Luputa DR Congo District and will become the most recently organized district to become a stake in the LDS Church at present as the district was initially organized in 2006 with four branches.  At present the district has ten branches and it is unclear how many of the branches will become wards.  Last month another district in the country in Kananga became a stake with six wards and two branches.  There are now nine stakes in the DR Congo and the likelihood of additional stake organizations appears highly likely in the coming months and years.

El Salvador

The second LDS stake to be organized in over a decade in El Salvador was created a week ago.  The Sonzacate El Salvador Stake was organized from the Sonsonate El Salvador Stake and includes the following six wards and one branch: The Armenia, El Angel, Izalco, La Ponderosa, Nahuilingo, and Sonzacate Wards and the San Julian Branch.  The Sonsonate El Salvador Stake now has six wards.  There are now 18 stakes and two districts in El Salvador.  Also this summer the El Salvador San Salvador West Mission will be relocated to Santa Ana.


The third LDS district in Vanuatu was recently organized.  The Malakula Vanuatu District was organized from the Luganville Vanuatu District and includes the following six branches on the island of Malakula: The Litslits, Lowni, Pinalum, Tulewei, Uripiv, and Wala Branches.  Prospects for the organization of additional districts is highly likely, especially for the islands of Ambae (five branches) and Tanna (four branches).

Monday, January 11, 2010

Congregation Growth Outside the United States: 2008

I have not yet provided a list of countries with the largest congregation increases for 2008. The 2007 list can be found here. Congregations increased by 120 outside the United States and 282 worldwide. Below is a list of countries which had an increase of five or more congregations. The United States has been omitted.
  1. Brazil + 53
  2. Mexico + 15
  3. Peru + 12
  4. South Africa + 11
  5. Honduras + 6
  6. Ghana + 6
  7. El Salvador + 5
  8. Democratic Republic of the Congo + 5
81% of the total non-United States increase in congregations can be attributed to the top five countries. Official congregation totals for 2009 will not be available until April.

Friday, June 26, 2009

New Stake In El Salvador

A new stake was created a couple Sundays ago in El Salvador. The new stake is the Paraíso El Salvador Stake, which was created from the Santa Ana El Salvador Modelo Stake. The new stake has five wards and becomes the 17th stake in El Salvador and the third in the city of Santa Ana. The last time a new stake was created in El Salvador was back in 1996. The growth of the Church in El Salvador has recently increased from a decade or so of little growth in terms of both membership and the number of congregations. Last year membership in El Salvador increased by the largest percentage since 2000 at 3.52%, or adding around 3,500 members since the end of 2007. Five new congregations were also organized last year.

I do not think that we will see many new stakes organized in El Salvador until we have more congregations created in the already established stakes. I do not know how close the districts in San Vicente and Usulutan are to becoming stakes, but I imagine that they will be likely locations for future stakes in the country. I think we might see a new member district or two created in El Salvador in the near future in locations such as Chalatenango or Armenia, where we have multiple mission branches of the Church.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Another New Stake in Brazil, Stake Dissolved in Guatemala

Last Sunday another new stake was created in Brazil. The Canoas Brazil North Stake was created most likely from a division of the Canoas Stake (which has had over 10 wards for quite some time). This brings the total number of stakes in Brazil up to 220.

Furthermore, I wanted to note that the Mazatenango Guatemala East Stake was dissolved last May. The two stakes in the city each had five wards or so and were combined to created a stronger stake.

I also noticed that the Ahuachapan El Salvador Stake was taken off of the Church's temple district listings. I find it hard to believe that the stake was dissolved because it had seven wards and a few branches up until recently from what I have heard. If anyone can confirm the stake's continued functioning or dissolution, it would be appreciated. I imagine that this a technical error, especially considering that the Chimaltenango Guatemala Stake is listed twice (and is about the same size as the Ahuachapan El Salvador Stake).

The number of wards in El Salvador has increased by 10 or so in the past couple years, a significant gain compared to the previous five years. One of the stakes in the western region of the country is also close to splitting, doubling in size in the past five years. With a temple under construction that was announced only a year ago, the Church in El Salvador has definitely strengthened in the past decade, with 100,000 members today.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Groundbreaking Set For San Salvador El Salvador Temple

According to , the groundbreaking for the temple announced at the end of last year in El Salvador will be on the 20th of December. With one of the highest member to congregation ratios in the world, El Salvador has high inactivity but has consistently had new congregations created in the past few years. Last year El Salvador has the largest increase in membership in over five years. There were 98,575 members in 16 stakes and two districts as of the end of 2007.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Countries With High Inactivity

A good indicator for how many members of the Church participate in worship services in a particular country is by taking the ratio of members to congregations. Wards and branches need to have leadership in order to function and if that leadership is absent or small, new congregations do not get formed as often or congregations combine. This indicator works well for countries that have more stakes and districts. In places like Russia or Thailand, it does not provide as accurate of a picture because of the large number of branches in those countries.

Here is a list of the 15 countries with the highest members to congregation ratio. Countries with less than 1,000 have been omitted from the list.
  1. Chile - 888
  2. Hong Kong - 684
  3. Bolivia - 632
  4. El Salvador - 619
  5. Nicaragua - 615
  6. Ecuador - 598
  7. Peru - 588
  8. Colombia - 560
  9. Mexico - 559
  10. Brazil - 553
  11. Honduras - 552
  12. Uruguay - 551
  13. South Korea - 546
  14. Dominican Republic - 543
  15. Philippines - 533

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Likely New Stakes in Central America: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama

Here are some likely new stakes to be created in Central America. Districts likely to mature into stakes are written in italics and stakes likely to split are in standard font. Plus signs indicate possible districts combining to form a new stake. I also give a short summary of the status of the Church in these countries as well. These predictions are made to the best of my knowledge and are not guaranteed to happen. If you have any questions or comments, please provide feedback. Lastly, the number of current branches in districts is provided to the best of my knowledge.

PANAMA: Most stakes are small with only around five to seven wards. Some districts close to stakehood.
  • Alcalde Diaz - 8
  • San Blas - 7
  • Concepcion + Puerto Armuelles - 7

COSTA RICA: One of the highest ward to stake ratios in the world - 44 wards in five stakes, or about nine to one. Districts are small and unlikely to grow into stakes in the near future.

  • Alajuela
  • San Jose

NICARAGUA: Seven out of Nicaragua's eight stakes have been created since 2000, all of which were districts maturing into stakes. Like Panama, most stakes have five to seven wards. Most districts have few branches.

  • Chinandega
  • Granada - 5
  • Managua Tipitapa (4)+ portion of a stake in Managua

EL SALVADOR: Almost entirely covered by stakes; most have six to eight wards.

  • Usulutan - 6