Episcopal Church Reports Lowest Membership In 70 Years
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Just saw this on the EWTN newsfeed: http://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=116267

1-November-2011 -- Catholic News Agency

Episcopal Church Reports Lowest Membership In 70 Years

(http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=23667)

WASHINGTON D.C., November 1 (CNA) - New statistics from the Episcopal Church show the group's loss of more than 200,000 members and 300 parishes between 2006 and 2010, bringing membership to its lowest since the 1930s.

In an Oct. 22 blog entry, commentator David Virtue noted that if the U.S. branch of the Anglican Communion continues to lose active members at the present rate, then "in 26 years there will no longer be anyone attending an Episcopal church."

Virtue made his prediction based on figures showing five years of consistent decline in average Sunday worship attendance, as well as total membership and number of parishes, in the Episcopal Church.

The official "Episcopal Domestic Fast Facts Trends 2006-2010" document showed a 16 percent decline in members since 2000.

The denomination has lost an average of 25,798 Sunday worshipers each year since 2006, bringing the total of U.S. Episcopal worshipers on a given Sunday to 657,831 in 2010. Overall, the Sunday attendance rate in Episcopal communities has declined by 23 percent since 2000.

With a total membership of 1,951,907 in 2010, the Episcopal Church has reached its lowest rate of membership since the 1930s. According to the Association of Religion Data Archives, the mainline Protestant denomination last reported having less than 2 million members in 1939.

Episcopalianism peaked numerically in 1959 with more than 3.4 million members. Since 1968, however, it has lost over one third of its membership.

According to the official numbers, 68 percent of congregations now include 100 or fewer people at an average Sunday service.

Meanwhile, 57 percent of Episcopal congregations have seen their typical Sunday attendance decline by over 10 percent since 2006. Fewer than one-fifth of all congregations have experienced an equivalent growth in Sunday worship attendance.

Despite rates of inflation ranging from 0.1 percent to 4.1 percent, Episcopal congregations collected less money from pledges and collections in 2008, 2009, and 2010, compared to the year before.

Controversy has plagued the main U.S. branch of the Anglican Communion since its decision to appoint the openly homosexual Bishop Gene Robinson in 2003. On Oct. 17, Episcopal News Service reported on plans for a three-year trial of "a rite for same-gender blessings" to be performed in church.
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No surprise when these maniacs are trying to bring Pelagius back into good standing.
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(11-01-2011, 12:52 PM)Crusading Philologist Wrote: No surprise when these maniacs are trying to bring Pelagius back into good standing.

I thought you were joking, but alas....no. 
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Well when they don't have enough tithe coming from members to maintain the upkeep of St. Paul's they should give it back to the rightful owners, the Catholic Church.  I've read there's more practicing Catholics in England now than Anglicans anyway.
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(11-01-2011, 03:55 PM)mikemac Wrote: Well when they don't have enough tithe coming from members to maintain the upkeep of St. Paul's they should give it back to the rightful owners, the Catholic Church.  I've read there's more practicing Catholics in England now than Anglicans anyway.

The original Saint Paul's burnt to the ground during the Great Fire of London in 1666. 

The current building was never Catholic. 
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(11-01-2011, 03:55 PM)mikemac Wrote: .  I've read there's more practicing Catholics in England now than Anglicans anyway.

True. To put things into even more perspective, there are more Catholics in NYC than there are Episcopalians throughout the entire U.S. "Old Money" is what keeps many of these  Episcopalian churches afloat. Certainly the heresies of someone like John Shelby Spong doesn't keep it going.

I often wonder if the American South had stayed mainly Episcopalian instead of turning Baptist a few generations ago, would they have eventually converted to Catholicism?
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(11-01-2011, 04:02 PM)Someone1776 Wrote:
(11-01-2011, 03:55 PM)mikemac Wrote: Well when they don't have enough tithe coming from members to maintain the upkeep of St. Paul's they should give it back to the rightful owners, the Catholic Church.  I've read there's more practicing Catholics in England now than Anglicans anyway.

The original Saint Paul's burnt to the ground during the Great Fire of London in 1666. 

The current building was never Catholic. 

Okay, I didn't realize that.  Yeah the 1666 fire, they thought it was the end of the world.

Yeah CrusaderKing and a lot of that "Old Money" was acquired by theft too. 
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Hahahaha.

Trying to reinstate Pelagius.  I'm beginning to doubt that there's more than a handful of sincere Episcopalians in the country.  If you're trying to reinstate Pelagius then why even bother being an Episcopalian?
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But, but, isn't Pelagius the father of the nanny state utopia ?  We can do it, Yes we can !

tim
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(11-01-2011, 04:49 PM)Walty Wrote: Hahahaha.

Trying to reinstate Pelagius.  I'm beginning to doubt that there's more than a handful of sincere Episcopalians in the country.  If you're trying to reinstate Pelagius then why even bother being an Episcopalian?

Ha, all kinds of heresies, both old and new!

The odd thing about Episcopalians/Anglicans is that they tend to fall into three different camps...the ones that can trickle in and out of evangelicalism very comfortably, the ones who call themselves Anglo-Catholics who are slowly trickling into the Catholic Church, and the very liberal ones who undermine the core of Christianity until their followers say "why bother?".  From any of those three angles they are slowly bleeding members.  Actually I've found that my evangelical friends who are looking for a more firm theological foundation and more authentic liturgical worship wind up in Episcopalian churches, so they do gain some, but I pray that it's only a matter of time before they take the big step toward Rome.
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