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US Episcopalians fail on attendance
titusonenine ^ | 4/28/2006

Posted on 04/29/2006 6:07:30 PM PDT by sionnsar

AMERICAN Episcopalians have the lowest rate of worship attendance of any Christian denomination, a Gallup poll reports. Episcopalians come third from last on the table of weekly attendance with less than one in three attending services, beating only Jews and those who have no religion. The Episcopal Church “is prone to attract people with less sense of being full-blown Episcopalians than simply participants in a particular congregation that happens to be Episcopal” the Rev Dr William Sachs, Vice President for Learning and Leadership at the Episcopal Church Foundation in New York, told The Church of England Newspaper. “The good news is that we get people in the door; the challenge is to hold them and to form them,” Dr Sachs, the Church’s leading statistician, noted.

In a series of interviews conducted from 2002 to 2005, Gallup interviewed 11,000 adult Americans and asked, “How often do you attend church or synagogue — at least once a week, almost every week, about once a month, seldom, or never?” Approximately 44 per cent of American adults reported attending worship services weekly, or almost weekly, the April 14 report stated. The results varied among religious groups and denominations with almost two-thirds of Mormons, conservative Protestants and Pentecostal Protestants reporting they attended weekly services. Roman Catholics and members of the ‘mainline’ Protestant churches: Lutherans, Methodists and Presbyterians varied in attendance between 43 and 45 per cent. Episcopalians came last among Christian denominations, reporting only 32 per cent weekly attendance while Jews reported only 15 per cent attendance.

Dr Sachs noted that Sunday worship attendance did not completely measure the vitality of the Church. “We often put great emphasis on small-group life either in study and prayer groups or in mission and outreach groups. “The good news is that active congregations offer a variety of doorways to participation; the bad news is that too often we are unclear about our identity as Christians and our direction as Episcopal congregations. People like to know where they are going and why,” he said.

Conflict within the Church may have diminished attendance as well, he noted. However the “most important factor” Dr Sachs said, was that people “want clear religious identity and clear, practical purpose”. “A dual focus on formation and on mission would do much to enhance the Episcopal Church’s life,” he said.

–Church of England Newspaper

TOPICS: Mainline Protestant
[One reason attendance figures are down are the departures. "The challenge is to hold them"?

Dr. Sachs, an awful lot of your church has just walked away over the past four decades, not bothering with forwarding addresses (letters dimissory), because of our former church's departure from the Faith,finding new homes in Continuing, Orthodox, Roman and Protestant churches. Only those of us in the Continuing Churches are ever likely to darken your doors again, and then only after a major reformation of your church has occurred.
(signed) A Cradle and Continuing Anglican,

1 posted on 04/29/2006 6:07:32 PM PDT by sionnsar
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2 posted on 04/29/2006 6:08:17 PM PDT by sionnsar (†† | Iran Azadi 2006 | SONY: 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0urs)
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I think a few more Gay Bishops would help things. [/sarc]

3 posted on 04/29/2006 6:15:19 PM PDT by keithtoo ("Drilling in ANWar is OK with us" - Alaskan Caribou Benevolent Association.)
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Not surprised. They turned their backs and sought after man
rejecting God.

4 posted on 04/29/2006 6:35:31 PM PDT by ChiMark
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“A dual focus on formation and on mission would do much to enhance the Episcopal Church’s life,” he said.

Moron. One reason the mainline is dying is that they have dull-witted ideologues for leaders. Here's a radical notion for the "Rev Dr": how about a single focus on the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Nah. No way. What was I thinking.

5 posted on 04/29/2006 7:29:16 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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The "whatever is cool and hip" crowd of religious groups finds it hard to keep people with convictions?

Imagine that!

6 posted on 04/30/2006 4:35:34 AM PDT by PeteB570 (Sharia. Coming to a town near you.)
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So much for the idea of the "up to date inclusive church."

It doesn't work. I guess spiritual arsenic is good for the soul. (sarcasm)

7 posted on 04/30/2006 1:03:51 PM PDT by pravknight (Christos Regnat, Christos Imperat, Christus Vincit)
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