Skip to comments.Susan Russell Has It All Explained For Her [Anglican]
Posted on 09/14/2006 7:42:24 PM PDT by sionnsar
There are some priceless comments over at Mark Harris's blog. Skip, as always, Harris's editorial itself. Skip, too, the repeated calls in the comment thread by the inclusive left for the orthodox to just leave already, and the sooner the better. Pick up where an anonymous poster asks,
wouldnt we be better off without this small group
It's not that "small" a group. The Episcopal Church is hemmorhaging an average of 700 people a week.
And I'm always intrigued by the "700 Club" numbers ... who came up with that and where's the data to back that up ... or is another one of those "The Network Said it, I believe it, That Settles it" things?
No Susan, it's data published by the Episcopal Church, and it comes from these two links at the Episcopal Church website:
www.episcopalchurch.org/23235_28079_ENG_HTM.htm, and: www.episcopalchurch.org/documents/FAST_FACTS_2004.pdf
But, I can save you the trouble. Here is "the [TEC] data to back that up:"
2002 - 2003 - 2004
Parishes and Missions
7305 7,220 7,200
Net Change in Active Membership from Prev. Yr.
-8,201 -35,988 -36,414
% of Churches Declining 10% in Membership
35% 36% 39%
Total Average Sunday Attendance (ASA)
846,640 823,017 795,765
% of Churches Declining 10% in ASA
39% 43% 46%
% of Congregations with 200 Members or Less
53% 53% 54%
Median Active Baptized Members
185 182 177
Median Average Sunday Worship Attendance
79 77 75
Take the 2004 membership loss of 36,414 and divide it by 52 weeks in the year. You get an average enrollment drop of 700 members per week.
If you look at the 2002 loss of 8,201 (an average loss of 157 per week) and the 2003 spike to over 35,000 . . . . Well, something happened in '03 that really opened the floodgates, and I'll bet it wasn't free milk and cookies over at the Unitarians' place.
If you extend the figures out over the next hundred years, assuming that they remain constant, you can ascertain that the Episcopal Church will be mathematically extinct in 72 years.
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