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Research Director Calls Membership Loss ‘Precipitous’ [TEC]
The Living Church Foundation ^ | 11/06/2006

Posted on 11/07/2006 10:47:49 AM PST by sionnsar

The Episcopal Church has suffered a net loss of nearly 115,000 members since 2003, but the Very Rev. James B. Lemler, the church’s director of mission, said those numbers “are not more than we expected.”

In an interview with The Christian Century magazine, Dean Lemler said that church officials were in fact encouraged that average Sunday attendance (ASA) in 2005 did not decline as much as it had in 2003 and 2004. ASA in 2005 was 787,000 people, 8,500 fewer than in 2004.

C. Kirk Hadaway, the director of research for The Episcopal Church, told the magazine that “we were actually doing better than most other mainline denominations in the 1990s through 2002, with a few years of growth. So it is a precipitous drop in losing 36,000 in both 2003 and 2004, and now 42,000 in 2005.” The losses bring the church’s reported active membership to just over 2.2 million.

Dr. Hadaway said The Episcopal Church faces significant deterrents to growth in that Episcopalians have the lowest birth rate among U.S. Christians and nearly 60 percent of members are 50 or older. However, a study that Dr. Hadaway conducted with Penny Long Marler of Samford University and presented in October to the Religious Research Association also noted that 48 percent of Episcopal congregations said they had experienced “moderate” to “very severe” conflict over the 2003 decision to permit the consecration of Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.

TOPICS: Mainline Protestant
KEYWORDS: fauxchristians; religiousleft
Midwest Conservative Journal

Those Episcopal Church numbers sure are odd what with TEC being so damned inclusive and all:

The theology of inclusion in the Episcopal Church is drawing in ’unchurched’ people from ethnic minorities who have historically been marginalized in American church and society, said the Rev. Dr. Fred Vergara, national missioner for Asian American Ministries of the Episcopal Church.

"I think the message they are getting is that if the Church is capable of welcoming and empowering women, gays and lesbians as equal members of the Body of Christ, then it is capable of welcoming and empowering almost everybody," Vergara said. "It is a radical form of hospitality that says, ’you are accepted whoever and whatever you are and you don’t need to be like us.’ It is a closer approximation of God’s unconditional love."

Now that you mention it...

1 posted on 11/07/2006 10:47:50 AM PST by sionnsar
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2 posted on 11/07/2006 10:49:02 AM PST by sionnsar (?|Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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Duh...a gay church won't have much growth.

3 posted on 11/07/2006 10:49:45 AM PST by kittymyrib
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thats interesting ive seen ethnic minorities quit coming to my episcobaalian temple

4 posted on 11/07/2006 11:06:04 AM PST by stan_sipple
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Duh...a gay church won't have much growth.

Especially when you encourage the heteros to abort at any time for any reason.

5 posted on 11/07/2006 7:51:15 PM PST by lightman (The Office of the Keys should be exercised as some ministry needs to be exorcised)
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