Skip to comments.Episcopal Church will cease to have Sunday worship attendance in 30 years, seminary pres. warns
Posted on 02/19/2020 9:42:57 AM PST by SeekAndFind
A seminary president has warned The Episcopal Church's leadership that with the current rate of decline, they will cease to have any Sunday worship attendance in 30 years.
Kristine Stache, interim president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America-affiliated Wartburg Theological Seminary, gave a presentation Friday before the denomination's Executive Council.
Stache drew from the most recent parochial report data which found that, from 2008 to 2018, the denomination experienced a 24.9 percent decline in average Sunday attendance and a 17.5 percent decline in baptized members.
It depicts a church that appears to be dying, said Stache, as reported by Egan Millard of Episcopal News Service, labeling the statistics very sobering.
At the current rate of decline, according to Stache, the denomination will have no Sunday attendance in 30 years and no baptized members in 47 years.
Despite the somber report on statistics, Stache also said that the decline might be less showing a dying church and more one that is becoming something we have yet to imagine.
This kind of thinking looks nothing like weve ever done before. We dont have the current knowledge or solutions to address this work, she said.
In fact, we cant even define the problem. But thats the point. Living in this space is about a mental shift to a focus on questions instead of answers.
As with most religious groups in the United States, the Episcopal Church has experienced a considerable decline in membership over the past several years.
Last year, the Episcopal Churchs Office of the General Convention reported that in 2018, membership in the denomination had dropped to 1.676 million.
The 2018 total was less than half of the peak membership numbers for the denomination in 1966, when approximately 3.6 million Americans identified as Episcopalian.
One factor in the decline has been the increasingly progressive theological direction of the mainline denomination, especially regarding LGBT issues.
For example, the 2003 consecration of the Rev. Gene Robinson as the first openly gay bishop in the denominations history prompted many conservative congregations to leave in protest.
Staches presentation before the Executive Council resembles a presentation the Rev. Canon Neil Elliot gave to the leadership of The Anglican Church of Canada last November.
Presented before the ACC Council of General Synod, Elliot concluded that the Canadian denomination would effectively cease to exist by the year 2040.
ACC Archbishop Linda Nicholls said in a statement last year that Elliot's report was a wake-up call for the denomination.
Were called to do and be Gods people in a particular place, for the purpose of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, and the only question is, How do we need to share it, so that it might be heard by those around us? Nicholls said.
I guess at that time they’ll only be open for gay weddings officiated by gay priests.
That’s ok because climate change will destroy the human race in less than 12 years.
Gee I wonder what the problem could be?
> One factor in the decline has been the increasingly progressive theological direction of the mainline denomination <
Well, there you go right there. I go to church to hear the Gospel, as written. If I wanted to hear progressive theological direction Id go to Bernie Sanders rally.
It looks like attendance is already ceasing. I thought “open doors” was supposed to fill the pews.
Oh, no, where will Pete and Chasten go?? As a Catholic, I don’t want them back.
I’m sure this can’t be true. Because people with good taste will eventually show up.
With respect to the Episcopal Church, listen to the Cole Porter song “Anything Goes”. (Great song back then and still a great and relevant one now.)
That’s their philosophy and that’s why they’ll be one of the things that “goes” in the future.
When one stops proclaiming the Gospel and replaces two millennia of Christian teaching and practices with modern anti-Christian secularism spoken from the pulpit, why should this be a surprise.
From a pantheon of gods,to one and then to none.
I attend an Episcopal church in Minneapolis. I do so more for my wife than anything else. I’m Catholic.
This church has been experiencing a decline in attendance for some years now. The congregation is older. The people there, although undoubtedly very liberal, are genuinely nice people. Many know that I’m staunchly conservative on most issues and still treat me well. This church does not engage in virtue signaling, something I’m glad for.
An argument can be made for the overall nationwide decline in attendance being due to their pre-occupation with progressive and “woke” issues. There’s no doubt about it. The Presbyterians at having the same problem. But I’m seeing an overall turning away from religion in the younger population, specifically the Gen-X’ers and Gen-Y’ers.
Wait. I thought capitulating to the LGBTQ crowd was going to open up vast new vistas of people walking through the doors feeling oh so accepted and fill the pews. What happened?
“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (I Cor. 6:9-10}
“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for Gods holy people. . . For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy personsuch a person is an idolaterhas any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things Gods wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.” (Ephesians 5:3,5)
10 years, 15 at most.
The Episcopal Church has become a comfortable lifestyle choice for liberal non believers. The clergy are well paid for very little effort.
They’ve shut down several churches here, ironically one refused to do the Gay Thing and the congregation was expelled by the bishop. Ironically, the building is now rented to an evangelical Bible church. Another church the congregation just walked out.
The Episcopal Church began a slow suicide when its leadership turned away from the Gospel and embraced the worst tendencies of the world. I have a great love for the Anglican liturgical tradition and often used to attend Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis when I lived in the area. I used to go to the solidly-Christian Church of St. Michael and St. George, down the street from my university, for Good Friday services. I came close to joining the EC. Then one Sunday the priest at the cathedral announced they had chartered a bus to go to Washington to support and celebrate Roe v Wade, and that’s the last time I set foot there.
Well this clergy sure does seem to come in mighty handy when the leftist media need a "religious point of view" to validate their narrative.
RE: With respect to the Episcopal Church, listen to the Cole Porter song Anything Goes. (Great song back then and still a great and relevant one now.)
Times have changed
And we’ve often rewound the clock
Since the Puritans got a shock
When they landed on Plymouth Rock
Any shock they should try to stem
‘Stead of landing on Plymouth Rock
Plymouth Rock would land on them
In olden days, a glimpse of stocking
Was looked on as something shocking
But now, God knows
Good authors, too, who once knew better words
Now only use four-letter words
If driving fast cars you like
If low bars you like
If old hymns you like
If bare limbs you like
If Mae West you like
Or me undressed you like
Why, nobody will oppose
When ev’ry night the set that’s smart is
Intruding at nudist parties
When Missus Ned McLean (God bless her)
Can get Russian reds to “yes” her
Then I suppose
When Rockefeller still can hoard en-
-ough money to let Max Gordon
Produce his shows
The world has gone mad today
And good’s bad today
And black’s white today
And day’s night today
And that gent today
You gave a cent today
Once had several chateaus
When folks who still can ride in jitneys
Find out Vanderbilts and Whitneys
Lack baby clothes
When Sam Goldwyn can with great conviction
Instruct Anna Sten in diction
Then ‘Nana’ shows
When you hear that Lady Mendl standing up
Now turns a handspring landing up-
On her toes
Just think of those shocks you’ve got
And those knocks you’ve got
And those blues you’ve got
From those news you’ve got
And those pains you’ve got
(If any brains you’ve got)
From those little radios
So Missus R., with all her trimmings
Can broadcast abed from Simmons
Cause Franklin knows
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