Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Losses accelerated for Episcopal Church in 2006

From the Bible Belt Blogger:

Membership in the Episcopal Church dropped by 48,971 to 2,320,506 during 2006, according to preliminary statistics from the denomination's research office. Overall membership dropped roughly 2.1 percent, from 2,369,477 in 2005.

Average Sunday attendance dropped 26,018 to 804,688 from 830,706 in 2005. If I'm doing the math right, that's a 3.1 percent decline.

By comparison, membership in 2005 dropped 35,688 from 2004 levels. Attendance fell only 2,966 between 2004 and 2005.

CAUTION: These are preliminary statistics. The final statistics will likely be released later this month.

Also, keep in mind that these statistics are for all Episcopal churches around the world, not just those in the United States. If this is like past years, the statistical picture in the U.S. will be worse than the overall picture. [In 2005, for example, attendance and membership in Episccopal churches outside the U.S. actually increased, while the U.S. based parishes and missions were suffering losses.]

Check it out.
H/t to TitusOneNine. And additional info on overseas versus domestic numbers from elf girl:
These stats initially were confusing to me, as they seemed too high. We’ve gotten used to seeing a figure below 800K for 2005 ASA. The trick is that USUALLY the articles we see focusing on ECUSA stats are only talking about the 100 domestic dioceses.

Here’s the RedBook data for 2005 http://www.episcopalchurch.org/documents/2005_Red_Book_Table_of_Statistics_by_Prov_Diocese.pdf

ASA (domestic dioceses) of 787,271
Overseas ASA of 43,435
Total ASA of 830,706

Foreign dioceses have generally been GROWING while Domestic dioceses have been shrinking. See these links:
http://www.standfirminfaith.com/index.php/site/article/1839
http://standfirminfaith.com/media/ECUSA_Data_Domestic_v_Foreign2.xls
http://standfirminfaith.com/media/non_domestic_data2.xls

So, I think it would be better in the analysis above to separate out the two, as ECUSA itself does:
Domestic.
Overseas.
Total.
I think including the overseas data here is masking a steeper drop in domestic data.
--elfgirl

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