Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Dioceses of Pittsburgh membership

Diocesan leadership likes to talk about the growth of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. This is an excerpt from a pastoral letter in 2007 -

"In trying times, St. Paul instructs us not only to be steadfast and immovable, but also to “abound in the work of the Lord, knowing that in Him [our] labor is not in vain.” All of us need to stay focused on the mission: locally, regionally, nationally and globally. Despite the trials of this season the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh continues to prosper. One sign of this is the statistics available from the Episcopal Church itself. When adjusted for population growth or loss, our diocese, over the last twelve years, is number three in the nation among ninety-nine Episcopal dioceses for growth in average Sunday attendance. (South Carolina, another Network diocese, was number one and Nevada was number ninety-nine.)"

If you want to see what those numbers look like its here -

The pastoral letter can be found here-

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This claim probably comes from the detailed analysis done here:

The analysis was done on data between 1992 and 2004, so it is now getting a bit dated.