Monday, September 26, 2016

Episcopal Church membership continues steady decline

From Christian Times-

The Episcopalian Church membership continues its gradual decline as it lost 37,669 members in 2015. Between 2014 and 2015, the worship attendance in the U.S.-based denomination decreased by 20,631. Forty-three parishes have also been closed.

According to the statistics released by the Episcopal Church Office of Research, its membership decreased by 9 percent in the past five years. In 2011, the church reported having 1.9 million active members. The number has decreased to 1.7 million by 2015.

Average church attendance lowered by 12 percent in the past five years and 26 percent in the last 10 years. Despite the decline in church attendance, the average pledge has increased by 0.7 percent from $2,626 in 2014 to $2,707 in 2015.

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