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2011 saw membership growth in 33 dioceses

2011 saw membership growth in 33 dioceses

Thirty-three diocese of the Episcopal Church showed membership growth in 2011 according to statistic released today by The Research Office of the Episcopal Church


Among the findings in the media release from the Office of Public Affairs:

– In 2011, membership in the Episcopal Church is 2,096,389 with 1,923,046 in the domestic (50 U.S. states) dioceses and 173,343 in the non-domestic (non U.S. states) dioceses.

– Twenty-seven domestic dioceses showed growth in membership in the past year: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Dallas, Fort Worth, Maine, Maryland, Navajo Missions, Nevada, North Carolina, Northern Michigan, Northwest Texas, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Quincy, South Carolina, South Dakota, Southeast Florida, Southwestern Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Tennessee, West Missouri, Wyoming.

– In the non-domestic dioceses, growth in membership was marked in six dioceses: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador-Litoral, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Venezuela.

– The Average Sunday Attendance table shows a total for the Episcopal Church of 698,376, with 657,837 in the U.S. dioceses.

– The largest active congregational membership in a domestic diocese remains St. Martin’s, Houston this year marking 8,480.

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Jim Pratt

I wouldn't put too much weight on change over 1 year, especially where, as Everett pointed out, Christmas fell on a Sunday and may skew the ASA. I would rather see 5 or 10 year trends.

Certainly, the re-organizing dioceses should be growing as they get their feet back on the ground (but I am really concerned about the steep drop in ASA in Fort Worth). Dioceses in the South and Southwest should be growing as population increases, and I fear that they are not growing proportionally with population.

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E B

My parish here in VA is doing well, which is telling, as we are at ground zero for the whole CANA issue. Our secrets? We're friendly, inclusive, not at all uptight, have a beautiful church and and services, and we do some real good in the community.

Eric Bonetti

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C. Wingate

Ack, bad link: Fast Facts are here.

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C. Wingate

A look at the Fast Facts discloses less of a reversal, unfortunately. The "+/-10% change" values have hardly budged in five years, and median ASA has only dropped slightly. The trend in parish closings, however, continues unabated. Last year was the smallest loss in four years, but we've still lost between 0.9% and 1.6% of our parishes every year, for a four year loss of 4.5% of domestic parishes.

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C. Wingate

The individual church charts are up, and what I see in Arizona is that there are several churches, most notably Nativity Phoenix, which are powering the ASA bump-up. Looking around my neck of the woods I'm seeing a pattern of stability, with small increases or decreases. Domestic ASA hardly changed at all, up 0.008%; I have to think that we're going to lose some ground on that when the 2012 numbers come out due to the Christmas bump last year.

One thing that is definitely helping the numbers is that the parish and diocese departures are, for the moment, in abeyance.

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