The Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs has issued a report on the state of the church. Statistics and narratives on areas of vitality and areas of concern are included:
Based on data received from a comprehensive survey of churches, the Episcopal Congregations Overview featuring updated facts and figures about congregations, programs and practices in the Episcopal Church have been posted here.
This information, available for downloading at no fee, can provide important and needed data to congregational efforts for growth, stewardship, fundraising, recruitment etc. Copies are being sent to all participating congregations and dioceses.
The research was compiled by Dr Kirk Hadaway, Episcopal Church Congregational Research Officer.
Topics included in the Episcopal Congregations Overview include: Parishes and their Settings; Worship; Members; Recruitment and Evangelism; Programs Practices and ministries; Conflict; Leadership; and Congregational Identity.
From the Case Studies of Transforming Churches:
We’re Just Glad You Joined Us: St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, Windham, Maine, tells the story of a welcoming and friendly, yet once struggling, New England parish. Find out how St. Ann’s dedicated laypeople and their new rector were able to re-energize the parish. How they did it may be unique to St. Ann’s, but where they started is a situation all too common among small churches in America.
Videos are here.