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Facts & figures of the TEC 2015 annual Parochial Report are now available

Facts & figures of the TEC 2015 annual Parochial Report are now available

“2015 Parochial Report statistics are now available in English and Spanish,” noted Dr. Kirk Hadaway, Episcopal Church Congregational Research Officer. “The summary Statistical Totals tables report on 2015 Average Sunday Attendance and Active Baptized Membership. In addition, there are multi-year breakdowns by Province and Diocese on Average Pledge, and Domestic Plate & Pledge Income.”

Hadaway explained that in 2015, active baptized membership declined by nearly 39,000 persons to 1,917,182, or -2.0%. Average Sunday (worship) attendance in Episcopal congregations declined by just over 20,000 persons to 614,241 in 2015, or -3.2%. Operating income among domestic congregations increased in 2015 by 1.2%–exceeding the 0.7% inflation rate the same year.

The new documents include:

  • Statistical Totals for The Episcopal Church by Province 2014-2015
  • Statistical Totals for The Episcopal Church by Province and Diocese 2014-2015
  • Episcopal Domestic Fast Facts Trends: 2011-2015
  • Baptized Members by Province and Diocese: 2005-2015
  • Average Sunday Attendance by Province and Diocese: 2005-2015
  • Domestic Plate and Pledge Income: 2010-2015
  • Average Pledge by Province and Diocese: 2010-2015
  • Financial and ASA Totals by Diocese 2015

Reports and additional information are located on the Episcopal Church Research page here and here.

Charts graphing the last 11 years of membership, worship attendance, and plate and pledge giving have been updated with 2015 reports for each Episcopal congregation and diocese. In addition, demographic profiles of the area surrounding each church have been updated with population data for 2016. These resources are available here.

2016 Parochial Report

Hadaway noted that congregations will receive mailed material related to the 2016 Parochial Report in the first full week of December. “However,” he said, “this year the packets will not include a hard copy of the report.”

Congregations will receive a reminder of their login information in the form of their UEID (Unique Episcopal Identifier) and PIN (Personal Identification Number), and a cover letter from the Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer of the General Convention, instructing them to file the 2016 Parochial Report online. Blank copies of the 2016 report form, as well as instructions and workbooks will be made available on the website in November.

This information is from the TEC website. The photo is from the St Barnabas Episcopal Church website.

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Kenneth Jones

While rust on a metal sign is a normal thing, the appearance of it on many of the Episcopal Church's signage can also indirectly serve to indicate indicate a decay and rot from within. "The Episcopal Church Welcomes You" is, for many people, much too formal and is "inclusive" only if one is of a certain class, meaning exclusively upper crust and wealthy, while everyone else is welcome to darken the doors, but "please do not touch the brass candlesticks or sit in the wrong pew," meaning that if one isn't from "old money," one is "one of them; an outsider." Haughtiness in old, established and well-to-do parishes is normal far too often, and it's killed many parishes in the big cities.

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Tim Kruse

Crusty Old Dean has an excellent and challenging analysis - http://crustyoldean.blogspot.com/2016/09/its-end-of-church-as-we-know-it.html

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Prof. Christopher Seitz

Thank you for publishing this. We can also give thanks to TEC for assembling sobering but accurate records.

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