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US Denomination Numbers In Decline

by | Tue, Dec 6 2022

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The US Episcopal Church continues to suffer declines in membership and worship attendance.

Last year’s numbers were well below pre-pandemic levels.

The church which is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion lost 60,000 baptised members in 2021.

It was down more than 400,000 on a decade earlier.

Church attendance plunged by almost 50% since 2019.

The Episcopal News Service insisted there was still room for optimism.

It claimed the decline was in line with other mainline Protestant denominations.

It also noted an increase in average tithing.

Only the Diocese of Navajo Missions reported an increase in membership

A few dioceses lost up to the 75% of their membership.

When the Church ordained Gene Robinson as the first openly gay bishop in the denomination’s history in 2003, scores of congregations left in protest.

In 2020 Episcopal priest and professor Reverend Dwight Zscheile warned that, at the current rate of decline, the denomination will effectively cease to exist by 2050.

He described the overall picture to ChurchLeaders as “dire”.