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American Figures

Bulging MusclemanQuietly and gradually the Episcopal Church in the United States was diminishing year by year like its sister church the Anglican Church in Canada. Some denominations were shrinking on a national level by ten thousand members annually, and it was rare indeed to find one that was growing. The Anglican Planet reported in January 2009, "more than 60% of the dioceses in the Episcopal Church in the USA suffered double digit percentage decline in average Sunday attendance in the decade 1997 to 2007 with predictions that the figures would only escalate in 2008." The American Episcopal Church's own figures showed that membership in the Episcopal Church dropped from 841,445 in 1997 to 727,822 in 2007. In 2008, the estimated loss was about 1,000 Episcopalians weekly. The Main Line Denominations in Canada showed the same alarming trend. See www.virtueonline.org for further information, or www.anglicanplanet.net. What can be done?✞

"Episcopal Church Evangelism"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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