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American Church Figures

Bulging MusclemanQuietly and gradually the Anglican Church in Canada and its equivalent the Episcopal Church in the United States is diminishing year by year. Some denominations are shrinking on a national level by ten thousand members annually, and it is rare indeed to find one that is growing. Between 1970 and 1980, the population of the United States increased by 10.2% but the membership of four of the largest churches continued the decline begun in the previous decade. 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 will only escalate in 2008." The American Episcopal Church's own figures show 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 show the same trend. See www.virtueonline.org for further information, or www.anglicanplanet.net. What can be done?✞

"Episcopal Church Evangelism"
by Ron Meacock © 1982 - 2017

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