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Main Line Denominations

MusclemanThe Episcopal Church declares, "Episcopalians are passionate about proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ in our words and actions. Through the spiritual practice of evangelism, we seek, name and celebrate Jesus' loving presence in the stories of all people - then invite everyone to MORE." Yet, quietly and gradually the Episcopal Church in the United States is diminishing year by year like its sister church the Anglican Church in Canada. Some denominations are shrinking on a national level by ten thousand members annually, and it is rare indeed to find one that is 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."

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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 showed the same alarming trend. See www.virtueonline.org for further information, or www.anglicanplanet.net. Bishop Love of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany wrote, "Recent statistics show that The Episcopal Church is spiraling downward. I can't help but believe that God has removed His blessing from this Church. Unless something changes, The Episcopal Church is going to die." What can be done?✞

"Episcopal Church Evangelism"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2019

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