New facts and figures about membership in the Episcopal Church have been posted on the Research page: www.episcopalchurch.org/research
Among the facts:
- In 2011, membership in the Episcopal Church is 2,096,389 with 1,923,046 in the domestic (50 U.S. states) dioceses and 173,343 in the non-domestic (non U.S. states) dioceses.
- Twenty-seven domestic dioceses showed growth in membership in the past year: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Dallas, Fort Worth, Maine, Maryland, Navajo Missions, Nevada, North Carolina, Northern Michigan, Northwest Texas, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Quincy, South Carolina, South Dakota, Southeast Florida, Southwestern Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Tennessee, West Missouri, Wyoming.
- In the non-domestic dioceses, growth in membership was marked in six dioceses: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador-Litoral, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Venezuela.
- The Average Sunday Attendance table shows a total for the Episcopal Church of 698,376, with 657,837 in the U.S. dioceses.
- The largest active congregational membership in a domestic diocese remains St. Martin’s, Houston this year marking 8,480.
“The on-going work of our research office continues to provide vital information for our strategic planning efforts,” noted Bishop Stacy Sauls, Episcopal Church Chief Operating Officer. “Overall, we are seeing some encouraging signs, particularly in giving and average Sunday attendance. Thirty-three dioceses witnessed growth and upswing in the past year. These figures, in noting comparisons to previous years, continue to suggest that our health as a body depends on an outward focus in mission and ministry. One thing I personally hope for the future is that we can find ways of telling the story of what is going on in our churches more comprehensively so as to get at the real picture of people being served and missional commitment.”
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