Transforming Churches

"Transforming Churches" is a series of case studies, prepared by the Episcopal Church's Office of Research, that offers in-depth analyses of Episcopal parishes in many different contexts and geographical locations that were able to either reverse decline or continue substantial growth and find ways to thrive in the 21st century.

Transforming Churches

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By: Kirk Hadaway

St. Ann’s Episcopal Church is not the typical historic New England Episcopal parish; it is relatively young, having been founded in 1973 amid the rolling hills, forests and small communities around Portland, Maine. Situated above a busy two‐lane road, the church sits alone, looking somewhat...

By: Kirk Hadaway

St. John's Episcopal Church is a historic parish, located in downtown Roanoke, Virginia, a few city blocks from the true central business district. It is quite visible, but not really an imposing presence overlooking a busy intersection. The building is stone with a slate roof, and appears to...

May 20, 2013

In a little over six years, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in McKinney, Texas, grew from a small home Bible study to a lively worshipping community meeting in the YMCA’s gym to a substantial congregation in its own sanctuary-cum-parish hall — complete with educational and office space, a large...

April 30, 2013

A century ago, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair, New Jersey, was a thriving, affluent church in an exurban town where residents commuted each day into New York City and came back to large, neat homes in a comfortable tree-lined setting.  And while Montclair still has some suburban...

January 10, 2013

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The congregation of Trinity Episcopal Church in Clanton, Alabama, had a strong desire to reach out and make a different in their small Southern community.  From that desire, the Beans and Rice Ministry was born and has developed into a lifeline for...

January 1, 2006

Still can’t operate that MP3 player your son-in-law gave you for Christmas? Ever wonder what your 17-year-old really does on her computer during homework time? Perhaps they feel equally left out by the doctrines and customs known as “church” that you adhere to.

The Church of the...

March 1, 2004

WHEN A COUPLE in their mid-30s approached the Rev. Karen Ward after a service at Church of the Apostles and said they were seekers, Ward immediately wrote them a list of three other area churches to investigate.

"They were shocked," she said. A week later, a $600 donation from the couple...