Do the Current Episcopal Church Statistics reflect the Trauma in the four Realigning Dioceses?

Posted by Kendall Harmon

No, as you can see plainly from this chart.

I post this today because earlier I read the following:

St. Francis is one of 28 parishes of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh of the Episcopal Church in the United States.

According to the Episcopal Church Annual of 2007 (which reflects parochial reports from 2005) there were 67 parishes in the diocese of Pittsburgh that year. So the quite significant drop in active baptized membership in the domestic dioceses of TEC from 1997-2007 of -9.7% does not yet reflect the realignments in Pittsburgh, Quincy, Fort Worth and San Joaquin.

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Posted August 30, 2009 at 2:18 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Statmann wrote:

New data for Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, and Quincy SHOULD be published by TEC in the TEC Charts for 2008. But TEC published bogus data for San Joaquin in the 2007 Chart, so one must wait. The claim of 28 churches for the TEC Pittsburgh diocese appears reasonable as I can find 23 of the former churches listed and there may well be some remnant groups. In any case the 700,000 ASA figure should become history in 2008.    Statmann

August 30, 7:19 pm | [comment link]
2. Chancellor wrote:

The 2009 Episcopal Redbook still carries the listings from the full Diocese of Pittsburgh as though there had been no split. For example, newly consecrated William Ilgenfritz is still listed as rector of the parish of St. Mary’s in Chareleroi.

Above the parish listings for the Diocese is this note:

Any reorganizational efforts will be featured in the 2010 edition of The Church Annual.

The same is true of the listings in the Annual for the Dioceses of Fort Worth and Quincy.  Only the Diocese of San Joaquin is shown with 19 parishes/missions (down from 47 listed in the 2008 edition) and a reduced number of clergy. So there will not be any meaningful statistics that reflect the withdrawals until the 2010 Red Book appears next summer.

August 30, 10:19 pm | [comment link]
3. Already left wrote:

Yes, this is not surprising. It took them forever to revise the statistics in the Los Angeles Diocese.

August 31, 2:00 pm | [comment link]
4. Statmann wrote:

Chancellor’s comments on Red Book are most clariflying. The 2008 San Joaquin TEC Charts will relect the actual situation there. They should show losses of about 8,000 Members, 3,400 ASA, and #5.7 million in Plate & Pledge. TEC will provide bogus data for Fort Worth, Pittsburgh, and Quincy for 2008. Will have to wait until 2009 data for an actual picture. I would still predict that TEC ASA will fall below 700,000 for 2008. And the 2 million Membership number for TEC may well be tested in 2009.    Statmann

August 31, 3:56 pm | [comment link]
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