Episcopal Church Statistics—Afternoon Quiz

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Corporate-sized congregations with 351 or more in worship represent...._____% of Episcopal congregations.

Please note the reference is to those in worship. What % do you guess?

No looking, the answer comes later.

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14 Comments
Posted June 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. cseitz wrote:

I am blessed to work part of the year in the context of a parish of about 1200-1300 ASA, in the Diocese of Dallas.
I’d guess the answer to your question is ‘under 5%.’ Maybe 2-3%.

June 29, 6:12 pm | [comment link]
2. Stefano wrote:

Hmmmm. I’m gonna guess less than 5%.. How about 2-3%. I think that’s about 2 standard deviations above the norm.

June 29, 6:12 pm | [comment link]
3. tjmcmahon wrote:

Well done Dr. Seitz- that would make your parish larger than a number of dioceses that come to mind.
My inclination is to think that the first 2 gentlemen are correct in their 2-3% range, although perhaps KH is having us on, and it is 3.51% (although that seems high- that would work out to 225 parishes) or .351% (which seems low, and would be 22 or 23 parishes).

June 29, 6:46 pm | [comment link]
4. Teatime2 wrote:

I’m guessing 2 percent.
Waving at cseitz! I live west of DFW. smile

June 29, 6:51 pm | [comment link]
5. Jason Miller wrote:

2

June 29, 7:13 pm | [comment link]
6. Ezekiel wrote:

In my parish 50% of those on our rolls are present every Sunday. We have a high demand high expectation church. If you are not worshipping and contributing regularly, and we have made an effort to engage you to no avail, we move on to others and move those people from our books until they agree to come back more fully engaged…and sometimes removing backsliders from the mailing list is precisely what they need to catch their attention and reorder their priorities.

June 29, 7:31 pm | [comment link]
7. Sarah wrote:

I’m guessing 3%.

June 29, 7:57 pm | [comment link]
8. Ed McNeill wrote:

I would guess higher as small parishes are closing quite rapidly thus reducing the overall population.  Hmm.  I would guess 5%.

June 29, 8:04 pm | [comment link]
9. Undergroundpewster wrote:

I am looking to my left and looking to my right and I don’t see any program sized churches on the horizon so I’ll say 1%.

June 29, 8:56 pm | [comment link]
10. Undergroundpewster wrote:

In fact I don’t see any rectors at all in the 3 nearby churches.

June 29, 9:06 pm | [comment link]
11. Kendall Harmon wrote:

Correct answer is 3.3%.  Well done.

June 30, 8:21 am | [comment link]
12. Karen B. wrote:

My guess is 3%.  I used to know the numbers well and 3% is what sticks in my mind.  But the brain cells as I get close to 50 are not what they once were and I’m slowly forgetting the vast trove of TEC data that I once readily knew without looking it up….

June 30, 8:23 am | [comment link]
13. Sarah wrote:

The way I came up with the number is I looked at my diocese.  Ten years ago we had 4 “program-sized” parishes, now we have two.  That, plus knowing how many parishes we had in the diocese led to 3%.

June 30, 8:32 am | [comment link]
14. tjmcmahon wrote:

Pewster, I know what you mean.  Here is the chart for the LARGEST parish in the local TEC diocese:
http://pr.dfms.org/study/exports/4985-0670_20110630_11514119.pdf
And, Dr. Seitz’ parish probably draws more for some individual services, than the whole diocese here does in a week of services (ASA has a VERY loose definition in N Mich)
http://pr.dfms.org/study/exports/4985-0670_20110630_11514119.pdf

June 30, 11:58 am | [comment link]
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