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[Dan] Messier knows that as a mainline denomination pastor he faces a dwindling audience.
A report last week said the number of Episcopalians in the United States dropped below 2 million for the first time in decades — down 16 percent in the past 10 years. There were 3.5 million members in the mid-1960s.
Some within the church blame the declines on disagreements over the authority of Scripture and the person of Jesus Christ, and the church’s stance on hot-button social issues.
“I think the challenge is changing with the times,” Messier said. “It appears to me that a lot of the churches that are benefitting are places that are non-structural and more open.”
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