Season after Pentecost, 2023
Here's a comment that I left on the webpage of the first result for the search "is the Episcopal church dying"
I am an Episcopalian. I joined the Episcopal Church in 2004, right after this big decline supposedly took place. I can’t find where Mark Tooley in his article “Killing a Church” (http://spectator.org/archives/2010/08/03/killing-a-church) makes the claim that the membership in the Episcopal Church has declined 60% since 2003. The reality is that membership has declined 43% since 1966, when it was at a peak of 3.5 million. I am also skeptical of arguments that doctrinal shifts in the Episcopal Church where somehow responsible for this downward trend. This same trend began simultaneously in all protestant denominations, and continues to this day. Personally, I have had the privilege to witness Episcopal churches throughout the country that are thriving, not dying. Even if they pine for the glory days when the churches were full (aka 1966), these are places of worship that put their faith in action. Jesus called us to make disciples, not full churches, so I don’t believe that numbers tell the full story.
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