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Children, Hope, and Our Declining Churches

This review discusses suicide. P.D. James’s dystopian novel, The Children of Men, describes an unnerving world in which humanity suddenly and collectively loses the ability...

Christianity’s Future

In 2000, I made a presentation in the Diocese of Texas on the importance of the 20/20 movement for the future of the Episcopal...

After COVID: The Deepening Decline of the Church of England

COVID was bad for the Church of England. And new data show just how bad. Overall, the church lost one in five of its...

Facing Episcopal Church Decline After COVID

By David Goodhew The Episcopal Church has been in decline for some years. So what is the impact of COVID? New data for 2021 has...

Is Anglicanism Growing or Dying? New Data

By David Goodhew The membership of the Episcopal Church (TEC) has halved since 1970. During the same period, the Anglican Communion’s combined membership has doubled....

Alternative Facts on Church Growth

A Response to Scott MacDougall On November 30, House of Deputies theologian Scott MacDougall published “The Church Is Not Dying, It Is Changing: A Message...

Pandemic Skews Parochial Report Data

Average Sunday attendance (ASA) just stopped being the gold standard of church size.

Whither the Church of England?

By David Goodhew Whither the Church of England (C of E)? The numbers make bleak reading, for the most part. Take the diocese of Bath...

Diocese of Vermont Facing ‘Financial Cliff’

The Rt. Rev. Shannon MacVean-Brown, Bishop of Vermont, said in a July 21 pastoral letter that her diocese is facing serious financial shortfalls in the near future. Despite relatively healthy budgets in recent years, the diocese is considering various options to ensure future financial sustainability in the face of declining revenue from shrinking congregations.

Way Back Wednesday: Parish Transitions, Dedicatory Plaques and the Communion of Saints

By Eugene R. Schlesinger The first time I set foot inside my parish was to clean it. Over the course of the pandemic, my family and...

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