Episcopal Church Sees Worship Attendance Decline by Nearly 25% Since 2009

The Episcopal Church has seen its worship attendance drop by nearly a quarter since 2009, according to new statistics that show a continuation of the denomination’s yearslong decline.   

The latest Episcopal Church parochial reports were announced last week, with the deadlines for reporting numbers being extended due to complications from the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns.

According to the latest numbers, active baptized members in 2019 was approximately 1.63 million and average Sunday worship attendance was around 518,000.

This represents a drop from 2018, when the number of active baptized members was 1.67 million and average Sunday worship attendance was about 531,000.

The 2019 numbers were much lower than in 2015, when the Episcopal Church had about 1.77 million active baptized members and around 579,000 in average Sunday worship attendance.

One of the denomination’s reports, an examination of average Sunday attendance from 2009 to 2019, shows a steep decline in weekly worship attendance.

In 2009, the Episcopal Church reported about 724,000 regular worship attendees, which makes the 2019 numbers 24.5% lower than a decade earlier.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski