US Episcopal Church lost nearly 60,000 members in 2021

Dec 5, 2022 by

by Michael Gryboski, Christian Today:

The US Episcopal Church continued to suffer declines in membership and worship attendance in 2021, well below pre-Covid-19 pandemic levels, according to recently released statistics.

The Episcopal Church released the official statistics last week, which included summaries of data on average weekly worship attendance, baptized membership and financial figures.

According to the numbers, the denomination had approximately 1.678 million baptized members, which is nearly 60,000 fewer than the 1.736 million reported for 2020.

The Episcopal Church’s 2021 membership is also nearly 400,000 fewer than it was in 2012, when the mainline Protestant denomination had over 2 million baptized members.

Average Sunday attendance was also in decline, with 2021 reporting approximately 312,000 worship attendees on average, contrasted with around 483,000 in 2020.

The 2021 attendance numbers also sharply contrast with 2019, the last year before the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns played a role in the numbers, which reported over 547,000 in average Sunday attendance.

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