Data from the 2016 Parochial Reports of the Episcopal Church is now available in both English and Spanish here. The data reflects a continuation of recent trends, although rates of decline in such key figures as Average Sunday Attendance have decreased. Congregational income through pledges and other offerings has remained constant even as overall number of congregants has decreased.
"The loss of both baptized members and average Sunday attendance in the Diocese of Fond du Lac or both more than 20% over the past decade," noted Matthew Payne, Lay Canon for Administration. "Some decline comes from congregations cleaning up their books, especially when a new priest arrives, but the trend is significant. Giving to congregations parallels national findings and does shown a slight increase over the past 5 years."
The Parochial Report is the oldest, continuous gathering of data by the Episcopal Church. By tradition and canon, the reporting requirements are developed by the House of Deputies’ Committee on the State of the Church, using a form approved by the church’s Executive Council.
The newly posted documents include:
This posting was compiled from a release of The Episcopal Church.