[ENS, New York, July 20, 2004] - The overall health of a parish or mission in terms of attendance figures and giving trends for a 10-year period can be viewed on-line thanks to a new service provided by the Episcopal Church's Congregational Development Program.
Designed to reflect trends experienced by the denomination's 7,300 congregations, "Studying Your Congregation" is a guide developed by Kirk Hadaway, the Episcopal Church's director of research. Posted on the Episcopal Church's website (http://www.episcopalchurch.org/), the guide can be accessed from the home page by clicking on "Leadership Resources" and then on "Congregational Development and Support Resources."
Plans call for enhancement of the guide to include demographic information correlating to congregations and listed by zip code, Hadaway said, noting that this addition is expected in about six months.
The Rev. Charles Fulton, director of the Episcopal Church's congregational development program, said the on-line guide is the newest facet in the "20/20" churchwide conversation about congregational development with the view of doubling the Episcopal Church's present membership by the year 2020.