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Data from 2016 Parochial Reports now available

September 21, 2017

The Rev. Canon Dr. Michael Barlowe, Executive Officer of General Convention, has announced that data from the 2016 Parochial Reports of the Episcopal Church is now available here.  At the same time, he has released analysis of the data, available in a variety of ways available here.

Canon Barlowe noted, “The 2016 data reflects a continuation of recent trends, although rates of decline in such key figures as Average Sunday Attendance have decreased.” He also observed, “Overall, congregational income through pledges and other offerings has remained constant,” even as overall number of congregants has decreased.

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. Seen as an annual rite of passage throughout the Episcopal Church, and overseen by the Executive Officer of General Convention, the Parochial Report touches every congregation of the church.  Together with other data, including that of the Recorder of Ordinations and the Registrar of General Convention, the Parochial Report provides an insight to the state of the church.

At its June 2017 meeting, Episcopal Church Executive Council approved some minor changes in the Parochial Report for 2017, which Barlowe said will be sent to congregations in December.

The newly posted documents include:

  • Baptized Members by Province and Diocese 2006-2016
  • Average Sunday Attendance by Province and Diocese 2006-2016
  • Statistical Totals for The Episcopal Church by Province 2015-2016
  • Statistical Totals for The Episcopal Church by Province and Diocese 2015-2016
  • Domestic Plate and Pledge Income 2011-2016
  • Average Pledge by Province and Diocese 2011-2016
  • Financial and ASA Totals by Diocese 2016
  • Episcopal Domestic Fast Facts 2016 and Episcopal Domestic Fast Facts Trends 2012-2016

Reports and additional information are located on the General Convention Research and Statistics page here and here

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Nancy Cox Davidge
Public Affairs Officer