Monday, May 5, 2014
Dark news for the C of E
Wow! 2.6 million members of the Diocese of Southwark, which is London, south of the Thames, and only 45,000 are in church on a Sunday morning?!?
The official statistics suggest that attendance at C of E churches may have levelled out after decades of decline. A report by the Archbishops' Council, Statistics for Mission 2012, released on Friday last week, suggests that, on an average Sunday in 2012 (the latest year with available data) about 859,000 people attended a C of E church. This compares with 901,000 in 2003. The 2012 average Sunday attendance of 859,000 represents 1.6 per cent of the population of England. In 2003, approximately 1.8 per cent of the population attended church on an average Sunday.
Wow! 1.6% of the population or about 859,000 in all of England are in an Anglican Church on a Sunday morning?!?
Read more here. . .
Whereas the usual logic says the clergy are more liberal than the folks in the pew, it turns out that this is exactly opposite in England with the clergy being more conservative, on the whole, than the people in the pew (or not in the pew, as it seems the case usually is).
It makes me think that the Missouri Synod is actually in great shape to take over the world -- at least in comparison with the C of E. Sad. . . Very sad, indeed!