“To quote Dr. Kirk Hadaway: ‘The age structure of The Episcopal Church suggests an average of forty thousand deaths and twenty-one thousand births, or a natural decline of 19,000 members per year,’ a population larger than most dioceses. The advanced—and still advancing—age of our membership, combined with our low birth rate, means that we lose the equivalent of one diocese per year.”
That’s about as dire as it gets. On top of that, the net loss in active membership each year over the last several years has been about 35,000 to 40,000 persons. So, if 19,000 of this is due to “natural decline,” the rest — about half — are people just leaving.
The good news is that some pretty churches will soon be available for purchase.