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April 17, 2013


All Is Well™: Meanwhile, at yet another parish in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina ...

Readers may recall this thread that featured reports on several parishes [just to be clear, these are *not* missions, but parishes].

Via email, there is this report about another parish—I have slightly rounded the numbers but the essence is accurate:

2009 Pledge payments $430,000 (which was about 60K less than 2008)
2012 Pledge payments $350,000

 

 


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That dang Bush economy impeding mission.

[1] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 4-17-2013 at 11:00 AM · [top]

While Bush may be to blame, it is all for the best. I am sure that it is a purer, cleaner $350,000 uncontaminated by pledges from those homophobic, misogynistic, bigoted, fundamentalist, non-followers of the revisionist way. With them out of the way, TEc can get on with its mission!

[2] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 4-17-2013 at 12:05 PM · [top]

Or maybe it was that dang Sequester?

[3] Posted by hanks on 4-17-2013 at 12:31 PM · [top]

Interesting.

If we follow the logic

- according to ECUSA research the average pledge in 2008 for DUSC was $2729.  $490,000 would equate to approximately 180 giving units.
DUSC average pledge in 2011 was $2,879.  If this parish follows those trends, that represents a loss of about 32% of its membership or about 58 members by 2012.

- according to ECUSA research, 24% of the membership in parishes are betwen the ages of 50 -64 and 27% of the membership is 65 or over .

ECUSA’s research states 89% of episcopal congregations reported having conflicts or disagreements in the last 5 years (up from 865 in 2000.  At least one area of serious conflict was reported by 65% of churches.

The research also shows that declining congregations tend to have more overall conflict.  The report also states The ordination of gay priests or bishops was the most frequently mentioned source of conflict. 


I’m sure the Statman could nail this down for us but it looks like this parish will cease to be viable in less than a generation.  Of course if that busload of new memberships the liberals predicted ever start to flood in - all bets are off.

[4] Posted by Jackie on 4-17-2013 at 12:56 PM · [top]

Hit’em with you best shot, take their money away.

[5] Posted by Carpe DCN on 4-17-2013 at 06:35 PM · [top]

If the TEC virus spreads moree widely in the SE region of USA, TEC is headed for a financial crisis in the neartr futire. It is the only region in which TEC shows any vitality.  Statmann

[6] Posted by Statmann on 4-19-2013 at 12:23 PM · [top]

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