Declining Membership Challenge TEC in Northern California
RENE C. BYER email@example.com The Rev. Betsey Monnot plays with son Robert, 2, right, and son William, 4, in the nursery at All Saints Church.
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Since: Jun 07
#1 Feb 22, 2010
They seem to be making do with what they have. Several members have stepped up to provide their own ministry. By being a team, the couple provides a valuable service. Good for them.
“For this reason...”
Since: Feb 10
Marriage = Man + Woman 4 Life
#2 Feb 22, 2010
"In the United States, there are 2 million Episcopalians, 1 million fewer than in 1970, according to the Pew Research Center...
Beisner attributes this drop to many factors, including less denominational loyalty, less church attendance overall and the controversy surrounding the 2003 ordination of Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire to serve as the Episcopal church's first openly gay bishop."
“... truth will out.”
Since: May 08
#3 Feb 22, 2010
from Sacramento Bee:
"Faced with declining membership and less money to pay salaries and maintain aging buildings, Beisner is calling on staff and laity to come up with new ways of keeping their church doors open.
"The bishop said he has no plans to close any of the 72 churches in the diocese.'But everything is on the table,' he said.
"Many congregations can no longer afford full-time clergy. Some are having trouble paying their bills. In a letter to clergy this month, a diocesan leader said changes must be made soon."
Although TEC won many court battles over church ownership in Cali, they are losing the economic war; it's one thing to take someone's property, another to pay for it's up-keep.
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