I had a fascinating and provocative meeting with representatives of the Church Pension Fund last week. The purpose was to keep dioceses updated about current realities across The Episcopal Church (TEC). They had some very important information about trends in congregational life, ordination, clergy compensation, and medical insurance.
This diocese has a significantly higher average congregational Sunday attendance (120 vs. 88 in Province VIII and in TEC as a whole), average operating income (~ $340K vs. $242K and $264K), and percentage of congregations with compensated clergy (67% vs. 57-58%). More than a quarter of our congregations have endowment funds, and fewer operate at a deficit (28% vs. 41-43%). The data are the most recent available (from the 2015 Parochial reports) and are certainly signs of vitality, reflecting very conscious attention and work toward sustainability and thriving congregations across the diocese.