In the fourteen years from 1990-2004, the Diocese of Newark lost 11 congregations (8.5%). Baptized members dropped 19.4%. Confirmed communicants dropped 2.8%. Average Sunday Attendance declined 13.8%. (data only for 1992-2004) Pupils in Sunday School dropped 21.4%. Baptisms of children dropped 27.3%, of adults by 16.8%. Confirmations of children dropped 36.3%, of adults by 37.5%. Receptions from other faith communities dropped 43.4%. Marriages dropped by 46.1%. Burials dropped 41% You can see the data by year, with graphs for each category, at http://www.andromeda.rutgers.edu/~lcrew/dioscore.html On January 28-29, our diocesan convention will focus on Congregational Development. Let those who have ears to hear, hear what the Spirit is saying to this church. Louie Crew, convention deputy from Grace/Newark. Clerk of the Vestry.
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