Growth to Be Thankful For

In her November 13 address to Diocesan Convention, Suffragan Bishop Catherine Roskam noted that a quarter of the parishes in the Diocese of New York are growing–some, quite rapidly. The Diocese itself has remained stable in recent years, which therefore means that some churches are declining.

Nevertheless, a stable diocese in an Episcopal Church in decline is something to be thankful for. (The Church of the Incarnation has remained stable in attendance and contributions over the past 10+ years, while the number of persons on the official rolls has increased.) We can also be glad that one person among the countless speakers mentioned church growth. —J. Douglas Ousley

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