Clergy Conference 2012 presentation by Bishop Philip Poole
Clergy Conference 2012 Presentation by Bishop Philip PooleConference Session 1: Stepping Out of the Boat
Sustainable & Strategic Ministry Policy Have the resources (people, buildings, spiritual health, money) To carry out their mission. + Static R e Sustainable No clear mission to s Able to articulate and context. Mission o demonstrate a vital Inward looking, - + mission and ministrymaintenance focussed u appropriate to the r context c Unsustainable e Strategic - Lack resources to carry out their mission
8% of congregations 39% experienced a have experienced decline of less than 25% catastrophic decline in 17% experienced attendance in excess of numeric growth. 50%, Total average Sunday 36% of congregations attendance declined experienced alarming 5,355 people from levels of decline in 28, 605 to 23,250. excess of 25%.
Decline has been However the smaller masked by parishes congregations with reduced shifting size typologies staff are still trying to and down-sizing staff, maintain buildings that are we have seen the much too large for their disappearance of 30 needs. full-time and 20 part- time incumbencies in This will inevitably lead to the last 10 years. crises like we have seen at St. Stephen in the Fields, St. Clement Riverdale, St. Wilfrid and others where the congregation finally folds leaving the physical plant completely degraded and unusable.
More than half of Canadians in the 15-to-29 age cohort either have no religion or never attend a service of worship, says Statistics Canada. Only 22 per cent say religion is very important to them, down from 34 per cent in 2002. What growth there has been in religious participation has been due to immigration. Unfortunately for us, the current source countries for immigration are not predominantly Christian let alone Anglican.
Full time planter to Mandarin Population New Church Plant underway in Ajax Internal church plant to “Urban Trend-setters” downtown Intentional missional renewal/reboots at two historic downtown parishes Reclustering/hub parishes in Trent-Durham Fresh Expressions/Reach Grants spawning Missional Transformation Process (14 parishes, to 25 by 2013)
Layering of age-cohort data over congregational statistics has pointed out some further areas of concern: o Identified 11 congregations that are terminal, continuous significant decline beyond likelihood of turnaround, unable to sustain ministry and plant o 15 congregations in peril – significant continuing decline in ASA makes sustainability unlikely, concerning age profile with significant number of congregation over 65
Where is the greatest decline? York Mills Scarborough -420 -660 Eglinton -582 Etobicoke -412
"Toto, Ive a feeling were not in Kansasanymore."