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One Little, Two Little, How Many Little Anglicans?

Kendall Harmon has posted a very helpful article about the size of the new Anglican Church in North America (of which my mission is a part). This includes comparative figures of other Anglican bodies world-wide. I post it here for your number-crunching pleasure.

How many Anglicans are there in the Anglican Church in North America?

On every Sunday morning, some 81,311 people worship at the 693 congregations of the Anglican Church in North America. These people and parishes are already outside of The Episcopal Church and The Anglican Church in Canada. The large majority are temporarily under the oversight of six separate Anglican provinces.

The Anglican Church in North America will unify the parishes and membership of a number of jurisdictions:

• The Anglican Mission in the Americas (Rwanda) reports an average Sunday attendance of 21,600 in 180 congregations (40 of which are churches in formation called “networks”).

• The Convocation of Anglicans in North America (Nigeria) has 69 congregations with a average Sunday attendance of 9,828.

• The Reformed Episcopal Church has 150 parishes and an average Sunday attendance of 13,000.

• There are 51 parishes under the temporary oversight of Uganda with an average Sunday attendance of 7,000.

• There are 55 parishes in The United States under the temporary oversight of the provinces of Kenya and the Southern Cone with an average Sunday attendance of 10,000.

• Four entire dioceses separating from The Episcopal Church, with a combined 163 parishes and an average Sunday attendance of 16,483 (The Episcopal Church congregations and members having been excluded from this count) are temporarily dioceses of the province of the Southern Cone.

• The Anglican Network in Canada (Southern Cone) is composed of 24 congregations with an average Sunday attendance of 3,400.

• One congregation is under the temporary oversight of West Africa.

Based on a firm Sunday attendance average of 81,311 people, it is reasonable to very conservatively project that more than 100,000 Anglicans in North America are active members of a congregation of the proposed province (In many cases, total membership often runs at two to three times average Sunday attendance. For instance, The Episcopal Church reports an average Sunday attendance of 768,476 in 2007 and an active baptized membership of 2,116,749.)

While each individual group is small, as a united body, the Anglican Church in North America stretches from one end of North America to the other and has as many or more (in some cases, significantly more) members than 12 of the Anglican Communion’s 38 provinces (Bangladesh, Brazil, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, Indian Ocean, Japan, Jerusalem & Middle East, Korea, Mexico, Myanmar, Scotland, Southern Cone, Wales)

Relative membership of the Provinces of the Anglican Communion compared to the proposed Anglican Church in North America

The Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East – 10,000 (2005)
The Church of Bangladesh – 12,500 (2005)
Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America - 13,409 (2005)
The Anglican Church of Korea – 14,558 (2005)
La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico – 21,000 (2005)
Iglesia Anglicana del Cono Sur de America – 22,490 (2005)
Hong Kong Shen Kung Hui – 29,000 (2005)
Igreja Episcopal Anglican do Brasil – 40,000 (2005)
The Church of the Province of Myanmar – 49,257 (2005)
The Scottish Episcopal Church - 53,553 (2005)
The Nippon Sei Ko Kai – 57,273 (2005)
The Church in Wales – 70,353 (province website)
The Anglican Church in North America – 100,000 (Average Weekly Attendance 81,311)
The Episcopal Church in the Philippines – 118, 187
The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean – 120,000
The Church of the Province of Melanesia – 163,884 (2005)
The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea – 166,046
Church of the Province of Southeast Asia – 168,079 (2005)
The Church in the Province of Central Africa – 600,000 (AC website)
Province de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo – 300,000 (2005)
The Church of Ireland – 410,000 (2005)
The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia – 584,793 (AC website)
The Anglican Church of Burundi – 625,000 (AC website)
The Anglican Church of Canada – 641,845 (AC website)
The Church in the Province of the West Indies – 770,000 (2005)
The Church of Pakistan (United) - 800,000 (2005)
L’Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda – 1,000,000 (2005)
The Church of North India (United) – 1,250,000 (2005)
The Anglican Church of Tanzania – 1,379,366 (AC website)
The Church of South India (United) – 2,000,000 (2005)
The Anglican Church of Southern Africa – 2,000,000 (2005)
The Episcopal Church of the Sudan – 2,000,000 (2005)
The Episcopal Church - 2,116,749 (province website)
The Anglican Church of Australia – 3,903,324 (AC website)
The Church of the Province of West Africa – 1,000,000 (2005)
The Anglican Church of Kenya – 2,500,000 (2005)
The Church of the Province of Uganda – 8,000,000 (2005)
Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) – 17,500,000 (2005)
The Church of England – 26,000,000 (2005) (AWA 1,163,000)




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