The Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church

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New York, NY 10017
United States

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The Episcopal Church entered the colonies with the earliest settlers at Jamestown, Va., in 1607 as the Church of England. After the American Revolution, it became autonomous in 1789 as The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America. (The Episcopal Church became the official alternate name in 1967.) Samuel Seabury of Connecticut was elected the first bishop and consecrated in Aberdeen by bishops of the Scottish Episcopal Church in 1784.

In organizing as an independent body, the Episcopal Church created a bicameral legislature, the General Convention, modeled after the new U.S. Congress. It comprises a House of Bishops and a House of Deputies and meets every three years. A 38-member Executive Council, which meets three times a year, is the interim governing body. An elected presiding bishop serves as Primate and Chief Pastor.

After severe setbacks in the years immediately following the Revolution because of its association with the British Crown and the fact that a number of its clergy and members were Loyalists, the church soon established its own identity and sense of mission. It sent missionaries into the newly settled territories of the United States, establishing dioceses from coast to coast, and also undertook substantial missionary work in Africa, Latin America and the Far East. Today, the overseas dioceses are developing into independent provinces of the Anglican Communion, the worldwide fellowship of 38 churches in communion with the Church of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The beliefs and practices of The Episcopal Church, like those of other Anglican churches, are both Catholic and Reformed, with bishops in the apostolic succession and the historic creeds of Christendom regarded as essential elements of faith and order, along with the primary authority of Holy Scripture and the two chief sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
2010
1,576,721
657,831
375,186
1,951,907
6,794
2003
1,866,157
823,017
418,076
2,284,233
7,220
2001
1,877,271
0
456,353
2,333,327
7,364
1998
1,765,562
0
552,232
2,317,794
7,390
1996
1,593,413
0
771,146
2,364,559
7,390
1995
1,585,930
0
950,620
2,536,550
7,415
1993
1,570,444
0
934,238
2,504,682
7,388
1991
1,615,505
0
856,375
2,471,880
7,367
1990
1,698,240
0
747,810
2,446,050
7,354
1989
1,714,122
0
719,291
2,433,413
7,372
1988
1,725,581
0
729,841
2,455,422
7,360
1987
1,741,036
0
721,264
2,462,300
7,387
1986
1,756,120
0
748,387
2,504,507
7,054
1985
1,881,250
0
858,172
2,739,422
7,274
1984
1,896,056
0
879,368
2,775,424
7,379
1983
1,906,618
0
888,072
2,794,690
7,387
1982
1,922,905
0
871,234
2,794,139
7,095
1981
1,930,690
0
836,750
2,767,440
7,234
1980
1,933,487
0
852,517
2,786,004
7,215
1979
1,962,062
0
879,288
2,841,350
7,022
1978
1,975,234
0
840,125
2,815,359
7,009
1977
2,114,638
0
704,192
2,818,830
7,054
1976
2,021,057
0
861,007
2,882,064
7,116
1975
2,051,964
0
805,549
2,857,513
7,192
1974
2,056,254
0
851,039
2,907,293
7,087
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
2003
5,964
5,668
4,240
15,872
2001
6,062
5,548
5,102
16,712
1996
8,131
0
0
14,925
1995
8,037
0
0
15,073
1993
8,004
0
0
15,000
1991
8,040
0
0
14,878
1990
8,040
0
0
14,878
1989
8,122
0
0
14,831
1988
8,131
0
0
14,694
1987
8,031
0
0
14,355
1986
7,887
0
0
14,111
1985
7,909
0
0
13,940
1984
7,768
0
0
13,548
1983
7,695
0
0
13,342
1982
7,549
0
0
12,974
1981
7,474
0
0
12,908
1980
7,281
0
0
12,672
1979
7,357
0
0
12,600
1978
7,105
0
0
12,310
1977
7,581
0
0
12,302
1976
6,364
0
0
12,240
1975
6,416
0
0
12,186
1974
6,940
0
0
11,573
1973
7,307
0
0
11,507
1972
7,352
0
0
11,566
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
2010
5,673
0
203,774
203,774
2003
6,481
0
287,998
287,998
2001
6,217
0
299,977
299,977
1996
6,270
0
0
396,643
1995
6,313
0
0
405,478
1993
0
0
0
521,892
1991
0
0
0
531,813
1990
0
0
0
568,205
1989
0
0
0
555,887
1988
0
0
0
556,168
1987
0
0
0
558,994
1986
0
0
0
557,863
1985
0
0
0
551,092
1984
0
0
0
558,474
1983
0
0
0
551,869
1982
0
0
0
556,372
1981
0
0
0
551,939
1980
0
0
0
557,870
1979
0
0
0
561,741
1978
0
0
0
574,693
1977
0
0
0
585,469
1976
0
0
0
597,751
1975
0
0
0
617,309
1974
0
0
0
621,112
1973
0
0
0
616,840
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
2010
$263,000,000
$2,090,000,000
$254,000,000
2003
$283,000,000
$2,130,000,000
$1,850,000,000
2002
$279,000,000
$2,070,000,000
$1,810,000,000
2001
$249,000,000
$2,140,000,000
$1,890,000,000
1998
$267,000,000
$1,980,000,000
$1,710,000,000
1997
$237,000,000
$1,830,000,000
$1,590,000,000
1996
$253,000,000
$269,000,000
$15,599,502
1995
$257,000,000
$1,820,000,000
$1,570,000,000
1993
$248,000,000
$1,610,000,000
$1,370,000,000
1991
$246,000,000
$1,430,000,000
$1,190,000,000
1990
$231,000,000
$1,380,000,000
$1,150,000,000
1989
$221,000,000
$1,310,000,000
$1,090,000,000
1988
$208,000,000
$1,210,000,000
$1,000,000,000
1987
$191,000,000
$1,180,000,000
$991,000,000
1986
$179,000,000
$1,130,000,000
$956,000,000
1985
$170,000,000
$1,040,000,000
$873,000,000
1984
$153,000,000
$940,000,000
$787,000,000
1983
$169,000,000
$877,000,000
$708,000,000
1982
$119,000,000
$778,000,000
$659,000,000
1980
$79,686,652
$507,000,000
$428,000,000
1979
$74,081,469
$484,000,000
$410,000,000
1978
$64,231,110
$430,000,000
$366,000,000
1977
$66,514,468
$402,000,000
$335,000,000
1976
$63,507,456
$376,000,000
$312,000,000
1975
$60,293,018
$352,000,000
$292,000,000