Interesting Stats for the Diocese of South Carolina

January 28, 2012

Over at his blog Kendall Harmon had interesting stats for the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia.  Being a slow Saturday, I was curious to see the same stats for the Diocese of South Carolina.

According to the U.S.Census Bureau’s figures, Charleston, the see city of the diocese, has grown in population from 96,650 in 2000 to 120,083 in 2010. This represents a population growth of approximately 24.2% in this time frame.

According to Episcopal Church statistics, the Diocese of South Carolina went from Average Sunday Attendance (or ASA) of 12,623 in 2000 to 11,994 in 2010. This represents a decline of 5% during this decade.  The ASA for the Diocese of South Carolina peaked in 2004 at 14,143 (a 15.2% decline over these past 6 years).


6 responses to Interesting Stats for the Diocese of South Carolina

  1. Granted that an evangelical diocese should be outpacing population growth(!), when do the stats reflect St. Andrew’s leaving the diocese? Is that reflected in 2010 or 2011 records?

  2. I don’t know exactly. We left in March of 2010. Based on percentage drop, I’d guess our departure is reflected in the 2010 numbers.

  3. Regardless, the stats are horrid for an “evangelical” diocese… Maybe its because we’re counting the wrong thing? ASA rather than Adult Baptisms… The later seems to be the accurate Kingdom growth metric.

  4. Not sure adult baptism translate well in this part of the country. Many adults I meet were baptized as kids but had no relationship with the Lord. Equally, I know of some churches that report nice numbers of adult baptisms, however, they (re)baptize people who’ve been only been “sprinkled” (or not baptized at their church). For liturgical churches I’d say reaffirmations and confirmations (and some receptions) are equally important.

  5. Fair enough… this is a unique place… then again, maybe adult baptism is a good indicator of apostolic growth verses normal growth? Especially if the growth trend is not natural births in the area? (Okay… I’m geeking out way too much on this…)

  6. Honestly, I’m surpised the decline is that low. With the controversy in TEC and all the law suits all over the place, retaining that many people is no simple feat, I would imagine. Maybe I’m wrong, who knows?