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'Green shoots': Community outreach fuels thriving congregations.

Newly released statistics showing that the church's membership has continued to fall since 2001 have drawn new attention to the outliers of this trend parishes and congregations across the country that are thriving. At this fall's meeting of the House of Bishops, after the bishops had received a report on the statistics, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, asked them to ponder "the green shoots' that we need to nurture." The call was taken up at the November meeting of the Council of General Synod (CoGS), which saw CoGS members gather in groups to discuss the healthy congregations in their areas, and identify the factors they had in common.

The Anglican Journal spoke to five thriving churches, some of which were even facing closure before managing to turn things around. While each had unique elements that have helped fuel their growth, a shared feature in all five parishes or congregations was ministry focused on outreach to the local community.

Matt Gardner


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Author:Gardner, Matt
Publication:Anglican Journal
Date:Jan 1, 2020
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