Take a look.
Yep, membership’s all the way back to 30K where it was. And Bishop Howard is orthodox, too.
As one can see in the chart for the Diocese of Florida, Membership has declined about 22 percent since 2002 and nominal (not adjusted for the inflation of 16 percent) Plate & Pledge has declined 12 percent since 2002. The loss in Plate & Pledge is the worst in TEC. Yet, I will say one thing about this diocese: it has reported honest estimates, unlike other dioceses that I will not identify in this post.
Well, Statmann, this is what the Times-Union article referenced above said: “But the months and years since have changed things, Howard said. Membership has returned to about 30,000 and giving is back up to pre-2003 levels.” If the second part of that is from Bishop Howard, then your praise for honesty from the diocese might be a bit too generous.
RomeAnglican: Should have made it clearer that I was judging the 2007 data for Florida just published by TEC. The data appear more “honest” than for several other dioceses. But I accept your suggestion that honest data does not make an “honest” bishop.
Statmann: Ain’t that the truth!