All parishes in the Diocese of Missouri are required to file an annual parochial report.
Parochial Report Filing for 2020
Dec. 14, 2020
from: The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe
Secretary of the General Convention and Executive Officer
The Episcopal Church
There you will also find a video tutorial and detailed instructions.
One of the adaptations churches have made in this time is to offer some (or even all) of their worship in an online platform. The 2020 report just asks about services offered online. In order to provide more detailed data in 2021, below please find some guidance for how to count that attendance.
Count online participants separate from in person worship. If you have in person worship that is also streamed, enter two counts for that service, those in the building and then those online. It is recommended that you count views within 24 hours of the broadcast. Given that online worship is often an entry point or initial connection for stewardship as well, it is also recommended that you track online donations (“giving units”) separately from standard pledging units. Going forward this information will provide helpful financial trend data for congregations, dioceses, and the whole Church.
Count participant devices that are logged in:
- Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo, and YouTube
Count views (longer than one minute) by device:
Data from 2019 Parochial Reports Now Available
The Rev. Canon Michael Barlowe, executive officer of the General Convention, has announced that the data from the 2019 Parochial Reports has been compiled and is available through a number of reports, in English and Spanish.
The deadline for 2019 Parochial Report filing was extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our data is only as good as the information we receive,” explained Ms. Iris DiLeonardo, research and language specialist, “and so we have great appreciation for all the hard work of everyone who completed the reports during all the current challenges.”
"Our 2019 data tells an important part of the story of who we are as Episcopalians, and going forward Parochial Report data will also help us tell the story of the remarkable ways the Church has adapted to the difficult circumstances in which we find ourselves,” commented The Rev. Dr. Molly James, deputy executive officer, “At its October meeting, Executive Council will consider an amended form for 2020 based on recommendations from the House of Deputies State of the Church Committee.”
The Parochial Report is the oldest, continuous gathering of data by The Episcopal Church. Overseen by the Executive Officer of General Convention, the Parochial Report touches every congregation of the church. Together with other data, including that of the Recorder of Ordinations and the Registrar of General Convention, the Parochial Report provides an insight to the state of the church.
The newly posted documents include:
- Fast Facts and Trends
- Baptized Members by Province and Diocese 2009-2019
- Average Sunday Attendance by Province and Diocese 2009-2019
- Statistical Totals for The Episcopal Church by Province 2018-2019
- Statistical Totals for The Episcopal Church by Diocese 2018-2019
- USA Plate and Pledge Income Trends 2014-2019
- Average Pledge by Province and Diocese 2014-2019
- Financial and ASA Totals by Diocese 2019