Transforming Churches

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"Transforming Churches" is a series of case studies, prepared by the Episcopal Church's Office of Research, that offers in-depth analyses of Episcopal parishes in many different contexts and geographical locations that were able to either reverse decline or continue substantial growth and find ways to thrive in the 21st century.

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July 16, 2014
St. Ann’s Episcopal Church is not the typical historic New England Episcopal parish; it is relatively young, having been founded in 1973 amid the rolling hills, forests and small communities around Portland, Maine. Situated above a busy two‐lane road, the church sits alone, looking somewhat like a large, converted bi‐level farm house, albeit with the suggestion of a ship’s prow on one...
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July 11, 2013
St. John's Episcopal Church is a historic parish, located in downtown Roanoke, Virginia, a few city blocks from the true central business district. It is quite visible, but not really an imposing presence overlooking a busy intersection. The building is stone with a slate roof, and appears to be a large, Early English-style parish or minster, more old country than new, with a large...
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May 20, 2013
In a little over six years, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in McKinney, Texas, grew from a small home Bible study to a lively worshipping community meeting in the YMCA’s gym to a substantial congregation in its own sanctuary-cum-parish hall — complete with educational and office space, a large kitchen, parking, and ample acreage for future growth. A few months after moving into...
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April 30, 2013
A century ago, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Montclair, New Jersey, was a thriving, affluent church in an exurban town where residents commuted each day into New York City and came back to large, neat homes in a comfortable tree-lined setting.  And while Montclair still has some suburban characteristics in that residents still commute to the City, St. Luke’s and Montclair are...
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January 10, 2013
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] The congregation of Trinity Episcopal Church in Clanton, Alabama, had a strong desire to reach out and make a different in their small Southern community.  From that desire, the Beans and Rice Ministry was born and has developed into a lifeline for many. Trinity, located in the Diocese of Alabama, is the focus of a new video in the groundbreaking...
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January 1, 2006
Still can’t operate that MP3 player your son-in-law gave you for Christmas? Ever wonder what your 17-year-old really does on her computer during homework time? Perhaps they feel equally left out by the doctrines and customs known as “church” that you adhere to. The Church of the Apostles in Seattle is doing something about it. Thanks to a $90,000 grant from Trinity Church-St....