In 1981 there 235 Melbourne parishes. Today there are 216, a loss of 19. In the same time period average Sunday attendance has fallen from 50,000 to 29,000.
40% of those attending are over 60 years old, only 11% are under 30. Currently only 6% of active clergy are under 35, while 59% are over 50.
That's not decline, it's disaster.
Peter Corney has come up with a vision and a plan to renew the Melbourne diocese. It's realistic, and by faith, achievable.
If you're a Melbourne Anglican you must read it. If you're not, it's still a great example of an effective strategy for the renewal of any denomination.
All you need to do is add leadership. . .
Thanks to Alan Hirsch for passing on the report. Still waiting for your blog to launch!