Habemus Altare
It is easy enough to say that numbers are not of themselves a sign of spiritual health. But [the Episcopal Church] is a spiritual institution, and the numbers are surely a key measure of institutional health. They do not show that the institution is in some sort of healthy, controlled contraction: they show a church which is being forced to retrench at the mercy of demographics and as a reaction to its dogmatic changes. In context, the dismissal of the numbers’ relevance isn’t confidence; it’s denial. Parishes (and now cathedrals, for two were closed and one was sold off in the past year) are forced to close, and few on the progressive side are willing to face up to the obvious truth that the institution cannot keep going like this.
C. Wingate in “The Numbers Matter