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The Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) reports incredible growth in adult and adolescent baptisms 

THE ANGLICAN Church in North America (ACNA) has bucked the trend of mainline church decline in the US and has added over 150 new congregations, Archbishop Robert Duncan told delegates to the church's second provincial council .

"Two years ago we were 706 congregations. The annual parochial and diocesan reports for 2010," Archbishop Duncan said on 21 June, "identify 952 congregations as part of the dioceses of the ACNA and its ministry partners. Statistically this represents a 34 per cent growth in congregations at the end of the first 18 months of Church life."

Growth has been strong across all age groups and demographics, the leader of the breakaway province of conservative Anglicans in the US and Canada told the delegates. One statistic Archbishop Duncan found particularly encouraging was the report on baptisms for 2010.

Over the past year ACNA parishes recorded "987 baptisms of adults over the age of 30, 424 baptisms of young people aged 16 to 30, and 1,647 baptisms of children." These numbers excluded baptisms performed in the Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiA).

"What is so stunning about this data is that the number of baptisms of those 16 and older is almost equal to the number of children baptized," he said. "What this says is that we are reaching adolescents and adults who have never known Christ, never been part of a church. This is to reach North America with the transforming love of Jesus Christ, one sign among many that something quite extraordinary is unfolding," Archbishop Duncan noted.

A one-to-one ratio of adult to children's baptisms is uncommon among Anglicans in North America . Data released by the Episcopal Church for 2009 recorded 33,778 children’s baptisms and 5,113 adult baptisms.

 

[Extract from Article in Church of England Newspaper 1st July 2011]

 

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