The Executive Council of the Episcopal Church has just concluded a regular meeting in Utah and has issued a report. The report is chatty and upbeat, even though it alludes to budget cuts; the latter are occasions to be “nimble” in ministry.
Besides its insouciant verbosity, what is most remarkable about the report is the lack of reference to membership decline. Nor is there any occurrence of the word, “evangelism” nor any attempt to initiate church growth. Just warm feelings and self-congratulations. God help us. –J. Douglas Ousley