The Anglican Church of Canada has experienced a huge decline over the past 40 years, according to a new independent survey.
Over the period of 1961 to 2001 the Canadian region of the worldwide Anglican Church has lost 53 percent of its members, with numbers declining from 1.36 million to just 642,000.
An even more worrying sign for the worldwide Church is that the survey suggests that the decline is accelerating. In the period between 1981 and 1991, church membership decreased by 13 percent. However, between 1991 and 2001 the numbers reduced by a greater proportion portion of 20 percent.
Retired marketing expert Keith McKerracher carried out the report, according to the Church of England newspaper, which has been passed on to the House of Bishops.
After the report was released, McKerracher explained,