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The Affirming Church Survey      






Genesis 26:22
"And he moved on from there and dug another well; and no one quarreled over it: and he called it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land"



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Learn more about the folks who maintain the Affirming Church directory.


        2011 Affirming Church Survey

        Author: Elaine

        6,826 churches by the end of 2011, an increase of 367 churches from the

        previous year. This in spite greatly reduced man hours available to do the

        massive email sweeps through entire denominations required now days to

        find the affirming churches. The good news is that the movement has clearly

        'main line' in several denominations (e.g. Episcopal). The 'bad' news is that to

        find the affirming churches now in these groups massive email sweeps are

        required. This is very time consuming, exactly the time commitment we were

        in short supply of this year. In spite of our resource limitations, the directory

        grew at a rate of over one church a day and was on pace at the early part

        of  the year to completely smash the one year new church add record before

        resource limitations stepped in to slow down the 'grand search' for affirming

        churches throughout the world.


        2010 Affirming Church Survey

        Author: Elaine

        6,459 churches by the end of 2010, an increase of 543 churches from the

        previous year and that after a massive clean up that saw well over a hundred

        out-dated entries removed from our records. The year was marked by the

        continued emergence of the Episcopal churches who set a new one year

        record for church adds by one denomination. We believe, that the Episcopal

        surge is not an isolated event, but indicative of a wide spread movement that

        is rapidly opening up church doors throughout the world.


        2009 Affirming Church Survey

        Author: Elaine

        5,916 churches by the end of 2009, an increase of 615 churches from the

        previous year and a new one year record. Our ability to track and log new

        churches is now constrained only by our own resource limitations. Of the

        churches we were able to document, growth throughout the world and

        touched over sixty denominations. 2009 seemed like a carbon copy of 2008

        in almost all regards including that five denominations again accounted for

        almost two thirds of the affirming churches listed.


         2008 Affirming Church Survey

         Author: Elaine

         5,301 churches by the end of 2008, an increase of 495 churches

         from the previous year. The main line denominations again the led

         the way however the movement has rapidly become a world wide



         2007 Affirming Church Survey

         Author: Elaine

         4,806 churches by the end of 2007, an increase of 576 churches

         over the past year alone. Growth took place across almost all of the

         denominations with many of the early forerunners again stepping to

         the fore.


         2006 Affirming Church Survey

         Author: Elaine

         4,230 churches by the end of 2006, an increase of 484 churches.

         Phenomenal growth (again!) across all denominations, clearly the

         Holy Spirit is at work and "Rainbow Revival" is breaking out. For all

         the details -where the growth took place, which denominations are

         numerically at the forefront of this movement? The report has it all.


         2005 Affirming Church Survey

         Author: Elaine

         3,746 churches by the end of 2005, an increase of 238 churches.

         A year marked by growth across almost all the denominations with

         new denominations being added all the time. How many new

         churches were added this year? How are these churches spread

         across the various denominations? It's all here.


         Some Historical Perspective on Equality Movements

         Author: Bruce Hahne, More Light Presbyterians

         Does it seem like the struggle to end anti-gay bias within the church

         is taking an inordinate amount of time? If we look at civil rights

         movements that predate ours, we gain some valuable insight and

         realize that the struggle is rarely over in a year or two. It may take



       Thirty in Three - 2004 Affirming Church Survey

       Author: Elaine

       3,508 churches by the end of 2004, an increase of 483 churches.    

       In three years time, God has opened up almost as many church

       doors to the gay and lesbian community as had been opened in the

       previous thirty years combined. This has occurred during some of

       the worst anti-gay sentiment we have seen since the inception of the

       gay Christian movement some thirty odd years ago.


       2003 Affirming Church Survey

       Author: Elaine

       The directory stood at 3,025 churches by the end of 2003.



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