I posted the following elsewhere, in the Baptist section, but I thought it might make an interesting thread here: I was Episcopalian in the late 80's for a few years. There were several small churches within a 50-mile radius -- not growing but stable, all things considered. Since the significant changes in the PCUSA and TEC that have happened lately, I wanted to see if I could find out the status of these Episcopal Churches, and also those of the PCUSA and the UMC. What I have found is sad and rather shocking. A few of those small Episcopal churches have closed their doors, four or five others are sharing a supply priest, and another had its priest retire a few months ago and have not had a service since; they were averaging about 13-17 in attendance. I talked to a member the other day; this little church is in my wife's hometown. This man excitedly asked me if I knew anyone who might come and be a supply minister for them. He said they were a very conservative congregation. It just struck me at the time that here was an older, conservative congregation struggling to keep their little church alive, not agreeing with the direction of the national church, but not wanting to give up their small church. They seemed not to have any options; they obviously want to remain Episcopalians. Their little church is beautiful and has a long history. I really felt sympathy for them. And there are many more churches like this all around here. I know of one small Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) out in the country that is presently being served by a Baptist Association director, and by two retired Methodist ministers! These people don't know what to do; they just want to keep worshiping in these small churches that have been their home churches for many years. I asked one member what they did about money that has to go to the national church; he told me they give as little as possible -- I guess they have to pay their assessments (this is a Presbyterian church). Anyway, if you were in that situation, what would you do? Would you do like these members, or would you likely not continue to worship there?