The Assembly of Bishops Research Coordinator, Alexei Krindatch, has prepared a range of reports on Orthodox Christianity in America. Along with the following research summaries, the full reports are available in PDF format.
Facts about Geographic Patterns of the Orthodox Church Life in the United
States (Report #1)
the US today, there are approximately 800,000 Orthodox “adherents”— persons who
participate (either regularly or occasionally) in the life of an Orthodox parish.
This report provides detailed geographic information about Orthodox Church adherents,
parishes, and monasteries in the US, including: geographic distribution of
parishes and adherents by state and county; a state-by-state look at which
jurisdictions have the largest numbers of adherents; and state-by-state and
county-by-county growth in the number of Orthodox parishes between the period
of 2000-2010. In addition this report offers discussion on possible regions for
the future founding of new Orthodox parishes. The report is accompanied by six
state and county-level maps.
Facts About Church Attendance in US Orthodox Christian Churches (Report #2)
the US today, there are approximately 800,000 Orthodox adherents, yet only 26% of
them attend church on a regular weekly basis. This report explores regularity
of church attendance by jurisdiction, state, and parish size. The report
examines the correlation between parish size and frequency of church attendance.
The report considers why some states have higher church attendance than others
and suggests which states might make good “candidates” for new Orthodox
parishes. The report is accompanied by three maps.
of English Language, Ethnic Identity and Ethnic Culture in American Orthodox
Christian Churches (Report #3)
report is based on data from a national survey of Orthodox parishes
administered in 2011. Each canonical Orthodox parish in the US was asked to
respond to four questions on English-language usage during Sunday services and
parish ethnic culture and identity. 98.6% of all US Orthodox parishes
participated in the survey. Results of this study are presented
jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction and also state-by-state. Special attention is
given to the question of measuring the strength of ethnic identity and ethnic
culture in US Orthodox churches. The report also examines the correlation
between ethnic identity/English language usage and regularity of church
attendance. The report is accompanied by four maps.
Toll: The Impact of the 2008-2009 Recession on US Orthodox Christian Churches
report examines the budgets and overall financial health of parishes in the
three largest American Orthodox jurisdictions—Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of
America (GOA), Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese (AOCA), and Orthodox
Church in America (OCA)—in the wake of the 2008-2009 recession. The report
looks at the financial health of Orthodox parishes in 2000 vs. 2010; how the
recession impacted parishes’ income, operations, and church members; and
whether the three jurisdictions were equally affected by the recession. The
report also compares the recession’s effect on Orthodox parishes versus
Protestant congregations and Roman Catholic parishes. Results are based on a
2010 survey in which 368 GOA, AOCA, and OCA parishes participated.
Interesting Facts about Orthodox Church Geography and Demography in the US
report summarizes important information about membership in Orthodox churches
in the US; regularity of church attendance; geographic distribution of Orthodox
parishes; strength of ethnic culture in American Orthodox churches; and
Orthodox monastic communities in the US. Data are presented
jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction and state-by-state. The report is accompanied by
Questions and Fast Answers about US Orthodox Churches (Report #6)
report provides short and easy answers to the following eight questions:
how widespread are Orthodox churches throughout the territory of the United
are the areas with the strongest Orthodox presence in America?
proportion are Orthodox Church members of the general US population, state-by-state
there anything remarkable about the geography of US Orthodox churches?
large are US Orthodox churches?
US Orthodox churches growing?
"ethnic" are US Orthodox churches?
percentage of Orthodox Church members attend church on a weekly basis?
The report is accompanied by five county
and state-level maps.