It is locked in what can only be described as a death-spiral as attendances plummet. If we are to reverse this we need to stop the totally un-Scriptural practice of looking for explanations for this that are not centred on the only thing that matters and the only thing which decides a Churches ‘success’ or ‘failure’ namely its relationship with God and the Gospel.
The Church of England is failing not because it doesn’t run enough ‘messy churches’ or whatever other gimmick you care to name – it is failing because it doesn’t preach and practice the Gospel and therefore it has a poor relationship with God. Wall-to-wall heresy, starting at the top, is the cause of this – for the wages of sin are truly death.
Like every other denomination, the C o E is principally concerned with how it can make God and Scripture fit into the social stream of this world. This is an inversion of everything Scripture teaches us and a spectacular failure to fulfill the great commission. Churches are meant to be outposts for the Kingdom of Heaven in this world, not poor and tawdry reflections of the world around them and in failing to be so the Church directly insults God:
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot” Matthew 5:13
So it is with the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion and so on and so on. However, that is not the end of the story – God’s people are within this Church as they are others and they should not be abandoned to false teaching and heresy. We should find and fight for these misled souls and call them back home to the true Church, the undivided Body of Christ.