When people think of the Diocese of Michigan, they often think only of Detroit, our largest city. However, the Diocese spans the counties of Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, Livingston, Ingham, Jackson, Washtenaw, Hillsdale, Lenawee, and Monroe, as well as portions of Shiawassee, Clinton, and Genesee Counties. The ethnic composition of these counties together is 71% White, 19% African American, 4% Asian, and 4% Hispanic. In Detroit, according to the 2017 Census estimate, the population was 673,104. The 2010 Census indicated the ethnic makeup of Detroit was 80% African American, 14% White, and 7% Hispanic. Conversely, in the state of Michigan, the ethnic population is 80% White, 14% African American, and 5% Hispanic. For in-depth information on our demographics, please review our ExecutiveInsite Report.
Many of our congregations are located in Detroit, but others are located in the capital city of Lansing, the cities of Ann Arbor and Pontiac, as well as the “Downriver” manufacturing communities, suburban Metro Detroit, and the beautiful farmland, rivers, lakes, and countryside that are emblematic of our state. There are 75 congregations in total. Eleven of these congregations are located in Detroit as is the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul and the diocesan administrative offices. You can read more about Detroit’s history, and more about our rural areas.
The map below has links to the deaneries and congregations of our diocese. If you click the box on the upper left of the map, a list of deaneries will drop down. Each pin links to a congregation.
Membership and Attendance
Membership and attendance in the Diocese of Michigan have largely mirrored the membership and attendance trends in The Episcopal Church, as well as its shift towards smaller congregations.
While Metro Detroit and much of Southeast Michigan is highly diverse racially and ethnically, it also remains segregated as a result of a complicated legacy of social and economic policies and practices. These factors have shaped the diocese throughout its history and offer opportunities and challenges as we move into this exciting new chapter.