I had a wild hair today and thought I'd do some quick comparisons of structure between various churches and the Episcopal Church. I crunched the numbers for the Methodists and the Roman Catholics before I ran out of steam. All numbers come either from the denomination itself or from Wikipedia. They are all for 2005.
Episcopalians had 100 dioceses, each with a bishop.
16,493 clergy which yields 165 clergy per bishop.
2,205,376 members which yields 22,053 members per bishop and 133 members per clergy.
787,271 ASA which yields 7,873 attendees per bishop and 48 attendees per clergy.
There are actually a fair number of additional bishops, but 100 gave me a nice round number to play with.
Methodists had 68 bishops
44,987 clergy which yields 660 clergy per bishop.
8,251,175 members which yields 121,340 members per bishop and 183 members per clergy.
I know the Methodist structure isn't really analogous, but it is a point of comparison. I couldn't find anything that would yield ASA for the Methodists.
Roman Catholics had 208 bishops.
42,839 priests which yields 205 clergy per bishop.
64,800,000 members which yields 311,538 members per bishop and 1,512 members per clergy.
22,680,000 ASA which yields 109,038 attendees per bishop and 529 attendees per clergy.
This confirmed my suspicion. The Episcopal Church is ludicrously over-staffed. I derived ASA by taking membership and multiplying by the percentage of Catholics who reported attending church in a given week (Gallup).
The real eye opener for me was comparing members per clergy between the Methodists and the Episcopalians. Why on earth do we need or even have 100 dioceses?