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Addressing congregational decline in the Church of England

The Church of England has released new data that highlight the continuing downward trend in weekly church attendance. The statistics show that around 200,000 less people attended services in 2015 compared with the same period in 2014. Church of England

The story has been picked up in the national media today and sparked debate about the future of the church.  Some commentators cite an ageing congregation, with the official attendance statistics capturing only ‘150,000 children’ out of the total 980,000 attendees.  Others however highlight the fact that some parts of the church are growing and that there is a healthy expansion in alternative forms of worship. The Guardian

To fully understand the issues of church decline and youth engagement, the Church of England has commissioned Research by Design to undertake a large scale research project with both current and lapsed members of the church.  The ‘Rooted in the Church’ project will help the CoE better understand the factors that contribute towards children and young people developing long lasting relationships with the Church and seek to address the long term trends identified in today’s press coverage.

For more information about this ongoing project, click here: Research by Design, Rooted in the Church 

If you would like some more information then please contact Dave Ruston on 0121 643 9090 or daver@researchbydesign.co.uk.  Alternatively, if you have any queries about the overall project do feel free to contact Mary Hawes, National Children and Youth Adviser, on 020 7898 1504 or mary.hawes@churchofengland.org

This entry was tagged Social research and posted on January 13, 2016

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