Friday, 21 March 2014

Church annual statistics for 2012

The Church of England has today released its annual statistics for 2013: Statistics for Mission 2012. There is an accompanying press release:

Church annual statistics for 2012: Almost 1,000 Occasional Services each day of the week and no significant change in attendance over past decade

The Church of England today released its annual statistics for 2012.

Overall in 2012, on average 1.05m people attended Church of England churches each week showing no significant change over the past decade. Figures for all age average weekly attendance show around 1 in 5 churches growing, and just over this number declining with 57% remaining stable.

In 2012 the Church of England conducted over 356,000 services of baptism, wedding and funerals at an average of about 6,700 each week - almost 1,000 per day - marking the rites of passage in people’s lives in communities across the country. Last year the Church of England baptised almost 140,000 people (2,700 per week), performing around 56,000 marriages in (1000 per week) and conducted 160,000 funerals (3,000 per week).

Christmas and Easter services continue to attract higher numbers with services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day attracting around 2.5m people and services at Easter attracting 1.4m people.

The 2012 statistics also suggest that around 38,000 people who had not previously attended church were welcomed in to a worshipping community in 2013, compared to just over 19,000 who died or who left due or illness. Nearly 23,000 joined a church due to moving into an area compared to 18,500 leaving because they moved away.

The 2012 figures also show that more than 100,000 young people aged 11 to 25 attended activities connected to the Church in 2012. Around 28,000 adults work voluntarily with young people aged 11-17 and around 2,000 are employed to do.

Dr Bev Botting, Head of Research and Statistics for the Archbishops’ Council said: “These statistics for 2012 show that weekly attendance over the past decade has not changed significantly. The introduction of cleaner data and more rigorous methodological approaches and analysis means these figures provide a clearer picture of Anglican churchgoing in the decade to 2012.”

Ministry Statistics 2012 have already been published. There are links to earlier statistics here.

Posted by Peter Owen on Friday, 21 March 2014 at 10:26am GMT | TrackBack
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Given the Church of England's obsession with sexual matters and general negativity about pretty well anything, these figures represent a triumph.

Posted by: Concerned Anglican on Friday, 21 March 2014 at 2:51pm GMT

Parishes are not generally aware why these statistics are being collated and for what purpose so there is little if any, rigour. So although we might just discern trends, any deeper analysis is flawed. Garbage in, garbage out. I am trying to educate parishes in my diocese about the rationale and necessity of these.

John Wallace

Posted by: John Wallace on Friday, 21 March 2014 at 11:10pm GMT

Concerned Anglicans comment is interesting. In my mind it raises the question ..why do people go to C of E Churches, and what sort of people are they? An intriguing field for research I think.

Posted by: Perry Butler on Saturday, 22 March 2014 at 7:26am GMT
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