Bishops’ office and working costs for the year ended 31 December 2003
This was published on 10 December 2004. It is online as a 172 kB pdf file here.
This replacement for the glossy Year in Review was published as a four-page pull-out in the Church of England Newspaper and the Church Times at the beginning of December. It will be published twice a year. The December issue includes
Mission takes shape
What’s my line?
Together for justice
‘Realising the vision’
Church of many colours
Mental health check
Retirement homes modernised
Missionary ordinands wanted
Website gets makeover
and is online here.
The Church of England has a new website. You’ll not be surprised to know that things have moved. Here are updated links to some of the items that I have linked recently.
Synod members have recently been sent copies of
both of which can be downloaded.
Jonathan Petre, the religion correspondent of the Daily Telegraph, clearly does not read this blog. In today’s Telegraph he repeats the erroneous figures for projected Church of England ordinations in 2005 that were published three weeks ago in the Sunday Times.
My full discussion of the error is here, but in brief the latest published figures for ordinands do not include the substantial number who started a two-year period of training in 2003.
Last weekend’s Sunday Times has an article in which it claims that
Next year [ie 2005] the official projection of the Church of England’s planned ordinations is 124 women and 123 men.
The article does not give the source for these figures, but it possible to reconstruct how the authors arrived at them, and also discover that they are a serious underestimate.
First. Where do the figures come from?
Statistics of Licensed Ministers 2002 (GS Misc 721) (issued in November 2003, and so the latest available) includes figures for “Expected numbers of ordinations, 2003-2005” broken down by college and course. For 2005 the totals are
Figure 10: Stipendiary/NSM
Colleges: 46 men, 17 women
Courses: 36 men, 55 women
Figure 11: Permanent Non-stipendiary
Colleges: 0 men, 1 woman
Courses: 41 men, 51 women
Totals: 123 men, 124 women
Those are the figures given by the Sunday Times.
Second. Why are the figures a serious underestimate?
Because there is a very important footnote to Figure 10 in small print (which the authors of the article have obviously overlooked):
Figures for 2005 represent only those currently undertaking three year courses and will, therefore, be significantly lower than the number of ordinands in 2004.
So none of those who started a two-year period of training in 2003 are included. I don’t know how many such people there are, but I do know that they form a substantial proportion of ordinands.
For comparison, the expected number of ordinations in 2004 in the 2001 statistics was 239. By 2002 this had increased by 223 to 462. So it is likely that the number of ordinations in 2004 will be similar to the 450 to 500 seen in recent years.
Note: None of the above figures include OLMs (ordained local ministers). The published statistics do not include any information on the expected numbers of ordinations in this category.
Church Statistics 2002, the latest edition of this annual publication from the Church of England, has just been published. It can be downloaded (as a 2.4 MB pdf file) from here. Colour versions of the maps and charts are also available here.
The 2001 edition (2.6 MB pdf file) is also available online here.
The official CofE news story about these statistics is here. It includes some highlights and details of how to purchase paper copies.
There is a full list of downloadable CofE statistics here.
At tonight’s Question Time at General Synod the Chair of Synod’s Legal Advisory Commission referred to an Opinion from the Commission Effect of Acts by Women Bishops of Churches in Communion with the Church of England. The opinion is online as two Word documents.
I noted that Protecting all God’s Children: The Child Protection Policy for the Church of England (3rd edition) (GS Misc 725) had been issued to Synod members a few weeks ago. This was officially published on 13 February (see Church of England news). Although the news item does not mention the fact, the policy is available online here as a 175 kB pdf file.
The Great Northern Christian Resources Exhibition in Manchester later this month includes on the opening day (Wednesday 24 September) Clergy on the Catwalk - a display of church vestments and leisurewear modelled by clergy. They have managed to recruit one deacon from the Liverpool diocese who had a part in the 1997 James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies and this has attracted more press attention than other recent stories from the diocese.
Rather surprisingly, given the reason for the press interest, only one of these stories has a picture, although there is another one on the web site of the parish where she now serves.