Thinking Anglicans

Ages of Synod members

The Church Times has published today the dates of birth of newly elected members of General Synod. From these data I have calculated some statistics for the elected diocesan representatives of the clergy and laity.

ages
clergy
laity
mean age
50
56
standard deviation
7
11
oldest
68
78
youngest
27
21

For comparison the mean ages in 2000 were 51 (clergy) and 53 (laity).

I have put a histogram of the age distributions here.

[Note: The laity figures exclude Bath & Wells (election postponed), Winchester (figures not available) and two members of unknown age.]

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Simon B
Simon B
16 years ago

Very interesting stats, I have been voted on as a laity member from Manchester, im 23, so im 23 years younger than the average! Also a little shocked to see im not the youngest, but shocked in a good way. Any a 27yo member of Clergy, thats cool!

perry butler
perry butler
16 years ago

What saddens me is the low “turnout” esp among the laity, though the clergy arent much better.Surely with a small and defined electorate it should be 80%plus

PhiltheBear
PhiltheBear
16 years ago

As a resident of Winchester diocese – What have they got to hide?

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