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Church of England publishes latest statistics

The Church of England has announced the publication of its latest finance and ministry statistics with the following press release.

Church of England publishes latest statistics on web
29 September 2011

– parish giving holds up; younger vocations increase

The Church of England has today published its latest information about parish income and expenditure and trends in ministry numbers in Church Statistics 2009/10. The attendance statistics included were published in February 2011.

This year’s financial statistics show that the 2008 credit crunch began to affect church income in 2009, though not in terms of parish giving nor as hard as many charities.

Parish income

Despite the difficult economic times, parishioners’ tax-efficient planned giving continued to increase in 2009, topping an average of £10 a week (£10.06p) for the first time. The total income of parishes dropped to £889 million, mainly due to a fall in restricted income from £204 million to £176 million and a fall in one-off donations. Restricted income is monies given for specific purposes designated by the donor. Unrestricted voluntary income, mainly the regular and plate giving in churches plus the tax recovered through Gift Aid, rose from almost £505 million to more than £511 million. At the same time, total parish expenditure rose to £886 million, with nearly £49 million of this being donations made by parishes to external charities.

Dr John Preston, the Church’s National Stewardship and Resources Officer, said:

“Whilst figures for giving to the wider charity section showed a dip following the credit crunch, giving to parishes in 2009 saw a further increase, albeit a small one; a sign of the high level of commitment that so many have to supporting the mission and ministry of their local parish church. Gift Aid reclaimed on donations also reached a new high.”

Ordination candidates

Another 515 candidates were accepted to train as future clergy in 2010, with those aged 20-29 showing a 45 per cent increase from 74 to 108. In total, 563 new clergy were ordained in 2010. Of those, 284 were entering full-time paid ministry.

Revd Preb Lynda Barley, Head of Research & Statistics for the Archbishops’ Council, comments: “It is encouraging that the Church is responding confidently to the challenge that the changing age profile of our nation brings, with one in five future clergy entering training being under 30 years of age.”

While the numbers of people being training for ordination remained buoyant across 2009, the number of retirements also remained high. Taking retirements and other losses into account, there was a net loss of 129 full-time paid clergy. The total number of licensed clergy (including part-time and self supporting ministers whose numbers increased) was down by 72.

At the end of 2010, there were some 29,000 licensed and authorised ministers, ordained and lay, active across the 13,000 parishes and a growing variety of chaplaincies (in local communities, hospitals, education, prisons and the armed forces) in the Church of England.

The latest statistics have been added to the Church of England website, alongside attendance statistics published in February, at .

It should be noted that many of the statistics are for 2009. These seem to be the ones that require data from parishes.

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Rod Gillis
Rod Gillis
12 years ago

Interesting ordination stats. In the Canadian church, despite pleas from the Pension Corp., Canadian bishops continue to ordain older types to stipendiary ministry, thus making it difficult for young adults (23-30) to have a viable future as life long stipendiary priests.

Laurence Roberts
Laurence Roberts
12 years ago

The young adults are better off out of it- if the Canadian anglican church is anything like the C of E.

12 years ago

I’m puzzled – why would ordaining older people stop you ordaining younger ones too? Older stiopendiary ordinands in England get a pro rata pension so ergo younger ones get full pensions.

Rod Gillis
Rod Gillis
12 years ago

Well,Laurence, the problem is, if the church is to reach a younger generation then it is vital that we have young people in positions of leadership. With regard to frozenchristian, putting young adults in the field as full-time stipendiary life long priests requires putting in place structures that will sustain them in this particular calling over the long haul. If young adults enter ministry with high student loan debts (as they may in Canada), and have little prospect of eventual pension security, and are screened out because they are not “orthodox” enough or conventional enough in their thinking, or are… Read more »

Perry Butler
Perry Butler
12 years ago

for me the interesting statistic is the 29,000 licenced and authorized ministers, ordained and lay…the C of E has,to some extent re-created the medieval minor orders, and presumably this doesnt include parish administrators or vergers. As former Dean, Trevor Beeson put it in a recent letter to the Times, the challenge is to deploy these people properly. In my experience it is in not getting the right people in the right places that too often inhibits ministry and mission in todays C of E. I remember a RC priest saying to me that the RC Church had much less “talent”… Read more »

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