A new and exciting website for the Church of England’s Church Growth Research Programme has just been launched!
This website enables you to find out more about the 18 month research project that is exploring the factors that are related to growth within the Church of England. There are a number of interactive and engaging elements that the site has to offer:
- Statistics: This page displays key statistics and trends in relation to church growth and decline of the Church of England. Areas featured include historic church attendance data, age profiling of the Church of England, parish growth and decline, information on baptisms and marriages and Cathedral attendance data.
- Literature on church growth: The website has made an initial attempt to pool existing literature on church growth to create an index of related material. Visitors are invited to suggest additional literature to add to this page in order to grow the collection.
- Case studies of growing churches: A number of case studies of growing churches are detailed on this section of the site that range from contexts including Fresh Expressions, urban and rural settings. Further case studies will be added to this page in due course.
- Discussion Forum: The programme is very keen to engage and interact with those who have an interest in the different aspects of church growth. The discussion forum allows people to express their opinions and experiences of church growth. A number of discussion boards have been created to help focus conversations around particular areas. For example there is a discussion board for people to talk about their experience of Fresh Expressions as well as one that welcomes debate around the theology of church growth. Visitors are encouraged to sign up and become an active part of the research programme.
You can also follow the Church of England’s work on Church Growth on Twitter: @ChurchGrowthRD.