Statistically Speaking
The Research & Statistics Review
Issue 1, December 201


I am delighted to welcome you to the first quarterly e-newsletter from the Research and Statistics team. This newsletter is a direct result of some feedback we received as part of the User Consultation this summer. Several of you said it would be helpful to have a regular update on our latest statistical releases and new resources we have developed for you. I hope you find this newsletter useful. Please do keep in touch with ideas of other resources you would find helpful in your work.

Wishing you a peaceful Christmas and a happy New Year!

Bev Botting
(Head of Research & Statistics Unit)

Statistics for Mission 2015:
It's all about communication 
by Ken Eames


This time last year, we had finally won our fight against the uncooperative spreadsheets and had just sent the first draft of the 2014 attendance figures to dioceses. Final figures and publication were still weeks away. This year, thanks to speedier data entry by thousands of people in churches all over the country, we were able to publish Statistics for Mission before the end of October. And we even had time to speak to (almost) every diocese beforehand and to read (almost) every comment written on the forms. Prompt sharing of data is vital if the information is going to be best used to help inform the decisions taken by churches. Next year we’ll be even earlier!

That’s the good bit. Less encouraging are the figures themselves, which continue to show a steady fall in attendance. Obviously numbers aren’t everything, but it’s a bit depressing to see the same trend year on year since the 1960s. It’s not all doom and gloom; some parishes are thriving and doing wonderful things, so the next step is to help our colleagues to share what works (and what doesn’t). Statistics, it turns out, is all about communication.

Seasonal prediction: with Christmas Day on a Sunday this year and mild weather forecast, we expect an especially high turnout at Christmas services. Maybe order another crate of mince pies.

Click here to view the 2015 Statistics for Mission report.

Christmas rocking horse ornament
Christmas 2016
“Snow is falling all around me,
Children playing having fun,
it’s the season of love and understanding
Merry Christmas everyone!”

In the immortal words of Shakin’ Stevens, Merry Christmas everyone! This year has been a particularly hectic one for the Research & Stats team so we are all very much looking forward to participating in all the wonderful Christmassy events happening here at Church House.

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2015 Parish Finance
Thank you to everyone who has sent us a Return of Parish Finance - we are extremely grateful as it now means that we can start the business of quality checking the data, hurrah!Quality checking data is fundamental to ensuring that the figures we publish are robust.

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Faith in Research 2017
‘Evaluating Initiatives’; ‘Different shapes of Ministry’; ‘Community engagement & Social action’ these are just some of the topics which will be covered at Faith in Research 2017. It is hard to believe that we are already well into the planning; it seems like only yesterday that we were busy filling delegate packs, printing programmes and making name badges with very tiny writing (and yes, we promise that the font will be bigger this time!).

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A fond farewell to the Revd Debbie  

Our Assistant Statistical Researcher, the Reverend Debbie Hore, will be leaving us at the end of the year to take up the post of Associate Minister in the parish of Great St Mary, Sawbridgeworth in St Alban’s diocese. We are sad to see her go but we are delighted that Debbie now has the opportunity to focus on her pastoral ministry. Read her reflections on working eleven years in the R&S team here.
Don't forget that if you are responsible for collecting your church's Statistics for Mission return, the forms should be back by 31st January!
Faith in Research conference 17th May 2017
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