2012 Ministry statistics
Statistics 2012 provides a wide range of statistics
about licensed ministers in the Church of England. These statistics
reflect the changing patterns of ministry over the past decade.
Growing trend for worshippers at cathedrals, show latest
The number of worshippers at Church of England cathedrals
increased in 2012, continuing the growing trend seen since the
Millennium. Total weekly attendance at the 42* cathedrals grew to
35,800, according to
Cathedral Statistics 2012 an increase of 35% since 2002.
*There are 42 cathedrals in the Church of England, 43 including
the Cathedral Church of Holy Trinity, Gibraltar in the Diocese in
2011 finance statistics
Statistics 2011 provides the latest financial information
provided by parishes via their annual finance returns.
2011 attendance and occasional offices
Attendance and occasional offices 2011 provides the latest
statistics for weekly, Sunday, Christmas and Easter attendance,
alongside figures on the Electoral Roll and Occasional offices.
Church Statistics 2010/11 provides measures of
participation and affiliation collected by Church of England
dioceses, parishes and cathedrals. This publication provides more
detailed geographical evidence of the continued involvement of the
Church of England in the everyday lives of men, women and
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2010/11 Headline Statistics:
- 85% of people in Britain visit a church in any one year for
many reasons apart from services of worship. Weddings,
funerals, school services, concerts and special events attract
people to these centres of community life.
- At Christmas 35% of people in Britain attend a church service
while 20% attend a normal Sunday or midweek church service
over the course of the year. For Church of England churches
this brings more than 1.7 million people over a typical month into
their regular services.
- There are 16,000 Church of England church buildings across
England, 9,000 of which are rural and 7,000 are in urban
areas. 45% of all grade 1 listed buildings are Church of
England parish churches.
- 4,700 Church of England schools educate almost 1 million
children. 25% of all primary schools and 1 in 16 secondary schools
are Church of England, many in deprived areas.
- 65% of the British population regard themselves as Christian.
In 900 Church of England parishes more than 10% of residents are
from other faith communities. In 80% of these the church buildings
are used by other faiths.
- More people do unpaid work for churches than for any other
organisation. Churchgoers contribute 23.2 million hours each
month outside their local church to the local community.
- The Church of England brings Christian ministry to every
neighbourhood, to industry, education, hospitals, prisons, armed
forces and community centres. There are 28,000 licensed
ministers, 17,800 of which are volunteers, 18,000 of which are
ordained clergy and 10,000 are licensed lay ministers. In
addition around 150,000 people serve as lay members of local parish