Research & Statistics

2012 Statistics for Mission

Statistics for Mission 2012 provides the latest figures on Church of England attendance and occasional offices, including new statistics on our worshipping community and numbers of people joining and leaving. Overall in 2012, on average 1.05m people attended Church of England churches each week showing no significant change over the past decade; and over the year the Church of England conducted over 356,000 services of baptism, wedding and funerals at an average of about 6,700 each week - almost 1,000 per day - marking the rites of passage in people's lives in communities across the country.

2012 Ministry statistics

Ministry 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 stats

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 Europe.

2011 finance statistics

Finance Statistics 2011 provides the latest financial information provided by parishes via their annual finance returns.

2011 attendance and occasional offices statistics

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

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 children.


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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 church councils.