28 October 2010
The Church of England has today published its latest information
about parish income and expenditure and trends in ministry numbers
Church Statistics 2008/9. The attendance statistics included
were published in February 2010.
This year's statistics include additional information on current
areas of interest reflecting the contemporary life of the Church.
Information on children and young people's involvement with the
church outside worship has been collected for the second time, so
that trends can be identified in future years as more data is
collected. Data on numbers of parishes theologically opposed to the
ordination of women provide factual information for future
Despite the difficult economic times, parishioners'
tax-efficient planned giving continued to increase in 2008,
reaching an average of £9.77 a week, while the total income of
parishes exceeded £900 million for the first time at £925 million.
Total voluntary income rose to £505 million or £8.31 per electoral
roll member per week. At the same time, total parish expenditure
rose to £874 million, with nearly £52 million of this being
donations made by parishes to external charities.
Dr John Preston, the Church's National Stewardship and Resources
"Whilst recent figures for giving to the wider charity
sector have shown a dip, giving to parishes in 2008 saw a further
increase to record levels, a sign of the high level of commitment
that so many have to supporting the mission and ministry of their
local parish church. Legacy giving has also bucked the national
trend - reaching the highest ever level of £48.1 million."
Another 491 candidates were accepted to train as future clergy
in 2009, making a total of 1338 in training. In total, 564 new
clergy were ordained in 2009, 10 less than in 2008 and 77 more than
in 2006 (the lowest in recent years). Of those, 309 were entering
full-time paid ministry, compared with 321 in 2008 and 226 in
While the numbers of people being training for ordination
remained buoyant across 2009, number of retirements also remained
high. 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 six of those in
training being under 30 years of age." Taking retirements and other
losses into account, there was a net loss of 128 full-time paid
clergy, compared with 182 in 2006.
At the end of 2009, there were some 28,000 licensed and
authorised ministers, ordained and lay, active in the Church of
The three new tables in this year's Church of England statistics
are: Ordination of Women Resolutions and Petitions; Children at
Church-Related Activities 2008; and Young People at Church-Related
The latest statistics have been added to the Church of England
website, alongside attendance statistics published in