25 June 2012
The Church of England has today
published its latest information both about parish income and
expenditure and about trends in ministry numbers in Church
The attendance statistics included were published in January
2012. This year's financial statistics show that parish giving
remained resilient in 2010 despite the general economic situation.
With investment income still at the reduced level experienced in
recent years overall parish income was marginally ahead of the
Despite the difficult economic times, parishioners'
tax-efficient planned giving continued to increase in 2010, by 3.4%
to an average of £10.41 a week. When higher inflation is taken into
account this does, however, represent a fall compared with 2009 -
the first fall in real terms since 2000.
The total income of parishes rose slightly to £897 million,
although this is also a real terms decline compared with 2009.
Because so much of this comes from the regular, planned giving
which continues to be the core of church finances, this decrease
was proportionally less than that experienced by many
In 2010, parishes received £305 million from more than six
hundred thousand regular givers. Many of these gifts and some
one-off donations are given through Gift Aid, resulting in more
than £84 million in tax being reclaimed by parishes from HMRC, up
by more than £2 million from 2009.
Income from dividends, interest and property dropped by
approximately 11 per cent between 2009 and 2010, and parishes
received £30 million from this source. This drop reflects low
interest rates and stock market returns.
At the same time, parishes made donations of £49 million to
external charities and mission organisations.
Ministry and Ordination candidates
At the end of 2011, there were some 28,955 licensed and
authorised ministers, ordained and lay, active across the 12,500
parishes and a growing variety of chaplaincies (in local
communities, hospitals, education, prisons and the armed forces) in
the Church of England.
The number of people ordained to stipendiary (paid) ministry -
264 in 2011 - has remained broadly stable over the past 16 years
(see graph p52). This is compared with almost a three-fold
increase in those ordained to self-supporting ministry (89 in 1994
to 240 in 2011). About half (52 per cent) of those ordained
in 2011 entered stipendiary ministry compared with more than three
quarters (78 per cent) in 1994. In total, 504 new
clergy were ordained in 2011. 464 candidates were accepted to train
as future clergy in 2011, a lower number than in previous years
(but provisional figures for 2012 show that numbers accepted for
ordination have returned to previous levels). The number of readers
in training in 2011 was 349.
The number of women clergy, paid and unpaid, continues to rise.
In 2011 there were 1,763 women in full-time paid parochial
appointments compared with 1,140 in 2000, an increase of 50 per
cent over the decade. Women make up over one in five (22 per cent)
of paid parish clergy. Women in 2011 made up more than half of both
those in self-supporting ministry (54 per cent) and of licensed
readers (51 per cent).
Clergy information by ethnicity for each diocese is published
for the first time, with percentage of white and black minority
ethnic stipendiary priests.
The Research & Statistics team are undergoing a process of
review and would like your feedback as part of their current "Data
Users" survey. This will help them to prioritise what they will
publish in the future and hopefully make Church Statistics much
more relevant to you.
The latest statistics have been added to the Church of England
website alongside attendance statistics published in January