Key areas of research

Church attendance statistics

The annual Statistics for Mission return collects attendance and participation information from across the Church of England.

Statistics for Mission 2017 (published November 2018) provides the latest figures including:

  • Attendance at Church of England services
  • Baptisms
  • Marriages
  • Funerals
  • Church-based social action projects

Detailed Diocesan tables (excel file).

Next publication: Statistics for Mission 2018 (due autumn 2019).

Earlier publications can be found on the resources, publications, and data page.

Parish finance statistics

Parish finance statistics are collected annually from throughout the Church of England.

Finance Statistics 2016 (published August 2018) provides the latest financial information, including:

  • Giving
  • Legacies
  • Capital expenditure

Tables showing parish finances aggregated to diocese level are available as an excel file.

Next publication: Finance Statistics 2017 (due summer 2019) 

Earlier publications can be found on the resources, publications, and data page.

Ministry statistics

Ministry data provide summary statistics about the number of clergy serving in the Church of England. Statistics include:

  • Numbers of stipendiary and non-stipendiary clergy
  • Numbers of ordinations
  • Numbers of ordinands entering training
  • Age, gender, and ethnicity of clergy

Ministry Statistics 2017 (published August 2018) and Commentary provided by The Venerable Julian Hubbard, Director of Ministry, provides summary statistics of the number of clergy serving in the Church of England, including trends in total numbers in stipendiary and self-supporting ministry, age profiles, gender splits and ethnicity.

Detailed Diocesan tables can be found in a separate excel file.

Next publication: Ministry Statistics 2018 (due summer 2019) 

Earlier publications can be found on the resources, publications, and data page.

Cathedral statistics

Cathedral attendance statistics are collected annually from all the Church of England's cathedrals.

Cathedral Statistics 2017 (published October 2018) includes additional figures on cathedrals' involvement in wider ministry and mission includes:

  • Attendance at Church of England Cathedrals
  • Choirs and musicians
  • Cathedrals’ involvement in wider ministry and mission

Next publication: Cathedral Statistics 2018 (due autumn 2019) 

Earlier publications can be found on the resources, publications, and data page.