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 2018 (published October 2019) provides the latest figures including:

  • Attendance at Church of England services
  • Baptisms
  • Marriages
  • Funerals
  • Youth provision 
  • Enquiry and Christian basics courses

Detailed Diocesan tables (excel file).

Next publication: Statistics for Mission 2019 (due autumn 2020).

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 2017 (published June 2019) provides the latest financial information, including:

  • Income
  • Expenditure
  • Giving

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

Next publication: Finance Statistics 2018 (due summer 2020) 

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
  • Numbers of Readers / Licensed Lay Ministers

Ministry Statistics 2018 (published September 2019) and Commentary provided by Revd Dr Mandy Ford, interim 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 2019 (due summer 2020) 

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 2018 (published November 2019):

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

Next publication: Cathedral Statistics 2019 (due autumn 2020) 

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