A new report about churchgoing in the UK has been produced by Tear Fund and was reported on yesterday by the BBC. Tom and I discussed some of the findings and my friend Jason is already linking the implications to potential outreach at his church.
Apparently one in ten people attend a church once a week and one in seven once a month.
The headline grabbing suggestion is that an estimated 3 million people would attend church if given the right invitation.
The number of people who identify themselves as ‘Christian’ in response to the question “Do you regard yourself as belonging to any particular religion?” is 53%. Although less than the 72% who identified themselves as ‘Christian’ in the 2001 census, the authors suggest that this is likely to be due to a subtle difference in the question asked. The 53% are more certain of their affiliation to the Christian faith. Among the sadder statistics are the 13.7m people who consider themselves ‘closed, de-churched’ in that they used to go but wouldn’t any more. But on the whole this report is very positive about the openness towards the church among the great British public. There’s a lot in there and it’s well presented.
You can download the full report from Tear Fund.