(Article) Bishop Seeley tells Synod of short- and long-term financial pressures | the Church Times
“Pressed by Mr Lunn about whether the Archbishops’ Council recognised that dioceses were not “trying to undermine the mission of the Church”, but had policies “dictated by their finance or lack thereof”, Bishop Seeley agreed: “One of the things that is going on here is we have got a long-term Vision and Strategy and short-term pressures around finance, and those two timetables don’t meet. . .
“We need to try to find a way to mitigate the current situation that is prompting dioceses to consider cutting posts . . . through some form of financial provision.” It remained unclear exactly how many posts dioceses were cutting, he said.”
“Projects awarded funding between 2014 and 2021 were expected to create 89,375 disciples; to date [Februrary 2022],12,705 have been “witnessed”. In the time period, dioceses have spent £74.5 million of the £176.7 million of SDF grants awarded by the SIB.”
Stronger As One? Amalgamations and church attendance | CofE
“From this inspection and statistical analysis of the standardised attendance data prepared by Voas and Watt, it is clear that the relationship between growth in standardised attendance and benefice structure is complex. …
The effect on standardised attendance of benefice structure is clearly complex and requires further investigation (See Going Deeper for further investigation); work with clergy numbers and diocesan resources may be considered.”
Going Deeper: Church attendance statistics and clergy deployment | CofE
“The variety of factors that affect change within a congregation’s Statistics for Mission figures is enormous. Voas and Watt touched on many of them in their report. In this document, we have shown that the location of a parish, the congregation size, and the population change in the parish all have statistically significant effects on a congregation’s growth. These are not factors that we can change, but being able to partition out the effects of these factors, we can look in more detail at the effect of other factors such as benefice structure and clergy numbers.
The change in the number of clergy per church in the parish has a significant effect on growth in that parish. Where there is an increase in stipendiary clergy, there is a greater likelihood of growth, a decrease in stipendiary clergy is more likely, on average, to lead to decline. ”
Findings from the Church Growth Research Programme 2011-2013
Is this the solution to our missional challenge? | Psephizo