Comments: CofE attendance statistics

Hmmm. If funerals' fluctuation of 4% is down to demographics, does that imply a change of say 2-3% in other metrics is indistinguishable from an even keel?

Posted by Tim at Friday, 1 February 2008 at 8:01pm GMT

With 69% calling themselves Christian and 65 of another faith, and 50% Church of England, and 6% of othe faiths (illogicality in responses mean not all the 50% will consider themselves part of the 69%), that leaves quite a hefty up to 25% who now consider themselves of no faith. 85% went into a church some time.

I remember when we did a survey of attendance in a council estate where the local churches were empty. We stressed we were university and not Church in any sense, to reduce the "give them what they want to hear" answers. Nevertheless, from the answers received, the people who said they went to church should have been queueing outside the door.

I don't believe all these statistics. They are inflated. The trends may be of slight decline, of course - inflation one year to the next can still show a trend.

Posted by Pluralist at Saturday, 2 February 2008 at 2:17am GMT
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