GROWTH AMIDST DECLINE: 2016 SCOTTISH CHURCH CENSUS PB
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- ISBN 9780995764606
- Author BRIERLEY PETER
- Pub Date 01/01/2016
Good News! While the number of people going to church since the turn of the century in Scotland has fallen, there are over 300 new churches as well as more than 500 churches where attendance has grown. In addition, Scotland has seen a huge number of children join the church since 2002 (when it was last measured) - over 50,000 in fact....
Good News! While the number of people going to church since the turn of the century in Scotland has fallen, there are over 300 new churches as well as more than 500 churches where attendance has grown. In addition, Scotland has seen a huge number of children join the church since 2002 (when it was last measured) - over 50,000 in fact.
The imapct of declining numbers is, however, significant and this book identifies the problems of decline as well as the highlights of growth. One of the key dilemmas of Scottish churches, as in many other countries, is that church attendance is ageing, with an increasing proportion over the age of 50.
'Growth Admist Decline' explores other important facets of Scottish church life as well. It looks at the ethnicity of congregations, how long people have been attending their present church, how far they live from it, the ethos of the church, and how all this varies geographically across Scotland.
Leadership is crucial to all churches, and the 2016 Scottish Church Census asked questions relating to Scottish leadership also. The book also includes a chapter on the age of Scottish churches, and another on their community work, which is considerable.
'Growth Admist Decline' breaks the figures down by denomination, Council, church ethos, age and gender of those attending church both mid-week and on Sunday. Mid-week attendance proved to be very important as it brought the total reach of the churches to 10% of the population.
The Census results indicate that careful, strategic thinking and decisive action will be needed to tackle the issues arising from from this major study.
Dr Peter Brierley has been researching the church for many years as director first of MARC Europe and then of Christian Research. As a statistician he has been responsible for nine national church censuses within Britain, and also the London Church Census. He strongly believes that quality information is essential for leadership in helping the church move forward in these challenges.
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: ADBC Publishers (16 Aug. 2017)