Statistics for Mission

Gathering the statistics for mission is key to the future development of the Church of England.

Data collection – 2016 figures

Copy of email September 2016


This email has been sent to the PCC Secretary and Churchwarden for your Parish.  Please can you forward this email to the right person who undertakes the role of reporting the Statistics for Mission?


I am writing to ask you to start the process of collecting this year’s Statistics for Mission figures.

Below is all the information you need to complete the forms and submit them online.  Towards the bottom of this email is a summary which should also be helpful.

To reduce mailing costs we are encouraging you to submit your statistics online. 95% of the returns last year were completed online, so thank you for help in this part of the process.   If you already have a username and password, this can be used again, if you require a reminder of your details or would like a new username and password, then please email Fraser McNish at

The Church of England has a new Portal. The Portal has been designed to link all system across the Church of England under one username and password.  The portal is up and running and you can associate your Parish Returns account with it right now. You don’t have to do this but is may make things simpler for you in the future.  Just go to and click on the “Register for an account”.  Once your Portal is set up, click on the “Parish Returns” tile and enter your existing Parish Returns username and password.  You can also use this portal to access the new Online Database (Directory), click here for more information. Remember to make a note of the Portal address or make a bookmark/favorite.

For those using the Online Parish Return System  please do use the reporting tools included in the system to explore how your attendance and income/expenditure have shifted over the last few years.  To help you to use this data in context the Research and Statistics team in the Archbishops’ Council have also recently produced Parish Spotlights.  These bring together figures from your church with information from the government Census to explore your church in relation to your local community.  They cover areas such as Christian affiliation, population age and ethnicity profiles, household structures, deprivation, employment, schools and qualifications, alongside church statistics such as attendance and giving. Research and Statistics hope you have found these tools useful and welcome feedback on how we can help you further in using your local statistics.  If you have not seen your Parish’s own spotlight, then let me or your Deanery office know and we can provide you with a copy.

The data you provide is used in many ways in both our diocese and nationally. Nationally, over the last year the National Church Institutions have been using the data as part of a large scale research project exploring some of the factors that might explain church growth in the Church of England.  Visit the website here for more information

Your statistics also form an essential foundation to discussions within synod about the future of our church.

The deadline for submitting the 2016 Statistics for Mission forms is 31st January 2017.

Click here to download the paper version of the form, we would encourage you to submit your data online. This year we will not be posting out the paper version unless the Churchwarden/PCC Secretary does not have an email address.  If you require a hard copy posting please can you email

If you have any questions regarding this process, please feel free to contact Fraser McNish on 01636 817244 or by email

Summary of information

  • All this information can be found on our website at
  • You can submit your data online here
  • If you do not have or you have forgotten your online username and password, please just email
  • The parish returns system for the 2015 figures will be  accessible from 1st October 2016
  • To save on printing and postage costs, we will not be printing and mailing the forms to Parishes, unless they are requested or the Churchwarden does not have an email address.
  • A copy of the Statistics for mission form can be downloaded from here
  • Paper returns should be sent to your Deanery Office.  This is not required if you have submitted your data online  
  • The October count dates are Sunday 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd You will also see that they are looking for figures for weekday services this year.
  • The deadline for this return is 31 January 2017


Thank you for your help and assistance in gathering these statistics.