Statistics for Mission

STATISTICS FOR MISSION

Please submit your 2022 Statistics for Mission form by 31st January 2023.

This is an important national tool which helps shed light on how the Church of England is doing in terms of attendance and participation information. Whilst this only provides one angle on progress it is a helpful indicator towards the health of the church – as I’m sure you’ve heard many times ‘a healthy church is a growing church’. I often find it helpful to remind myself that each ‘number’ is a seeker or follower of Jesus and a real person that is part of God’s story – more than just a ‘number’.

We are aware that churches have been significantly impacted by covid for the previous two years, although there have been encouraging signs of creativity and resilience. We hope that 2022 will start to show more positive signs as we all continue to pray that people will seek Jesus and grow in their faith in Him and see the central role the church plays in their faith journey. We long to see our churches across the diocese flourishing.

In the Statistics for Mission 2022 form, hard copy attached, we are again attempting to understand and recognise some important aspects of churches’ work in 2022. The main changes from last year’s form are:

  • The “Church at Home” question has been shortened.
  • The “Usual Sunday attendance”, absent in 2020 and 2021, has returned.
  • The “Social action” question, last asked in 2019, has returned.

As ever, where exact numbers are unavailable, we would far rather have your best approximation than no information at all. The data you provide is used in many ways in both our Diocese and the National Church. For example as a Diocese it helps us to measure trends and notice where new areas of mission and growth are developing. Whilst nationally the data helps form an essential foundation for discussions within Synod about the future of our church.

Thank you, as always, for your assistance in helping us better understand the work of our churches.

Data is submitted through the Online Parish Return System. It automatically checks for typographical errors and minor mistakes and gives you the opportunity to revise your figures before final submission. You can see the data for your church over time and download copies for your records.

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 reception@southwell.anglican.org.

If you are unable to complete your form online please complete the hard copy form as a Word document here or as a PDF here and return to Neil Peake, Jubilee House, 8 Westgate, Southwell, NG25 0JH.

The Church of England has a Portal. The Portal has been designed to link all systems across the Church of England under one username and password. You can associate your Parish Returns account with it right now. You don’t have to do this but this will make things simpler for you in the future.  Just go to https://cofeportal.org/ 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. 

Please submit your 2022 Statistics for Mission form by 31st January 2023.

If you are interested in Church of England statistics more broadly further information can be found on the Research & Statistics page on the national Church of England website.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please feel free to contact Neil Peake: neil.peake@southwell.anglican.org.

Thank you for all you are doing to support the mission of the church across the diocese as we seek to Grow Disciples, reaching wider in every community, connecting with younger generations to pass on the Good News of Jesus, and nurturing deeper roots of faith, by seeing a move of the Spirit with an increase in people coming to and growing in their faith in Jesus.

Summary of information:

  • You can submit your data online here
  • If you do not have or you have forgotten your online username and password, please email reception@southwell.anglican.org
  • The parish returns system for the 2022 figures will open for data entry on 2nd October 2022.
  • The importance of question 6 – the October count.
  • The October count dates are Sunday 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd. You will also see that they are looking for figures for weekday services.
  • Please submit your figures by 31st January 2023. 

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