Statistics for Mission


The deadline for data collection for 2021 has been extended to Sunday 20th March.

We do not expect any further extensions.

This is an important national tool which helps shed light on how the Church of England is doing in terms of ‘numbers’. It collects attendance and participation information. Whilst this only provides a certain angle on progress but 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 all very aware that due to the continued presence of Covid-19, which has led to another disrupted year, many of our churches will have felt far from ‘normal’ in 2021. However, it was hugely encouraging to discover through the 2020 Statistics for Mission some of the creativity and resilience that churches displayed in finding ways to continue to offer worship and support their congregations and communities.

In the Statistics for Mission 2021 form we are again attempting to understand and recognise some important aspects of churches’ work in 2021. Once again, the form is a little different from usual, but much of it will be familiar to those who assisted us by providing figures last year. As ever, where exact numbers are unavailable we would far rather have your best approximation than no information at all.

Please be reassured that the data for 2021 will be used carefully by the Diocese and the National Church, taking into account the disruption that churches have experienced. 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 progress against our vision which includes Growing Disciples by 7000 over the next few years. 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

The deadline for submitting the 2021 Statistics for Mission form is 20th March 2022.

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.

Statistics for Mission 2021 form

If you have any questions regarding this process, please feel free to contact Neil Peake:

Thank you for all you are doing to support the mission of the church across the diocese as we seek to Grow Disciples Wider, Younger,  Deeper 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
  • The parish returns system for the 2021 figures is now live
  • The importance of questions 5 – the October count
  • The October count dates are Sunday 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th. You will also see that they are looking for figures for weekday services
  • The deadline for this return is 20th March 2022.

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