Statistics About Church Attendance in the UK

Pastor Martin Wickens sent me a link to this article containing recent statistics about church attendance in the UK.  Here are a few of them for you to think over and pray about:

Overall Decline in Church Attendance

  • Out of a total population of 62 million people in the UK:
    • 5.5 million are church members (i.e. people who say they are definitely attached to a Christian church, equivalent to 9% of the population)
    • 3.6 million attend church on an average Sunday (6% of the population).
  • In the last ten years, there are now:
    • 400 fewer churches (-1%)
    • 950 more ministers (+2%)
    • 400,000 fewer church members (-6%)
    • 800,000 fewer attendees (-18%).

Demographic Trends

  • 39% of churches have no-one attending under 11 years of age
  • 49% of churches have no-one attending between the ages of 11 and 14
  • 59% of churches have no-one attending between the ages of 15 and 19.

  • There has been a 90% decline in the numbers of young people under 20 attending church over the last 20 years.

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