Attendance Statistics

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Which churches are growing?  Which are holding their own against difficult circumstances?  Which are not and need more help?  These questions can only be answered with the assistance of reliable attendance information.

In the past only adults worshipping on a Sunday were recorded.  But our world and communities are ever changing places.  So we now ask each church to include the numbers of children attending worship on a Sunday (including Sunday Schools) and to also report the numbers of additional adults and children attending regular midweek services.

Completed Excel spreadsheet forms can be emailed directly back to resources.team@liverpool.anglican.org, while the larger print PDF versions should be printed and posted back to the Resources Team at St James’ House.

Thank you to all the Churchwardens, Church Administrators, clergy and others who diligently collect their church’s attendance information and send it in to us.  The data you provide helps us all, locally, regionally and nationally to make better decisions.
Counting the congregation
Further to the recent discussions of our diocesan synod, the following ethos should be applied to all church attendance counts.

1. All congregations should be counted and recorded.These congregations will include all Sunday services plus established midweek services - whether Eucharistic or non-Eucharistic.
Emerging congregations (fresh expressions of church) that have not yet matured into bodies where regular giving is reasonably expected may still be excluded from the counts submitted to the Resources Team. The key questions for inclusion are:
- Is there an open collection plate at the service or worship activity?
- Is there a core membership of 10% or more which give regularly as part of their membership of that congregation?
If the answer to either question is ‘yes’ then their attendance must be recorded and reported.

2.Those people who attend more than one service or worship activity during the same week must also be reported (see individual record sheets for detailed guidance) An allowance is made in the published diocesan attendance numbers for those who attend more than once per week.

There will never be an exact set of rules or formulae for counting attendance at services or other worship activities. It will always be a significant matter of trust and mutuality. However, your Archdeacon’s Parish Review will begin to assess whether your declared attendance numbers fit with reality and are consistent with the approach used by other churches within the diocese.”