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Church of England spending hundreds of thousands to draw extra younger folks

Church of England spending hundreds of thousands to draw extra younger folks


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The Church of England is spending hundreds of thousands of kilos on mission and evangelism tasks in a bid to get extra kids and younger folks via parish doorways.


The Strategic Mission and Ministry Investment Board (SMMIB) awarded £60m to Church of England tasks and parishes final 12 months, and an additional £29m to help lowest revenue communities round England.

Much of this cash was targeted on rising variety and doubling the variety of kids and younger folks, the latter dubbed the “precedence of priorities”.

Successful tasks embrace ‘church after college’, group meals, child hubs, mountain pilgrimages, mentoring and discipleship programmes.

The Church of England has been strategically funding mission and outreach tasks since 2014 in a bid to halt the decline in attendance.

It mentioned that the “overwhelming majority” of tasks funded over the previous 10 years of strategic funding are “proving efficient”.

According to the report, there at the moment are between 900 and 1,000 new worshipping communities, together with church vegetation, chaplaincies and café church buildings.

There are round 4,000 to five,000 new leaders who’re volunteering, in lay management, coaching, or exploring ordained vocations.

An estimated 26-27,000 persons are newly collaborating in church gatherings backed by the Strategic Development Fund.

The Church of England has dedicated an additional £1bn to be invested regionally over the following 9 years targeted on rising folks from all backgrounds and youthful folks particularly.

Arun Arora, Bishop of Kirkstall and a member of the SMMIB, mentioned: “After 10 years, it is clear that strategic funding is making a constructive distinction to worshipping communities throughout England, permitting extra folks from extra backgrounds to know Jesus Christ and for his or her lives to be modified.

“I’m delighted that a lot focus up to now 12 months has been on our essential aim of doubling the variety of kids and younger folks within the church, which is starting to bear fruit. It can be very encouraging that important funding has been awarded to revitalise the parish system.

“These achievements couldn’t occur with out the dedication and imaginative and prescient of extraordinary folks whose devoted work of their communities invitations the Holy Spirit to maneuver. We are dedicated to studying from them and supporting extra communities because the Church of England’s substantial monetary dedication to frontline parish ministry continues within the coming years.”

In a foreword to the report, the Chairman of SMMIB, Carl Hughes, added: “This is a long-term funding programme and the Archbishops’ Council and Church Commissioners have signalled that they may make a complete of over £1bn accessible for distribution over 9 years.

“It has been thrilling to see the excessive ranges of engagement with the brand new funding programme all through the Church. The Board was delighted to award funding to 12 dioceses and three companions throughout 2023.

“The proposals embrace a powerful give attention to doubling the numbers of kids and younger folks, with funding, for instance, in ministers amongst kids and younger folks in parishes and in colleges, in coaching for youth employee apprentices and in chaplaincy.

“The majority of tasks supported by the nationwide Church are making good progress.”



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