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1 Web: Journeying from Anecdote to Evidence to Action: - Update on the Church growth research programme Resource Strategy & Development Unit – National Church Institutions Faith in Research Conference 4 th June 2014

2 Moving From Anecdote to Evidence Overview How far has the research taken us on the journey from anecdote to evidence? A quick re-cap of some of the headline findings Next steps – From Evidence to Action And to more evidence… Some early examples of action

3 Moving From Anecdote to Evidence The Programme 18 month multi-method study of the factors relating to church growth First major in-depth study in the context of the Church of England Inevitably it does not provide all of the ‘answers’ or a formula for growth though it does increase the evidence base. Our aspiration: ‘anecdote’ to evidence’

4 #FiRChurchGrowth Moving From Anecdote to Evidence What has (and has not) been achieved? Improved data sets Increased understanding of factors associated with growth and decline. The challenge of establishing ‘causation’ A basis for further research and reflection

5 A quick re-cap of the key findings

6 Factors Associated with growth

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8 Next steps Further reflection on the findings Communication of the findings More research to build on areas where associations have been found Production and publication of ‘From Evidence to Action’ Engagement with diocesan senior leadership teams

9 From Evidence to Action Guide / tool kit to help parishes reflect on the research findings and to use them to inform their mission planning Not prescriptive – questions to open up discussion Links to resources Web based material including videos, sermon and bible study resources. To be carefully piloted in a range of contexts

10 Further research - amalgamations Further statistical work on the impact of amalgamations (Revd Dr Fiona Tweedie) Making use of improved data sets and further statistical techniques Exploring in more details the effect of geography, clergy and diocesan resource. Initial report by the end of the summer Features of growing amalgamated benefices? Alternative approaches?

11 Further research – Fresh expressions of Church Undertaken by the Church Army’s research unit Extend the analysis of the sum and dynamics of Fresh Expressions to a further 10 dioceses. Revisit some of the dioceses surveyed in the first wave Congregational profiling of FxC’s, church plants & parish churches 2 year study

12 Some examples of how the research has been used Diocese of Liverpool: growth factors inform MDR’s and Archdeacons visitations Guildford – Diocesan Synod reflecting on the findings From a Diocesan Missioner :: ‘The research hasn’t changed too much in what we are saying, but it has made a huge difference to the willingness people have to hear. I have seen more commitment to radical change in the last 4 weeks than in the previous 12 months…’

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