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The Archbishop of Canterbury has made the astonishing admission that he does not care if vicars leave the Anglican church to become Roman Catholic priests.
ChurchThe Christian Institute 6th February 2019
 
In new pastoral guidance, published on 11 December, the CofE has encouraged its clergy to create baptism-style ceremonies for transgender people to welcome them into the Anglican faith.

ChurchEvangelicals Now January 2019
 
A recent YouGov survey commissioned by The Times identified an increase in the number of church attendees but a decline in regular attendance. More people are attending church, but fewer are making it a regular habit.

ChurchYouth and Children’s Work February 2019.
 
The Church of England is facing opposition from more than 2,000 of its own clergy and office holders over new guidance on celebrating transgender ‘transitions’.
ChurchThe Christian Institute 1st February 2019
 
If all preaching was like the royal-wedding address given by the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, the Most Revd Michael Curry, 16 per cent of those who took part in an online survey would be more likely to go to church. But the survey, for the Christian think tank Theos, suggests that 38 per cent would not be more likely to attend.
ChurchChurch Times - 22 June 2018
 
What’s the news about the state of the church in Japan? The churches that do exist are usually small, 82% have under 50 regular attendees, 62% under the 30 and 31% less than 15 people in regular attendance.
ChurchEvangelicals Now - July 2018
 
The 2016 mission statistics show that 25 per cent of Church of England congregations do not include a single child or young person.
ChurchPremier Youth and Children’s Work – December 2017
 
Churchgoers live longer and are less stressed according to a study from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, USA. Research found that people aged 40 to 65 years old who attend church or other houses of worship reduced their risk of premature death by 55 percent.
ChurchPremier Christianity - July 2017
 
Over half of self-identifying Anglicans in the UK support same-sex relationships, and almost three quarters believe that sex is permissible outside of marriage, a new British Social Attitudes survey has found. The stance on homosexuality has become more liberal, with only 31% saying they agreed with same-sex relationships in 2012.
ChurchChristian Concern - 30th June 2017
 
There are serious concerns over plans to subject church youth work in England to ‘British Values’ inspections. Under the proposals, Ofsted will be given the power to carry out extremism checks on out-of-school settings. Concerns are heightened because of Ofsted’s apparent dislike of schools with Christian ethos. The Government’s consultation on the plans stated that any “extremist” or “undesirable” teaching which is incompatible with ‘British Values’ will be prohibited. Any place which provides instruction to under 19-year-olds for more than 6 hours in any week would be covered.
ChurchThe Christian Institute - Annual Review 2017
 
The biblical definition of marriage was dropped by the Scottish Episcopal Church at its General Synod meeting in Edinburgh yesterday. The denomination now states that marriages will take place in its churches merely “in accordance with the civil law of Scotland”.
ChurchThe Christian Institute - 9th June 2017
 
In just seven years the number of mainline protestant adults in America slid from 41 Million to 36 Million. They lost five million in just seven years, a decline of twelve percent.
ChurchYouth and Children’s Work - February 2017
 
Church of England doctrine on marriage should remain consistent with the Bible, but there should be “maximum freedom” for homosexual people within the Church, bishops have said in a new report on sexuality.
ChurchThe Christian Institute - 3rd February 2017
 
A new study has found that many churches, especially those with smaller congregations, are failing to offer any youth work provision, and those that do are concerned about the effectiveness of what they offer. Youthscape Centre for Research surveyed 2,054 churches across the UK. The findings are detailed in the Loosing Heart report which was launched at Lambeth Palace in December.
ChurchPremier Christianity - January 2017
 
According to a five year-year academic study reported on in mid-November, churches that are theologically conservative with beliefs based on a literal interpretation of the Bible grow faster than those with a liberal orientation. The growing churches featured contemporary worship, while declining churches favoured traditional styles of worship with organ and choir.
ChurchEvangelicals Now - January 2017
 
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