Skip to main content

Shocking Statistics

Can anyone confirm that this is true?

Apparently 57% of 20's who attend church do so in London.

London has 11 per cent of all churches in England, and 20 per cent of all churchgoers. It has 53 per cent of all English Pentecostalists, and 27 per cent of all Charismatic Evangelicals. Also, it caters for 57 per cent of all worshippers in their 20s. "I couldn't believe that figure myself, and had to check it again," said Peter Brierley, the director of Christian Research" (Church Times 2005)

London has 13% of the general population by my rudimentary calculations.


linda said…
I would actually agree with that - I'm no expert on the church in the Uk - but my general observation has been that when I have travelled outside London I meet fewer younger Christians than older Christians. I think too that perhaps London generally has more of the 'happening' churches that attract younger people. Also maybe a lot of job opportunities outside London tend to go to older people whereas in London there are loads of opportunities here.

Churches like Hillsong for example tend to attract young Aussies, Kiwis and South Africans as well.

Just a few thoughts.
Joe said…
Christianity is surely more prevalent amongst the middle and upper classes (for a number of reasons, and yes I know that is rubbish dated terminology but you know largely what I mean). Check out the proportion of middle and upper class people in the London area compared to the rest of the country and I think the figures would make more sense.

Also, large urban areas have always attracted gatherings of minority groups. I don't think christianity would be the only faith/idea/community that has figures like this for London/England.
andy said…
from what I can rememebr of "Pulling out of the nosedive" (the results of the 2006 church census), these figures are about correct. The church in London has a younger demographic, and is also the only region in the country which is growing in church attendance. However, most of all the growth comes from Black churches and immigrant churches, so I'm not sure if the class demographic argument is that valid for London (it probably applies more elsewhere in the country - ie church numbers are declining less slowly in commuter towns, which are mostly middle class)

Popular posts from this blog

NO MORE MAGIC BULLET- or why I have stopped watching the West Wing

I love the West Wing. It still rates as one of the most well informed and influential series of the genre. Its speeches have been stolen by people who have osmosed its hope for a better way of doing politics. When we watch it today it holds a very particular kind of resonance because it demonstrates a civility that has been drowned in a sea of hate. It has positive images of a wrestled out faith, is rich with camaraderie and pith and is just good telly.
But its bad for me. 
It pains me to admit this, but the West Wing makes me think I can change the world in a way that is simply not helpful. 
It holds out the present hope that the world can turn on a single conversation. With the brave statement or right turn of phrase one might change the debate, and in turn might change the world entire. The moment in the Oval where they realise that if they take no credit they can save social security. The moment where Donna remembers to pay welfare payments. The realisation that all the NATO people a…

Falling out with Football

Some of my earliest memories are of Sunday mornings. There was one which seemed to involve being in a big hall colouring pictures, but I didn’t much like that, so the memories that have stuck are of sitting outside. Now, I love outside, it calms me, so pretty much any outdoor activity would have held some thrall for my turbulent child self. But the family Sunday activity was football.
When I was very small my Dad played. He was past his glory days by the time I can remember. The cartilage in his knees had run out before the rest of his body- and so much of my memory of him was as he “ran the line”.I’m pretty sure he sometimes did that in wellies, but its been a long time.
Sunday football was part of our life. We would go to the game and then mum would join us as we had drinks at the social club next door. It’s why I drank beer from the age of eight and could snaffle my way through about a thousand calories of crisps in a sitting.
And then we would go home, have a massive roast and w…

What's Next? 8 ways to move on..

It is still early, only twenty four hours since many of us woke up to find that what we had hoped did not happen. The referendum, for many is lost, and the reaction is fierce. What follows are a few ideas of how to navigate the next wee while.
Be Real If this hurts, hurt. If it make us feel scared, be scared. Anger and blame are great displacements- and they have their moment (which is still now, don’t just squash it) - but get as close to the real feelings as you can. And take that moment to acknowledge that for many of us part of the challenge is that we are not used to getting our own way.
Be Kind If you are reading this, the outcome is worse for many other people. They may have voted for it, but they will suffer. Be kind. And be kind to those who are very fearful. Being an EU worker at this moment must feel pretty grim. Be kind.
Switch Off How many of us have run our phone batteries dry in the last 24 hours? The urge to check social media and keep abreast of what s going on is…