Carolyn Kinsman, 11/10/2017
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Current research 

Here are some of our current research projects.

Front cover - smallA Bigger Difference - a report on social action and church growth in the Diocese of Liverpool

The Diocese of Liverpool is asking God for a Bigger Church, so it can make a Bigger Difference - more people knowing Jesus, more justice in the world.

Engaging with church leaders and parishioners, this research explores how Bigger Difference social action - Christians undertaking social action, enabling more people to know Jesus and pursuing more justice in the world - is happening within the diocese and considers how this relates to both the numerical and spiritual growth of the Church in the Diocese of Liverpool.

Click here for a PDF copy of the report.

hands-color-1187519 - smallA deeper study of the effects of Messy Church

The Messy Church model and values have proved enormously popular as a way that churches can reach out in mission to families. Our aim is to learn to what extent they make disciples and to what extent they mature as churches within a Church of England context (predominantly). We are also gathering data on lifespan and investigating what happens to people when they stop attending a Messy Church.

This project is gathering both qualitative and quantitate data across a variety of ways that the Messy Church model is adapted for use in local contexts. Our research design incorporates the perspectives of attenders as well as leaders and children.

This work is sponsored by the Church of England's Church Commissioners and will be completed in November 2018.

Dioceses of Meath and Kildare - strategic review

During 2018, we are assisting the Church of Ireland Dioceses of Meath and Kildare with a strategic review. The aims of this project include:

  • Creating a conversation within the diocese that creates hopes and sense of possibility for the future
  • Providing a credible basis for an accepted action plan moving forward

The methods we are using include a literature and data review, an online stakeholder survey and on-site consultancy visits. The project is due for completion by September 2018.

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Diocese of Portsmouth - attenders and leaders survey

We are currently providing consultancy to the diocese to help them to evaluate the impact of initiatives undertaken, with the aim of promoting fresh expressions of Church and pioneering ministry in the diocese.

In 2018 this will involve a fresh expressions of Church leaders’ survey and attenders’ survey, which we will analyse and report on in June.


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Diocese of Oxford survey

We are conducting a survey of all fresh expressions of Church in the diocese to provide a credible basis for future mission planning. This work builds on the survey work reported on in The Day of Small Things, our 2016 report on fresh expressions of Church in 21 dioceses.

The project is due for completion in September 2018.

Andrew Wooding, 02/12/2017