Carolyn Kinsman, 11/10/2017
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Current research 

Here are some of our current and recently completed 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 explored 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. There is more about the report here.

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 gathered both qualitative and quantitative data across a variety of ways that the Messy Church model is adapted for use in local contexts. Our research design incorporated the perspectives of attenders as well as leaders and children.

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

You can find out more here.

Dioceses of Meath and Kildare - strategic review

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

  • 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 used included a literature and data review, an online stakeholder survey and on-site consultancy visits. The project was completed in September 2018.

Andrew Wooding, 02/12/2017