Current Research

Seeing and sharing what God is doing in mission

Children, youth and young families – Diocese of St Davids

The Diocese of St Davids are looking to plan and resource their ministry with children, youth and young families. We are working with the diocese to provide an overview of their current engagement and ministry with these groups and also to explore avenues of potential and challenges that may be faced.

This project will feature survey, interview and focus group work.


The Arthur Rank Centre is an ecumenical charity which works with those involved in rural ministry and the communities they serve. It has commissioned Church Army to evaluate two of its training projects, the Rural Ministry Course and the Germinate Leadership programme, both focusing on the experiences of those involved in rural mission and ministry.

Diocese of Portsmouth

We have worked with the Diocese of Portsmouth on several projects in recent years, including surveys of fresh expressions of Church and our Pioneering in Portsmouth evaluation report on the diocese’s Pioneer Project. You can download it here.

We are currently engaged in a piece of consultancy work for the  diocese, developing a framework to help churches collect, report on, and make use of data concerning depth, impact and number.

Reaching New People

Reaching New People is an initiative of the Diocese of St Albans which explores and supports new ways to reach people who aren’t currently engaged with the Church, and looks at how to make new disciples. The Diocese of St Albans has commissioned Church Army’s Research Unit to conduct research to support the development and evaluation of this initiative.

One element of our research has involved facilitating lay and ordained leaders to tell their stories of how they are reaching new people. These stories can be found on the Reaching New People: Stories page. Our hope is that by sharing these stories – and the reflections from these leaders about prayerfulness, leadership and discipleship captured in five animations – others will be encouraged to reach new people.

You can watch the animated reflections below:

Recording the Journey

Recording the Journey is a long-running project which aims to measure and quantify the work of Church Army’s Centres of Mission. It currently involves two strands of research: qualitative and quantitative.

  1. The qualitative research has involved interviewing each Centre of Mission and producing case studies.
  2. The quantitative research has involved gathering data relating to a number of aspects of the Centre of Mission, such as attendance at groups and events, running evangelism and discipleship courses, details of volunteers and stories of people coming to faith.

Recording the Journey is not publicly available as it is an internal piece of research for Church Army. However, the findings and material generated are fed into various Church Army publications, including our annual impact report and Catalyst magazine, as well as the wider work of Church Army. Our experience of Recording the Journey also informed the design and delivery of our Mission Under Lockdown research during the COVID-19 pandemic and various other external research projects.

Urban Estates

We are working with the National Estate Churches Network and several Church of England dioceses to help evaluate and share learning from different pilot courses being delivered with current and potential leaders from churches in urban deprived contexts. The dioceses and courses we are currently accompanying are:

  1. The Diocese of London’s Estates Course
  2. The Diocese of Birmingham’s Leadership Pathway for Urban/Estates Ministry
  3. The Diocese of Blackburn’s M:Power programme

Diocese of Leeds survey

As part of their ‘Loving, Living, Learning’ strategy, the Diocese of Leeds have commissioned Church Army’s Research Unit to design, administer and report upon an annual survey of diocesan PCCs to evaluate strategic impact at the parish level. The survey uses a novel collection methodology to discern the accessibility of resources, the strength of support and the possibility of cultural change.
Survey results are summarised in an annual report which visualises key measures for easy comparison year on year so that strategic discussions are informed by the experiences and attitudes of practitioners across the diocese.

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