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Ministry

Most of these figures concern full-time stipendiary clergy, that is those who have been ordained as presbyter (priest) and deacon in the Church of England.

In the mid 1960s there were just over 15,400 ordained full-time clergy in the Church of England. In the mid 1970s this figure fell as the decision to require clergy to retire by the age of 70 worked its way through.

By the early 1990s the number of clergy was still falling at a rate of around 3/4 of one percent (about 100 clergy) per year.

In 1992 the Church of England took the decision to ordain women as presbyters (priests) and the first such were ordained in 1992. Whilst this led to an immediate influx of women clergy the number of men continued to fall.

The number of women being ordained has not compensated for the loss of men and and the overall decline in clergy numbers has continued and if anything accelerated since 1992.

Since 1992 the average decline in clergy numbers has been someting over 1% which is higher than the rate before 1992. This equates to about 120 clergy per year which means that on average each Diocese is having to accommodate having 2 or 3 fewer clergy every year.

Amongst male clergy the rate of decline is over 2% per year and the total fall since 1991 is nearly one third.

Year Men Women % women Tot
2007 6,880 1,543 18.3 8,423
2006 7,109 1,507 17.5 8,616
2005 7,298 1,466 16.7 8,764
2004 7,451 1,401 15.8 8,852
2003        
2002 7,920 1,262 13.7 9,182
2001 8,158 1,194 12.8 9,352
2000 8,398 1,140 11.9 9,538
1999        
1998 8,653 983 10.2 9,636
1997 8,875 919 9.4 9,974
1996 9,440 820 8.0 10,260
1995 9,666 783 7.5 10,449
1994 10,008     10,008
1993 10,247     10,247
1992 10,375     10,375
1991 10,480     10,480
1978 11,549     11,549
1963 15,446     15,446

 

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Ordinations

Nor do the figures for ordinations for full-time stipendiary ministry show much reason for optimism. The number of men going into ministry is almost half what it was in 1991 and despite rising in the early 1990s has fallen since. This has not been compensated for by the number of women.

Men
Women
Total
2007
162
102
264
2006
128
95
223
2001
190
105
295
1994
244
72
316
1993
285
56
341
1992
273
67
340
1991
245
72
317
1964
605
605
1960
598
598
1955
455
455

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Other forms of licensed ministry

On the positive side the number of people in other licensed ministries has increased.

Readers have remained static with almost no change in numbers over the decade from 1996 to 2006. However, whilst men made up two thirds of the number in 1996 their number has fallen by almost exactly one thousand and they are now just over half of all readers.

The number of part-stipendiary, non-stipendiary and ordained local ministers is the area of growth. Since 1996 the number of men in such posts has increased by 240 whilst the number of women has increased by over 1,000 such that by 2006 there were 3,228 people in these ordained ministries.

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