27/10/2017

We call for churches to collect Mission Statistics for the annual October count

Clergy and churchwardens across our diocese have been asked to complete the Church of England Mission Statistics online as part of the national requirements to collect robust information about church attendance.

October is the time of year when the Church of England carries out its national exercise to collect attendance data and mission statistics. The data gives important information about the impact of the church across the country.

"These figures are important." explains Stuart Haynes Assistant Diocesan Secretary, "They are important to you as they give you an idea of the state of health in your church. They are important to our diocese and bishop as we try to work out how well we are doing as we seek a bigger church to make a bigger difference."

You need to complete the statistics for Easter 2017 along with attendances for October 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd. They are also looking for information on weekday October services. It will help you to complete these on a week by week basis so please start the process now. They have also added questions on social justice activity which are extremely important to our diocese.

It will be easier for you to complete as you go along and the online process enables you to save your progress and work on this bit by bit. That's the common sense way to complete your mission statistics in time for the deadline.

"Church is about more than simple data" adds Stuart "but having good data helps us make good decisions about our church. It helps you gain a real idea of what you are doing for God's church. We have given you useful information about how to complete this information. 

"Thank you. Thank you for your time in completing this vital part of the service of the church."
Completing online makes it easier to complete your form
We encourage you to submit your statistics online. It saves you time and money.  You can do this via http://parishreturns.churchofengland.org/ . If you used this last year you should be able to login with your existing username and password; you can also use your Online Service Register app username and password. If you need a username or password or have forgotten yours then contact Gordon.fath@liverpool.anglican.org
 
The online returns site at http://parishreturns.churchofengland.org/  also contains tools to help you explore how your attendance and income/expenditure have shifted over the last few years. Paper versions will be available for download from our diocesan website soon. To save us all money we are not posting information to parishes. 
 
You may wish to access the return via the new Church of England portal site at https://cofeportal.org . If you haven’t already you can register on this site by clicking “register for an account”. You will then be able to link the parish returns site to your portal area. You don’t have to do this but it will make things simpler for the future and it will enable you to access other useful resources such as our diocesan online directory.

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Completing your return – what you need to know.

  1. The best way to submit data is at http://parishreturns.churchofengland.org/
  2. If you need a username and password contact Gordon.fath@liverpool.anglican.org
  3. You need to collect attendance figures for October 1st; 8th; 15th and 22nd, as well as for Easter, Advent and Christmas.
  4. You can start submitting your figures now.
  5. We recommend you set up an account at htttps://cofeportal.org
  6. You can find this information on our website at www.liverpool.anglican.org/
While online is the best way to complete your statistics, you can use the word or .pdf forms which you can find on our website http://www.liverpool.anglican.org/statistics-for-mission.