Parish Dashboards have been produced by the Church of England Research and Statistics Unit to provide a useful source of information and be a clear picture of the reported patterns of activity in parishes and links to relevant government information at parish level. It does not reflect everything a church does, but it is hoped that by displaying information clearly and consistently the information can inform the decisions that churches make about their mission and ministry.
Parish spotlights are individual documents, one for each Church of England parish, which show a summary of the 2011 Census data from the population in that parish. They have been produced by the Research and Statistics Division of the Archbishop’s Council.
Each document offers a wealth of demographic information and includes details such as Christian affiliation, population age and ethnicity profiles, household structures, deprivation, employment, schools and qualifications, alongside church statistics such as attendance and giving.
Should you wish to get hold of a copy of your 2011 Parish Spotlight, please speak to your Deanery and Parish Development Adviser or Deanery Accompanier. (This is the most recent Parish Spotlight - we will update this page when a new one becomes available.)
How to use your parish spotlight
The spotlight is a starting point for prayer, discussion and action, particularly if you are thinking about parish mission planning. It will help you create a picture of where you are now and what your community is like.
Questions are included on each page to help you consider the information and what this might mean for your church. There are also some bigger questions about what to do next at the end of each spotlight.
Information and queries
At the end of the spotlight there is information about where this data comes from and how it was calculated. If you have any further queries, please email the Church of England Research and Statistics team.
Who to contact
Julia Hill, Head of Deanery and Parish Support