Archdeacons Articles of Enquiry 2012


undefinedOur churches last year gave more than 1 million to charities and organisations other than their own mission programmes. That was just one of the remarkable facts that emerged from the Archdeacons' Articles of Enquiry (*see footnote). The Archdeacon of Macclesfield, the Ven Ian Bishop (pictured), presented the findings to a meeting of rural deans this week.

Archdeacon Ian highlighted the figures which show the extraordinary impact that our churches have for good in the world.

He pointed out that the replies to the Articles of Enquiries make it clear that the churches are the largest single provider of children’s and youth work in the area. Three quarters of our churches are regularly working with local primary schools and a quarter working regularly with secondary schools.

“Half our churches run Christian discipleship courses at least once a year showing the continued interest in learning about Jesus,” explained the Archdeacon. The  report also showed that people develop in faith, as there are now record numbers going through Foundations for Ministry and about a quarter of churches have a candidate currently training to be either a Reader or Pastoral Worker.

Archdeacon Ian said: “Too often we forget just what an extraordinary and wonderful thing the Church is. This report shows what a powerful influence for good we are when we work together. I think the results should be trumpeted all over the diocese and perhaps we should even take a bit of pride in the achievements of the last year.”

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* The Archdeacons’ Articles of Enquiry are annual questions asked of churches in the diocese. The questions can cover any topic, and this year asked about subjects ranging from schools work to the satisfaction with the Diocesan Registry. The results were very encouraging, says Archdeacon Ian.