Changes at the Centre for Church Growth Research

Since 2013 David Goodhew has been Director of the Centre for Church Growth Research (CCGR) as well as Director of Ministerial Practice at Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, Durham. In July David moves to Middlesbrough, where he will be taking the post of Vicar of St Barnabas Church. David will continue to be linked to the college as co-director of CCGR. As of June 2019 he will be joined by Anthony-Paul Cooper, who will take on the role of co-director of CCGR. St John’s College plan for David to become a visiting fellow of the college in due course.

CCGR co-hosts event at St Paul’s Cathedral

The  CCGR recently co-hosted an event with the St Paul’s Cathedral Institute, where David Goodhew and Ant Cooper were able to present findings from the CCGR’s recent book, The Desecularisation of the City: London’s Churches, 1980 to the Present , published by Routledge in 2018.

The event was well attended and included plenty of opportunity for group discussion and prayer, alongside the research presentations.

The event also featured a panel discussion including Bishop Sarah Mullalley, Bishop Karowei Dorgu, Dr Marion Bowman and Sarah Jackson.

The event was the last in a series of launch events for the new book, including a recent book launch at St Margaret’s, Westminster Abbey and an academic conference at King’s College, London.

Paperback copies of the book remain available on Amazon:

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Above: David Goodhew presenting findings from CCGR’s most recent book The Desecularisation of the City: London’s Churches, 1980 to the Present , published by Routledge in 2018.

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Above: The front cover of CCGR’s new book The Desecularisation of the City: London’s Churches, 1980 to the Present

New Conference Announced: The Desecularisation of the City, A Half Day Conference

Jointly with the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London, the Centre for Church Growth Research will be hosting a half-day conference at Kings College London’s Waterloo Campus on Friday 25th January 2019, 2 pm to 5 pm.

This conference explores the new study from Routledge, The Desecularisation of the City: London’s Churches, 1980 to the Present.

Speakers include: David Goodhew (Cranmer Hall, Durham University), Grace Davie (Exeter University), Eric Kaufmann, (Birkbeck College, London), John Wolffe (Open University), Daniel Dehanas (Kings College, London), Alana Harris (Kings College, London)

For more details or to book a free place at the conference, please visit the conference web page here

New book announced on London’s churches

The Centre for Church Growth Research is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of an edited volume entitled The Desecularisation of the City: London’s Churches, 1980 to the Present, to be published in hardback by Routledge during Autumn 2018.

The study was edited by David Goodhew, Director of the Centre for Church Growth Research at Cranmer Hall, St Johns College, Durham University and Anthony-Paul Cooper, Research Fellow of the Centre for Church Growth Research at
Cranmer Hall, St John’s College, Durham University.

Further details around the publication of the volume and the associated launch event will be made available in due course.

A summary of The Desecularisation of the City:

It remains a truth almost universally acknowledged that the church in the West is in decline. But not all universally acknowledged truths are true. The number of congregations in London is 50% higher now than it was in 1979. Some of London’s churches and denominations have shrunk since 1980, but most have grown. London’s Churches, produced by a diverse team of scholars, explores the vitality of congregational life in a key global city. It does so by sinking interdisciplinary ‘shafts’ into the evidential strata – the diverse localities, ethnicities and denominations that make up the church in contemporary London. The volume ranges from Nigerian Pentecostals to Russian Orthodox, from the established Church of England to denominations which only arose in recent decades. London’s Churches necessitates a significant reassessment of the dominant portrayal of Christianity in Britain and the west, which has assumed that cities are secular spaces within a secularising culture.

The draft table of contents for the forthcoming volume can be viewed here

New Book on Global Anglicanism from CCGR

The Centre for Church Growth Research is delighted to announce the publication of Growth and Decline in the Anglican Communion, 1980 to the Present, newly published by Routledge in paperback and hardback.

The Anglican Communion is one of the largest Christian denominations in the world. Growth and Decline in the Anglican Communion is the first study of its dramatic growth and decline in the years since 1980. An international team of leading researchers based across five continents provides a global overview of Anglicanism alongside twelve detailed case studies. The case studies stretch from Singapore to England, Nigeria to the USA and mostly focus on non-western Anglicanism. This book is a critical resource for students and scholars seeking an understanding the past, present and future of the Anglican Church. More broadly, the study offers insight into debates surrounding secularisation in the contemporary world. The study was edited by David Goodhew, Director of the Centre for Church Growth Research at Cranmer Hall, St Johns College, Durham University.

Reviews

‘This is a truly valuable book. In a collection of outstanding essays, the contributors seek to find firm ground for statements about growth and decline in the Anglican Communion, one of the world’s largest religious institutions. At every stage, what they find repeatedly challenges conventional assumptions, and also raises fundamental questions that demand to be applied to other global churches. This is truly eye-opening. I cannot speak too highly of this excellent volume.’

Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History, Baylor University, USA

‘This volume is a veritable goldmine. It contains a huge amount of mostly numerical information on the Anglican Communion in all its fullness. Quite rightly it eschews easy generalizations, probing instead the complex and evolving mosaic that constitutes modern Anglicanism. Almost every reader will be surprised about something. I recommend this book very warmly.’

Grace Davie, Professor emeritus of Sociology, University of Exeter, UK

The volume can be ordered here

New Research Fellow and Junior Research Fellow at CCGR

The Centre for Church Growth Research is delighted to announce the appointment of Anthony-Paul Cooper as Research Fellow and Rob Barward-Symmons as Junior Research Fellow. Anthony-Paul has been involved with the Centre since its inception. Most recently he has co-authored an article for the Journal of Contemporary Religion and collaborated with the Professor Errki Sutinen at the University of Turku in Finland. Rob Barward-Symmons co-authored the widely noted recent report ‘New Churches in the North East’ and is completing an MA in theological research at Durham University, prior to engaging in further research work. David Goodhew, director of the Centre for Church Growth Research commented: ‘I am delighted to announce these appointments. Anthony-Paul and Rob are highly gifted individuals and we look forward to working with them on future projects’.

Durham MA thesis sheds light on gender ratios in student churchgoing

A new MA thesis, supervised by CCGR staff, sheds light on student churchgoing. Chris Morgan has written a thesis entitled ‘A study into the gender ratio of student worshippers at King’s Church Durham, from 2009/10’. It analyses student churchgoing in a large new church in Durham, showing the large number of women students and how many come from arts subjects – and how the church has sought to achieve a more even gender balance. The thesis is of value for debates about gender and churchgoing and how students are connecting with faith in contemporary Britain.

The thesis is now available for download here:

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Institute of Historical Research Seminar on church growth in North East

On 2nd December at the University of London’s Institute of Historical Research there will be a seminar entitled, ‘Race, Region and Resacralisation: New Churches in the North East of England, 1980 to the Present’, led by David Goodhew of Cranmer Hall, Durham. The seminar starts at 5.15 pm and the venue is the Professor Olga Crisp Room N102, IHR, 1st floor, South block, Senate House, Russell Square – nearest tube Russell Square. For more details see: http://www.history.ac.uk/events/seminars/139

Theos Thinktank Debates Future of Church in UK with CCGR staff

On 7th December the Theos thinktank in Westminster is hosting a debate entitled ‘What does the Future hold for the UK church?’. The debate is between Professor Linda Woodhead of Lancaster University and Rev Dr David Goodhew of Cranmer Hall, St Johns College, Durham. Doors open at 6.30 pm for a 7 pm start. For more information and to book a ticket, go to: http://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/comment/2015/12/07/what-does-the-future-hold-for-the-uk-church