Tuesday, April 03, 2007

More from the survey

Nearly 1 million adults attend ethnic majority churches
This is composed of 9% black majority, 1% Asian majority and 2% Chinese or other
ethnic majority. The largest denomination groupings among ethnic majority churches
overall are Pentecostal (23%), Roman Catholic (23%) and Church of England/Anglican
(19%). Regular churchgoing is particularly high among adults of black ethnic origin at
48% - over three times the proportion among white adults (15%). (Sections 2.3, 3.4)
22% of London goes to church
Despite being a multi-cultural city with more people of other faiths (20%) than anywhere
else in the UK, Greater London also has one of the highest numbers of regular
churchgoers (22%), second only to Northern Ireland. (Section 2.3)
45% go to church in Northern Ireland
There are significantly more regular churchgoers than average in Northern Ireland (the
highest at 45%). Scotland has slightly above average regular churchgoers (18%), followed
by England (14%) and Wales marginally below average (12%). In Scotland and Wales
those with a tradition of churchgoing at some point in their life outweigh those with no
experience of church at all, whilst the reverse is true in England. (Section 2.3)
The devoted core
The following are all more likely than average to be regular churchgoers:
• Women (19% attend at least monthly)
• ABs (21%)
• Over 55 year olds (22%)
• Those of black ethnic origin (48%)

6% of UK adults, equivalent to 3.2 million people, belong to religions other than Christianity.
Just over a quarter (27%) of regular churchgoers surveyed self-identified as evangelical,
equivalent to around 2.0 million evangelicals in the UK adult population. Two thirds (66%),
or 5.0 million regular churchgoers self-identified as non-evangelical, whilst the remaining 0.6
million (7%) were unsure. Among evangelicals, conservative evangelicals are the largest
grouping, followed by charismatics then others (Figure 12 in Appendix 1).
The denominational profiles of regular churchgoers self-identifying as evangelical and nonevangelical
are considerably different. Non-evangelicals are predominantly Roman Catholic
and Church of England whilst evangelicals have a more diverse denominational mix (Figure
3d).

Regular churchgoers typically attend churches of between 51-200 members (44%),
with 25% belonging to small churches of 50 or fewer members and 23% attending large
churches with over 200 members. 2% of regular churchgoers attend ‘mega’ churches with
over 1,000 attending across all services – this proportion rises to 5% among Roman
Catholics and 9% among Pentecostals (Figure 13 in Appendix 1).

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