Growth

What every incumbent longs for!   And every bishop!   Much time, energy and prayer have been expended at every level in the Church of England over many decades in efforts to achieve numerical growth, beginning with the ground-breaking report “Towards the Conversion of England” published at the end of the war in 1945.   The object of much of the liturgical revision of the last thirty or forty years was the same – to make the church more user friendly.   The decline in total numbers on the electoral rolls of the parishes has, however, continued, although many individual churches growing.   It is difficult, however, to identify a pattern for success in this regard.   Faithfulness in preaching the gospel must remain the prime aim of the church, and faith that God in His sovereignty will honour that faithfulness in the ways He plans.

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