Church of England Faces Being Wiped Out, Report Warns

Tim Ross, Telegraph (London), July 8, 2011

In the last 40 years the number of adult churchgoers has fallen by half while the number of children regularly worshipping in public declined by 80 per cent, the study says.

The Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler, will present findings to the Church’s national assembly, the General Synod, in York on Saturday.

Synod members will be urged to vote for a new national drive to recruit more members.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has acknowledged that the Church must devote more energy to increasing the number of regular worshippers over the next five years.

The report, Mission Action Planning in the Church of England, states that the “sharp” fall in churchgoing since 1970 poses a significant threat.

“This decline in membership, and the accompanying rise in average age, means that fewer people are becoming disciples of Jesus Christ, and that the Church is able to have less impact and influence in the public realm, both nationally and in the transformation of local communities,” it says.

“We are faced with a stark and urgent choice: do we spend the next few years managing decline, or do we go for growth?

“In other words, do we accept the continual numerical decline of the Church of England as inevitable, or do we dare to believe a different future, that God might want his Church to grow, in holiness and in numbers?”

According to official figures, the number of worshippers attending church each week fell by 30,000 between 2007 and 2009, to 1.13 million.

Church of England officials argue that the decline partly reflects the nature of modern society, in which many kinds of membership organisation–including political parties–have lost supporters.

The House of Bishops is expected to oppose Bishop Butler’s motion calling for a “national mission action plan” to help parishes grow. His critics argue that recruitment is most effective at a local level.

The General Synod will also hear a call for an emergency debate on homosexuality. Church officials will be accused of “woeful” failure to protect the institution of marriage from erosion by the rise of civil partnerships and Coalition plans to allow same-sex couples to register their partnerships in religious settings.

A lay member of Synod, Andrea Minichiello Williams, will urge the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to calls an “emergency” debate to discuss Church’s stance on marriage reforms.

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  • ATBOTL

    I’m of the belief that the lack of religiosity among Europeans is part of the reason why nationalist politics is so much more successful there than here. In the USA, religion serves as a substitute for seeing things in racial terms among the more conservatively minded public. Instead of acknowledging the problems that non-whites bring to our society, religious types insist that the “real problem” is not enough Jesus and that race replacement is okay.

  • Blaak Obongo

    So the COE is dwindling, is it? Say, how’s the number of Mohammedans in Once-great Britain doing, Archbishop? And Africans? Or Hindus?

    Do you see a connection, Archbishop? Have you had your fill of “welcoming the stranger,” yet, Archbishop?

    Could it be that those Evil White Xenophobic Racist Haters were right after all, Archbishop? Could it be that British institutions require British people to survive, Archbishop?

    “This decline in membership, and the accompanying rise in average age, means that fewer people are becoming disciples of Jesus Christ, and that the Church is able to have less impact and influence in the public realm, both nationally and in the transformation of local communities…”

    Gosh, could that possibly be because those national and local communities are less Christian, less British and less White? Is that just possible, Archbishop?

    You got the Diversity you prayed for, old chap. Now drown in it.

  • Anonymous

    No organization deserves to disappear more than the CofE. It was infilterated by communist sleeper agents a long time ago. Its marxist anti White racist propaganda turned off the type of middle class conservative White English people who go to Church.

    Their decision to ordain women priests disgusted hundreds of thousands of regular church goers. It was not because the women were priests but the most of the newly ordained women priests were militiant marxist lesbians complete with domestic partners.

    They used their positions to impose their sex lives on the parishioners. There is a taboo about the sex lives of the clergy of any religion. We may know that the Iman has 4 wives under the age of 15. We may know that the minister’s wife is pregnant with their 5th child. But we really don’t want their sex lives shoved in our faces.

    The CofE allowed itself to be destroyed by tolerating the communist sleeper agents.

    The Catholic church has long had the same problem of communist sleeper agents. The Catholics however try to get rid of them. For instance the entire Maryknoll order of priests and nuns became marxist in S. America. The Pope expelled some and sent others to re education camp. The Paulist priests are another heavily communist group of Catholic priests. The Vatican keeps a strict eye on them and has them under control. If it becomes necessary the vatican will dissolve the order and expel them from the Church.

  • Anonymous

    When there is a militant Chistianity there will be a resurgent Christianity. Not before.

  • CanadianShield

    The repulsive and contemptible Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, should look in the mirror to find the disease responsible for the death of the Church of England.

    “Church of England officials argue that the decline partly reflects the nature of modern society, in which many kinds of membership organisation—including political parties—have lost supporters”

    Wrong. It’s the sick liberal paradigm of people like Williams that is killing the Church of England.

    In February 2008, in a speech and then on the bilious BBC, he opined that sharia law should be formally introduced into British society

    Rowan Williams has been a relentless advocate for Christianity’s displacement in Britain by his beloved Muslims. Here is just one sample of this despicable man’s views:

    “…that if we are to think intelligently about the relations between Islam and British law, we need a fair amount of ‘deconstruction’ of crude oppositions and mythologies, whether of the nature of sharia or the nature of the enlightenment.”

    This evil man wants native Englishmen to live- and die- under a totalitarian and totally alien ideology/religion whose adherents want to obliterate every vestige of Christianity in the lands they have invaded— with the assistance and blessing of this grotesque traitor.

    At every turn this odious person has encouraged non-whites to displace native Englishmen.

    To listen to him speak on the reasons for the demise of the Christian religion in England is mad.

  • Rev. Realist

    I’m ordained in 2 different denominations, and I see church numbers declining because the churches have become largely irrelevant to the people of today. Who wants to get dressed up (or not), go to a church, sit in a pew for an hour pretending to be holy, and then go home and kick the dog? What for? If churches cannot offer a tried and proven method which, if followed exactly, gives the devotee a direct experience of God — then why bother going? I think people are saying, “If you can’t give me a real spiritual experience, then I’m off to the ball game.” And I think that is legitimate. People aren’t willing to be judged or told what to do today. The churches are going to have to dump or get off the pot. And yes I DO know of one denomination that can offer a proven method to oneness with God – it DOES exist.

  • Kingoldby

    I’m not longer a part of the Church of England because it is no longer a real Church.

    It doesn’t preach the gospel, it acts like it is embarrassed of Christianity, it is obsessed with leftwing cliches about ‘social exclusion’ and anti-capitalism. The head of the Church of England has openlu called for Sharia Law to be recognised in England.

    A Church that praises Islam, belittles its own faith and is obsessed with leftwing tropes is going to find it hard to attract members, although it will receive warm words from secular leftists as it declines.

    In related news, evangelical Churches are growing rapidly, proving that the decline of the Church of England is NOT because England is becoming more secular, it is because the Church of England is failing itself.

  • Anonymous

    “The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has acknowledged that the Church must devote more energy to increasing the number of regular worshippers over the next five years.”

    Good. And let that five-year-plan begin with the resignation of Rowan Williams — and his replacement with someone who doesn’t hate England or its national religion.

    Otherwise, the C of E will disappear down the dustpipe forever, never to return.

  • Seek

    How has Archbishop Rowan Williams kept his job? The answer: The inaction by the reigning monarch, who by law, nominally leads the Church of England. That would be Elizabeth II. Why has Her Majesty the Queen not removed him? Why, indeed, is the entire Monarchy silent on this matter?

  • CDE

    While I agree with several of the previous posters, I would like to add that another major factor in the decline of church attendance is welfare. If you look in the article, church attendance has declined over the last 40 or so years, concurrently with the rise of the welfare state. People began to look more and more to the government to be be taken care of and solve all their problems and less to their communities, churches, themselves, and God. This is exactly what the pseudo-marxist elites wanted: Total control over the people and their lives. Now, with the austerity measures being taken, you see the riots and mob mentality that results. Big Brother has replaced God and I’m afraid it will only get much, much worse.

  • An a mouse

    When you have people like Pat Robertson, PTL club, calling for the assassination of a political leader (Hugo Chavez) and the President W going to church with his bible caressed under his arm,then goes home,to the White House, and orders the bombing of countries that have not attacked the US.”They tried to kill my daddy!” What is one to believe about the adherents of todays religion. And, not a peep from any of the clergy when the B-52’s are being gassed up to drop DU on innocent folks. The faster they fail the better, because what they are teaching is not spiritual.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think people need “spiritual” experiences so much as good traditional and adult catechism that connects this and the next life with natural law as a frame work in which to relate every day life with moral decision making.

    Then maybe we won’t hear an archbishop of the Catholic church tell Morley Safer how wonderful the pervert life style is but it’s just not what the church is pushing.

    I wonder if this will be posted?

  • Istvan

    I have been to my brother’s Episcopal Church(CoE in America) and one of the deacons is a young woman with lesbian ear rings. Made me uncomfortable, and not because I am anti-gay, but because it seemed to be an inappropriate political statement.

    As for church in general I lost interest when they went all lovey-dovely 30 years ago with hand shaking and hugging and guitars and what have you. I prefer a sermon where I feel really bad when I leave the building because I know the sermon was not just about sin but about me, at least potentially me. I want to be told how we are led into temptation, how to avoid it and what happens if I do not. I also prefer bible lessons that have not been modernized and neutered.

    I don’t start me on shorts and flip-flops in church. Where is the respect?

  • Anonymous

    The good news is that Druidism is being officially recognized in Britain as a legitimate, indigenous religion, offering Britons an opportunity to belong to an exclusively white faith shared by their ancestors.

    Christianity cannot be revived for whites because it’s officially a multi-racial religion. It is inherently opposed to white nationalism.

    Let the browns and blacks have Christianity. For whites to survive, whites must divorce from Christianity, and return to their pre-Christian spiritualities.

  • fred

    I’m not particularly religious. I have my own beliefs. And one of them is that a religion that craps on its own people ought to go extinct. Rowan has been crapping on the native British for as long as I can remember. He’s openly advocated their dispossession by alien invaders. Why the heck would they sit in his pews? He should be ousted and replaced by a decent human being who cares about his parishioners.

  • Anonymous

    Until the Church actively fights against the spread of Islam, perhaps they have no real right to exist in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    I have always thought that it was no coindence that Church attendance fell with the rise of the feminazis and the necessity of married woman going to work because wages began falling in relation to the cost of living and have never recovered.

    Married women who didn’t work were in charge of the family’s social life which included Church. These women participated in all sorts of social activities from board of directors of the country club to political work to poverty stricken southerners and immigrants active in their Church.

    Then most of the married women went to work. They ran around all day saturday doing a week’s work of housework and shopping.

    Sunday became a day for both husband and wife to sleep late and rest up for the next week of work, commuting and throwing dinner together in 30 minutes.

    Working women with children get off work hopefully at 5/pm. drive in heavy traffic for an hour, maybe stop off to do errands, get home at 6/pm, throw dinner together, do the dishes, supervise the endless homework put the kids to bed, deal with teenagers and have maybe 15 minutes to themselves before they collapse in bed at 11pm.

    Speaking of homework all those endless projects and research assignments all depend on hours of parents work. The teachers unions and feminazi education departments think all women with children should work full time to fulfill their destiny.

    But they keep assigning those long projects that Mothers end up doing.

    It starts again the next day. Sunday is the only day people can sleep in to get the strength to work another week.

    When most married women did not work Church was a chance to get all dressed up, show off the children and socialize with friends.

    So they went every Sunday.

    The average working Mother prefers to spend Sunday morning in bed getting much needed rest.

    Catholics were totally turned off when the glorious Tridentine Latin mass changed to those horrible hippie hootnany events.

    Been to a Catholic service? Inept guitar players, people who can’t sing trying to sing solos, no choir, just the congregation trying to sing a song they have never heard of.

    It is embarassing, like going to a friends dance performance and seeing them fall flat on their faces.

  • white advocate – Canada

    I recall numbers showing many C of E priests being atheists. Talk a little about that in your article. The statements of these priests are so wishy-washy. Now we know why. If you want some fervor in your faith, you have to tie it to history and your people. You won’t get trapped trying to be all things to all people all the time. How can you possibly be successful in a world so full of winners and losers? It’s so obvious, there should be a Euro-Christian religion. Tie us to our history and people. Christendom. Remember that?

  • Anonymous

    “Church of England Faces Being Wiped Out…”

    Couldn’t happen soon enough.

  • Browser

    Synod members will be urged to vote for a new national drive to recruit more members. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has acknowledged that the Church must devote more energy to increasing the number of regular worshippers over the next five years.

    Oh, I have the answer for that one! No problem. That one’s easy.

    Africa is chock full of heathen souls just waiting to be saved and who would love to come to England. All you have to do is import some millions more of them, and the problem of church numbers will be solved. The Church of England will be restored (although I’m not sure you could still call it Church of ENGLAND anymore).

    See? I told you it was easy.

  • Anonymous

    The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams is the epitome of this:

    “A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.”

  • Anonymous

    Christianity used to be called a White man’s religion. Europe used to be mostly White people. See a connection? Christianity has been watered down to “accomodate” the world view. It is all inclusive now. I guess it can be called PC. All we see now is Christians flooding our lands with nonwhtes, different religions, promoting integration, missionaries “converting” those in Africa, adoptions of nonwhite babies, interracial marriages performed by “Christian” pastors, etc.

    I don’t go to any of the mainstream churches since they don’t seem to want to go with that “ole time religion” that I hold dear.

    I listen and read literature from a certain “denomination” that fills my spiritual needs and is biblically SOUND. A far cry from the dogma of today’s Church.

  • Bernie

    “…and that the Church is able to have less impact and influence in the public realm, both nationally and in the transformation of local communities,” it says.”

    Good. This church is as anti-white as they come. The less influence they have the better.

  • Allan

    The Episcopal Church in the US, and the Church of England have been committing suicide for the past fifty years by trying to make the BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER meaningful by removing all meaning from it.

  • Fr. John

    Anonymous 9:48 is incorrect:

    “Christianity cannot be revived for whites because it’s officially a multi-racial religion. It is inherently opposed to white nationalism.”

    What PASSES For “Xtianity” is officially ‘multiculti,’ but as Andrew Fraser has written in his seminal book, ‘The WASP Question,’ only a virile, manly renewal of the Christian Religion, as it was practiced in pre-schism England, tied to the Folk Consciousness of the Nation, at One with her People, and willing to rout sinners as well as heretics, is the ONLY hope for Christianity in England.

    As C.S. Lewis wrote in his “space trilogy,” King Arthur (of Camelot fame) will return, when England is most in need of her.

    I think we need to start praying for THAT kind of leader of the Ecclesia Anglicanae, once more.

  • Anonymous

    I am not sure about statistics, but I would guess that US blacks and hispanics are more religious than whites…even the hardened criminals praise Jesus, their mothers, etc, and how the crime wasn’t their fault. To be fair, Irish and Italian mafia are well-known for their large contributions to the church. Religion does not prevent crime.

  • Anonymous

    4 — Anonymous wrote at 7:49 PM on August 24:

    “When there is a militant Chistianity there will be a resurgent Christianity. Not before.”

    > Which is why I am glad that it won’t. A militant Christianity is a medieval concept that cannot be supported by a real knowledge of Christianity. Support for violent aggression just isn’t endorsed in any way at all. So if Christianity DID become militant, it would be via the medieval model, which killed more white Europeans than anyone else. Once that mindset is on, competition for control ensues and heads will roll. A vote for a militant Christianity is a vote for white civil wars. I think most whites, even race realists are beyond such foolishness.

    16 — Anonymous wrote at 9:54 PM on August 24:

    “Until the Church actively fights against the spread of Islam, perhaps they have no real right to exist in the first place.”

    > Similarly, we don’t need to bolster one superstitious pretense to fight another one. Get rid of Islam, not by reinvigorating our own past violent ignorance, because it will turn on itself, having learned assertion through violence. The way to beat both of them is with Reason, which is the real Western Tradition, and what allowed the West to advance beyond the bloody medieval epoch. But you are confused about rights. A church or any organization has a right to exist. It is not for anyone else to deny them such a right, if you believe in a free society. That’s why it is okay with me for Christianity to exist. I know most people need their fantasies, and Western Civilization rather defanged Christianity in modern times. If it got its fangs back, I think it would be just as terrible as Islam is today.

    Anyway, I don’t think too many Christians would join in. Now that the vast majority of whites can read, they won’t be taken in by such blatant misrepresentations of what is actually in the New Testament. Its contradictions cancel it out entirely.

  • Anonymous

    I joined an Episcopal Church in California because I am Christian and socially liberal. The congregation was not the den of snakes that you imagine. It was mostly elderly and white. I would say they were half democrat, half republican. There was a small handful of well-behaved minorities and gays…actually much less than the Roman Catholic parish I used to attend in the East. The Episcopal priest and upper clergy openly criticized what Isreal was doing to the Palestinians. I respected that. The church was also enacting a boycott against Isreal. Due to pressure, they withdrew their boycott and stated “we have chosen a program to promote understanding, instead”. I thought, how weak and useless. Their gay tolerance doesn’t affect me either way. The archdiocese in Virginia broke away from the church over the issue. The African archdioceses broke away as well. The Africans were hateful and indignant over gay tolerance. The white liberals back in the UK and the US were perplexed. Yes, rednecks hate gays, that’s no surprise. African blacks hate gays?? How can this be?? We give them victim status and they openly hate another victim group? I don’t take sides over this, but I suggested, “If you want them to adopt your policy, threaten to take away their handouts”. The church people looked at me in horror (but some later agreed). I also suggested that they keep the homeless people from freely walking around church property. I knew that they stole, and I was worried that they might molest the children in the restrooms. I suggested, “Help them if you must, but keep them away from our children”. Again, I was met with an angry response…how dare I crack down on these poor people? That would be un-christian! The small group minorities did not say much, and they didn’t seem to bother anyone. The white liberals were insane. The last time I attended mass there, an older white man was giving Obama pins to children. That was it, I couldn’t take it anymore. I haven’t been back since.

  • Anonymous

    26 — Anonymous wrote at 3:37 PM on August 25:

    I am not sure about statistics, but I would guess that US blacks and hispanics are more religious than whites…even the hardened criminals praise Jesus, their mothers, etc, and how the crime wasn’t their fault. To be fair, Irish and Italian mafia are well-known for their large contributions to the church. Religion does not prevent crime.

    —————————————–

    Really?

    And of course you think they are all truly “Christians”, right? You can tell by their ACTIONS, not their words! Much like politicians.

    Tell me, just exactly what kind of “christianity” do these thugs practice?

  • steven clark

    Not really C of E, but I began Baptist, turned Methodist, then dropped away from religion for many years, and returned in Boston going to King’s Chapel, which has an abbreviated anglican service. (not as long: whew!) I also liked the minister. He had very thoughtful sermons.

    When I moved to Missouri, I went to the Episcopal church, and liked parts of it, but found it very liberal, although it’s more an establishment, upper class church. Small but powerful. One of the ministers was a woman and every sermon she gave was was on feminism. I used to like the Good Friday service and Stations of the Cross, then they changed it. Instead of the Savior, you were to pick up nails under a photo of Martin Luther King. I never went back to another Stations. Ever.Probably my breaking was the ordaining of homosexuals. I think I didn’t leave the church; it left me.

    At one service a girl wore shorts. I told her she should dress properly, that she was shaming herself. She must have thought me mad.

    I moved to St. Louis and although I don’t go to church anymore (work in Sundays), an Episcopal church I go to is more traditional, with little politics and collars and ties at service. Although it’s hard to ‘Pray for those in power.’ I can’t pray for the last four men as President. It’s treason to support them.

    The Cof E seems determined to kill itself. They have no backbone, and actually, people like Orwell said the English aren’t really religious at heart; it was always the Church of ENGLAND. When I read that if a church in England advertises a Christmas service on the street it can be fined, and the C of E endorses Sharia law, then it’s all a form of mental suicide.

    Maybe England needs another Oliver Cromwell. Like he said to Parliament with soldiers behind him:

    ‘Be gone, you rogues: you have sate long enough!

    I honestly think a spiritual white person is on his own. His churches have abandoned him.

  • Anonymous

    “And of course you think they are all truly “Christians”, right? You can tell by their ACTIONS, not their words! Much like politicians.

    Tell me, just exactly what kind of “christianity” do these thugs practice?”

    Yes, that was my point. And in the prison chapels, many gang members attend the services, only to communicate drug transactions and planned violent attacks.

  • Anonymous

    Istevan, the guitar playing would not be so bad if they could play the guitars, but they can’t. Every Catholic church guitar player I have ever heard is about the level of a 13 year old his or her first month of guitar lessons.

    And those old hippie 1960’s songs!! This is 2011, not 1965.

  • Anonymous

    Martin Malachi is a Catholic priest who worked in the Vatican for years. He claimed that there are many underground factions in the church, including satanists and communists.

    The Catholics have managed to keep their subversives under control.

    Could be that communists in the CofE managed to take over a long time ago. One goal of communism was to destroy religion. The bishops of the CofE have been doing that since the end of World

    War 2.