Church of England spending millions to attract more young people

May 22, 2024 by

from Christian Today:

The Church of England is spending millions of pounds on mission and evangelism projects in a bid to get more children and young people through parish doors.

The Strategic Mission and Ministry Investment Board (SMMIB) awarded £60m to Church of England projects and parishes last year, and an extra £29m to support lowest income communities around England.

Much of this money was focused on increasing diversity and doubling the number of children and young people, the latter dubbed the “priority of priorities”.

Successful projects include ‘church after school’, community meals, baby hubs, mountain pilgrimages, mentoring and discipleship programmes.

The Church of England has been strategically funding mission and outreach projects since 2014 in a bid to halt the decline in attendance.

It said that the “vast majority” of projects funded over the past 10 years of strategic funding are “proving effective”.

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