The results of the Scottish Church Census are in! Covering all major denominations in Scotland, it particularly focuses on the congregational numbers attending church on a Sunday morning.

Below are some highlights. We’ve colour coded them- blue for overall figures, green for good news and growth, red for challenge and decline.

For more detailed figures and comment, see http://www.brierleyconsultancy.com/scottish-church-census/


Overall Figures

570,000

The number of people regularly attending church in Scotland in 2002

11.2%

Church attendance in 2002 as percentage of Scottish population

 

390,000

The number of people regularly attending church in Scotland in 2016

7.2%

Church attendance in 2016 as percentage of Scottish population

 

3,700

The number of church congregations in Scotland 2016

105

Average congregation size of church in Scotland 2016

Good news and growth

300

The number of new churches in Scotland since 2002

12,000

The number of people attending these new churches

 

500

The number of churches in Scotland reporting significant growth in last 5 years

6,000

The number of people added to these churches

 

52,000

Children and young people in church in 2016, not born at last census in 2002

129,000

Children and young people attending midweek activities in church in Scotland

 

19,000

Increase in Pentecostal church attendance since 2002

100%

Increase in Pentecostal church attendance since 2002 as a percentage

 


Challenge and Decline

180,000

Drop in church attendance since 2002

4%

Decline in percentage of Scottish population attending church since 2002

 

400

Decline in number of church congregations in Scotland since 1984

103

Decline in average church congregation since 1984

 

46%

Percentage of church congregations reporting decline in last 5 years.

10

Equivalent number of congregations lost every month since 1984 (Based on congregation size of 103 and drop of 464,000 in church attendance since 1984)