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22 February 2012

How many churches have opened or closed

How many churches have opened or closed

According to Peter Brierley in his UK Church Statistics 2005-2015 the actual number of churches increased between 2005-2010 and is expected to do so marginally between 2010 and 2015.

  • 2005 total number of churches 49,486
  • 2010 total number of churches 50,709
  • 2015 estimated number of churches 50,934

Number of churches opening and closing 2005-2010 in each denomination:

 

Angl-
ican

Bap-
tists

Indep.

Meth-
odist

New
churches

Pente-
costal

Presb-
yterian

Smaller
Denoms

Opening

+34

+84

+118

+5

+267

+668

+5

+1,460

Closing

-238

-143

-154

-337

-17

-4

-248

-43

net diff.

-204

-63

-36

-332

+250

+664

-243

+1,417