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Increase in ordinands under 30

28 February 2014

CHRYS TREMTHTHANMOR

Hands-on: senior clergy with an ordinand in Peterborough Cathedral, at Petertide in July, 2013 

Hands-on: senior clergy with an ordinand in Peterborough Cathedral, at Petertide in July, 2013 

THE proportion of those recommended for ordination who are under 30 increased last year, new figures from the Church of England have shown.

In 2012, 22.2 per cent of those recommended were under 30; in 2013, the figure was 22.6. The actual number was identical, however - 113 each year - and the increase is the result of a drop in the number of over-60s.

Also in 2012, 45 people aged over 60 were recommended, but just 19 last year: a fall of almost 58 per cent. There were slight increases in the age brackets 30-39 and 40-49, and the 50-59 group was flat.

In 2011, just 464 people across all age groups were recommended for ordination, and 77 people under 30 were recommended, which was 16.6 per cent of the total. The proportions in recent years of under-30s, however, are the highest seen in the C of E for decades.

A statement released with the figures said: "The Ministry Division of the Archbishops' Council is continuing to be proactive in recruiting young ordinands through providing conferences and training opportunities such as the Ministry Experience Scheme."

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