From Mr Kevin Norris
Sir, - I write further to the comments of Dr David Goodhew
and the Ven. Bob Jackson (Letters,
24 October) on our recent report Stronger as One?
The report, which analysed the impact of amalgamating churches
on attendance figures, built on the initial work that has been
carried out as part of the church-growth research programme, and
has developed our understanding of a complex issue through careful
The report forms part of the follow-on work from the programme,
published as From Anecdote to Evidence, which was the
first systematic attempt to find associations between numerical
growth and decline within the Church of England.
There will be an opportunity to discover more about the work of
the programme at the "From Evidence to Action" conference on 4
December in Sheffield at the Cutlers' Hall. Places at the
conference can be booked by visiting the church-growth programme's
The website also contains copies of the research reports.
I would invite all of your readers who are interested in finding
out more about the issues raised by the research and how churches
are responding to it to come to the conference and hear more.
Senior Strategy Officer
Strategy and Development Unit
Great Smith Street
London SWIP 3AZ