About From Evidence to Action
The focus of the Church Growth Research Programme (2011 - 2013) was to look into the factors which are influencing church growth in the Church of England - to identify areas of ministry which are growing numerically and to find out why. This is the first time that such a wide ranging and systematic study of factors relating to church growth has been undertaken within the Church of England.
'Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.' Matthew 28 v 19
'As Christians we believe that the best decision anyone can make is to decide to follow Jesus Christ. It must then be of primary importance to us that so many people live their lives unaware of Jesus' invitation to follow him. How we as a Church help people hear, experience and respond to the call of Jesus is the most urgent of our priorities. These findings and conclusions are offered to stimulate the church of Jesus Christ to make new disciples and to grow.'
'If the Church is to grow spiritually and numerically, good research is necessary but not sufficient. The moment comes in the mission of each local Christian community when decisions need to be made and priorities set. This toolkit is skilfully designed to resource that moment. If you use it in a context of faithful prayer and hopeful listening - to one another and to the wider community in which we are set - then it will bear real fruit. I commend it to you most warmly.'
'I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.' 1 Corinthians 3:6