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18 September 2014

How many churches have opened or closed

How many churches have opened or closed

According to Peter Brierley in his UK Church Statistics 2: 2010-2020 the actual number of churches increased between 2008-2013 and is expected to continue to do so  between 2013 and 2020.

  • 2008 total number of churches 49,727
  • 2013 total number of churches 50,660
  • 2020 estimated number of churches 51,275

Number of churches opening and closing 2008-2013 in each denomination:

 

Angl-
ican

Bap-
tists

Indep.

Meth-
odist

New
churches

Pente-
costal

Presb-
yterian

Smaller
Denoms

Opening

0

+1

+104

+4

+256

+640

+9

+1,937

Closing

-324

-76

-112

-813

-4

-2

-183

-38

net diff.

-324

-75

-8

-809

+252

+638

-174

+1,899