English Church Census, 1989

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All frequencies are raw numbers (no weights used).
1) Address reference identifier (ADD_REF)
2) Area regional code (see online PDF document) (AREAREG)
3) Church denomination code (see online PDF document) (CHDENOM)
4) Unique reference number (REFNUM)
5) Acquisition source code (ACQN)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL26341802.541119
6) Number of ordained ministers (MNSTRS)
TOTAL%
0) 1210046.7
1) 422916.3
2) 314512.1
3) 24709.5
4) 13675.3
5) 8783.4
6) 5602.2
7) 3671.4
8) 2931.1
9) 1550.6
10) 1990.8
11) 650.3
12) 290.1
13) 240.1
14) 30.0
15) 30.0
16) 10.0
19) 20.0
20) 60.0
23) 10.0
25) 20.0
26) 20.0
27) 20.0
29) 10.0
30) 60.0
31) 30.0
33) 20.0
35) 10.0
36) 20.0
40) 10.0
48) 10.0
50) 30.0
52) 10.0
58) 10.0
70) 10.0
80) 10.0
87) 10.0
Missing496 
TOTAL25928100.0
7) Please indicate the number of members belonging to your church/congregation on each of these dates: 15 October 1989 [current] (MEM_C)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL24866154.988407
8) Please indicate the number of members belonging to your Church/Congregation on each of these dates: Mid-October 1985 (MEM_P)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL21734152.31404
9) Please indicate the total attendance at this church on 15 October 1989. If there was no service in this church on 15 October 1989, please give instead the figures for the most recent Sunday on which the congregation met for worship. Where more than one service is held, please add the total attendances at each service together: Total number of adults (aged 15 and above) attending at all morning services (ATT_AM_C)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL2353977.379148
10) Please indicate the total attendance at this church on an average Sunday in October 1985. Where more than one service is held, please add the total attendances at each service together: Total number of adults (aged 15 and above) attending at all morning services (ATT_AM_P)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1891271.932146
11) Please indicate the total attendance at this church on 15 October 1989. If there was no service in this church on 15 October 1989, please give instead the figures for the most recent Sunday on which the congregation met for worship. Where more than one service is held, please add the total attendances at each service together: Total number of adults (aged 15 and above) attending at all afternoon or evening services (ATT_PM_C)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1734442.2679
12) Please indicate the total attendance at this church on an average Sunday in October 1985. Where more than one service is held, please add the total attendances at each service together: Total number of adults (aged 15 and above) attending at all afternoon and evening services (ATT_PM_P)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1414436.72173
13) Please indicate the total attendance at this church on 15 October 1989. If there was no service in this church on 15 October 1989, please give instead the figures for the most recent Sunday on which the congregation met for worship. Estimated number of adults attending more than one service (ATT_MU_C)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1561317.10735
14) Please indicate the total attendance at this church on an average Sunday in October 1985. Where more than one service is held, please add the total attendances at each service together: Estimated number of adults attending more than one service (ATT_MU_P)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1128616.46126
15) Please indicate the total attendance at this church on 15 October 1989. If there was no service in this church on 15 October 1989, please give instead the figures for the most recent Sunday on which the congregation met for worship. Total number of children present in services BUT NOT attending Sunday School, Bible Class, etc (ATT_CH_C)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL2159111.52446
16) Please indicate the total attendance at this church on an average Sunday in October 1985. Where more than one service is held, please add the total attendances at each service together: Total number of children present in services BUT NOT attending Sunday School, Bible Class, etc (ATT_CH_P)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL146539.58451
17) Please indicate the total attendance at this church on 15 October 1989. If there was no service in this church on 15 October 1989, please give instead the figures for the most recent Sunday on which the congregation met for worship. Total number of children (aged 14 and under) attending Sunday School, Bible Class, etc (ATT_SS_C)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1688920.90324
18) Please indicate the total attendance at this church on an average Sunday in October 1985. Where more than one service is held, please add the total attendances at each service together: Total number of children (aged 14 and under) attending Sunday School, Bible Class, etc (ATT_SS_P)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1267922.34725
19) We appreciate that it is difficult, but it would be a great help if you could please estimate the approximate numbers, by sex and age group, of those attending this church, on Sunday, 15 October 1989 (or, if your church had no service on that day, the previous Sunday on which services were held): Male children aged 14 and under (M_ATT_CH)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL234828.85119
20) We appreciate that it is difficult, but it would be a great help if you could please estimate the approximate numbers, by sex and age group, of those attending this church, on Sunday, 15 October 1989 (or, if your church had no service on that day, the previous Sunday on which services were held): Female children aged 14 and under (F_ATT_CH)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL2351010.61918
21) We appreciate that it is difficult, but it would be a great help if you could please estimate the approximate numbers, by sex and age group, of those attending this church, on Sunday, 15 October 1989 (or, if your church had no service on that day, the previous Sunday on which services were held): Male teenagers aged 15-19 (M_ATT_T)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL221543.42616
22) We appreciate that it is difficult, but it would be a great help if you could please estimate the approximate numbers, by sex and age group, of those attending this church, on Sunday, 15 October 1989 (or, if your church had no service on that day, the previous Sunday on which services were held): Female teenagers aged 15-19 (F_ATT_T)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL222723.9812
23) We appreciate that it is difficult, but it would be a great help if you could please estimate the approximate numbers, by sex and age group, of those attending this church, on Sunday, 15 October 1989 (or, if your church had no service on that day, the previous Sunday on which services were held): Male young adults 20-29 (M_ATT_YA)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL222534.36311
24) We appreciate that it is difficult, but it would be a great help if you could please estimate the approximate numbers, by sex and age group, of those attending this church, on Sunday, 15 October 1989 (or, if your church had no service on that day, the previous Sunday on which services were held): Female young adults 20-29 (F_ATT_YA)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL223675.69515
25) We appreciate that it is difficult, but it would be a great help if you could please estimate the approximate numbers, by sex and age group, of those attending this church, on Sunday, 15 October 1989 (or, if your church had no service on that day, the previous Sunday on which services were held): Male adults 30-44 (M_ATT_30)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL226687.35916
26) We appreciate that it is difficult, but it would be a great help if you could please estimate the approximate numbers, by sex and age group, of those attending this church, on Sunday, 15 October 1989 (or, if your church had no service on that day, the previous Sunday on which services were held): Female adults 30-44 (F_ATT_30)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL2279210.35921
27) We appreciate that it is difficult, but it would be a great help if you could please estimate the approximate numbers, by sex and age group, of those attending this church, on Sunday, 15 October 1989 (or, if your church had no service on that day, the previous Sunday on which services were held): Male adults 45-64 (M_ATT_45)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL230249.29324
28) We appreciate that it is difficult, but it would be a great help if you could please estimate the approximate numbers, by sex and age group, of those attending this church, on Sunday, 15 October 1989 (or, if your church had no service on that day, the previous Sunday on which services were held): Female adults 45-64 (F_ATT_45)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL2305513.88125
29) We appreciate that it is difficult, but it would be a great help if you could please estimate the approximate numbers, by sex and age group, of those attending this church, on Sunday, 15 October 1989 (or, if your church had no service on that day, the previous Sunday on which services were held): Male older people aged 65 and over (M_ATT_65)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL229517.3914
30) We appreciate that it is difficult, but it would be a great help if you could please estimate the approximate numbers, by sex and age group, of those attending this church, on Sunday, 15 October 1989 (or, if your church had no service on that day, the previous Sunday on which services were held): Female older people aged 65 and over (F_ATT_65)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL2305413.9319
31) Which of these terms, or which combination of them, would best describe your congregation? Please tick no more than three (choice 1, see online summary) (CHMS_T1)
TOTAL%
1) Anglo Catholic17297.3
2) Liberal328813.8
3) Catholic352014.8
4) Evangelical836435.2
5) Broad479320.2
6) Charismatic3631.5
7) Low church11765.0
8) Orthodox3561.5
9) Radical290.1
10) Others1290.5
Missing2677 
TOTAL23747100.0
32) Which of these terms, or which combination of them, would best describe your congregation? Please tick no more than three (choice 2, see online summary) (CHMS_T2)
TOTAL%
1) Anglo Catholic40.0
2) Liberal3212.9
3) Catholic10729.7
4) Evangelical114310.3
5) Broad346631.4
6) Charismatic210819.1
7) Low church185916.8
8) Orthodox8027.3
9) Radical1811.6
10) Others940.9
Missing15374 
TOTAL11050100.0
33) Which of these terms, or which combination of them, would best describe your congregation? Please tick no more than three (choice 3, see online summary) (CHMS_T3)
TOTAL%
1) Anglo Catholic20.1
2) Liberal10.0
3) Catholic331.0
4) Evangelical1133.5
5) Broad83026.1
6) Charismatic40412.7
7) Low church87527.5
8) Orthodox48315.2
9) Radical36511.5
10) Others792.5
Missing23239 
TOTAL3185100.0
34) Please indicate which of these terms would best describe the community in which the majority of your congregation live. Please tick only one box. (SETTING)
TOTAL%
1) City centre4541.8
2) Inner city16016.5
3) Council estate14806.0
4) Suburban/urban fringe558922.7
5) Separate town294812.0
6) Other built up area10514.3
7) Rural commuter/dormitory area406516.5
8) Rural other areas742830.2
Missing1808 
TOTAL24616100.0
35) In what year was your church/congregation founded? (see online summary) (YR_FND)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL228101693.359353
36) Which of the following types of third world community aid do you think your church would most wish to support? Please tick those one or two items which would most closely represent your congregation's preferences (choice 1, see online summary) (C_AID_1)
TOTAL%
1) Types of activity, such as water supply, irrigation, medical projects, etc988342.0
2) Specific geographical areas, such as particular countries or districts in which you take a special interest294512.5
3) Aid to named communities, such as particular villages or tribal groups14156.0
4) Aid to named individuals, such as sponsored children20228.6
5) Aid to be administered through local churches overseas406017.3
6) Evangelism and other missionary work253210.8
7) Other (please specify)1520.6
8) We prefer not to give support to this type of work5252.2
Missing2890 
TOTAL23534100.0
37) Which of the following types of third world community aid do you think your church would most wish to support? Please tick those one or two items which would most closely represent your congregation's preferences (choice 2, see online summary) (C_AID_2)
TOTAL%
1) Types of activity, such as water supply, irrigation, medical projects, etc30.0
2) Specific geographical areas, such as particular countries or districts in which you take a special interest15469.5
3) Aid to named communities, such as particular villages or tribal groups12307.5
4) Aid to named individuals, such as sponsored children183111.2
5) Aid to be administered through local churches overseas431926.4
6) Evangelism and other missionary work728744.5
7) Other (please specify)1170.7
8) We prefer not to give support to this type of work260.2
Missing10065 
TOTAL16359100.0
38) Which of the following types of third world community aid do you think your church would most wish to support? Please tick those one or two items which would most closely represent your congregation's preferences (choice 3, see online summary) (C_AID_3)
TOTAL%
1) Types of activity, such as water supply, irrigation, medical projects, etc10.0
2) Specific geographical areas, such as particular countries or districts in which you take a special interest10.0
3) Aid to named communities, such as particular villages or tribal groups1423.7
4) Aid to named individuals, such as sponsored children2055.3
5) Aid to be administered through local churches overseas57414.8
6) Evangelism and other missionary work291575.3
7) Other (please specify)290.7
8) We prefer not to give support to this type of work30.1
Missing22554 
TOTAL3870100.0
39) Estimated total previous weekly adult attendance, October 1985 (P_ATT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL2083180.662166
40) Estimated total current adult attendance, 15 October 1989 (C_ATT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL2586388.721163
41) Church growth characteristic, 1985 to 1989 (GROWTH)
TOTAL%
1) Declining7422.8
2) Growing24759.4
3) Not determinable1676563.4
4) Static644124.4
Missing1 
TOTAL26423100.0
42) Is the responding minister responsible for other congregations as well? (MINCHS)
TOTAL%
0) No1039742.3
1) Yes1416757.7
Missing1860 
TOTAL24564100.0
43) I-ATTEND: Estimated total current adult attendance, 15 October 1989 (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-ATTEND)
TOTAL%
1) 0-25861633.3
2) 26-50543721.0
3) 51-100561521.7
4) 101-200380514.7
5) 201-50018387.1
6) 501+5522.1
Missing561 
TOTAL25863100.0
44) I-SIZPLACE: Please indicate which of these terms would best describe the community in which the majority of your congregation live. Please tick only one box. (Recoded for use with online analysis) (I-SIZPLACE)
TOTAL%
1) City centre/inner city20558.3
2) Council estate14806.0
3) Suburban/urban fringe558922.7
4) Separate town294812.0
5) Other built up area10514.3
6) Rural1149346.7
Missing1808 
TOTAL24616100.0