CUF Research and Policy

Growing Church Through Social Action: A National Survey Of Church-Based Action To Tackle Poverty

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There is a hypothesis that when a church looks outward - actively loving and serving its neighbours, especially the 'least of these' - then the church will be healthier and will grow.

Commissioned by CUF and conducted by Christian Research Consultancy, the aim of this research is to explore the impact that social growth has on churches, as well as on the communities they serve. This project combined face-to-face, in-depth interviews with a selection of clergy from churches that were known to be active in tackling poverty in their communities with an online survey of around 900 Church of England clergy.