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Baptisms Matter

The Archbishops’ Council commissioned extensive

research to help find out why families choose to have

their children baptized, and why they might choose not to. It focused on baptisms of children under 12.    The research offered a basis on which new resources for churches could be developed to help them:

•    Attract more people to come to the church for baptism.
•    Build understanding of what the Church of England provides, and build understanding within the church
     about what families think about baptism in today’s culture.
•    Care so much that when do people do come, they want to come back.

Baptism is where we welcome a child into the family of God’s people, and rejoice in God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ. Ministry around baptism is also explicitly about church growth. At the beginning of every baptism service these words are said: “In baptism the Lord is adding to our number..” The research and resources aim to help churches deliver exactly that.

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From Evidence to Action

“A wonderful resource for PCCs and church leaders….helping us to
remain focused on mission and church growth”

From Evidence to Action has been developed using and building on the findings of the Church Growth Research Programme which was summarised in From Anecdote to Evidence, published in January 2014. The evidence provides an opportunity for the Church at all levels to respond and to consider what action may be needed to encourage growth.

Here you’ll find a guide to the findings and working materials based around some common factors which were found to be linked with growth. All the material on this site is designed to help those who want to reflect and act on these findings in whatever their context.

“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 28:19


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Growth Action Plan

A Growth Action Plan (GAP) is a method of helping the church to grow in your place

… in numbers  ... in discipleship  ... in evangelism ... in community engagement  ... in confidence.

And Jesus said to them...

‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.

Matthew 28:19-20a

How to start your own Growth Action Plan (pdf)

A link with the following info… “The Church Support Hub provides the latest information and practical resources to support key opportunities for ministry and mission within the Church of England’s occasional offices. This website explains how Church of England research has informed the production of new materials, now available on The Church Print Hub, enables clergy and other church staff to share ideas, thoughts and articles of interest, and provides a place to download related papers, ask questions and find answers.