Ministry statistics report response

The Church of England released new Ministry Statistics giving trends in ministry over the period between 2012 and 2015.

The Revd Joss Walker, Director of Ordinands and Vocations Officer for the Diocese of Canterbury, offers her reflection on the publication of the statistics today:

“Age itself does not define quality and having a higher percentage of over 60s in ministry is not necessarily a bad thing – we feel hugely grateful for the dedication and faithful service of our older ministers. Those who are over 60s play a key role in the life of the diocese and we have found that priests in that age group bring a richness of skills, experience and wisdom that must not be undervalued.

“Of course, we need a whole spread of ages in those who serve in both lay and ordained ministry, and in fact, the picture is much more varied that the report suggests. The average age of those being ordained in the diocese this summer is 42 and at least half of those entering training in September will be under the age of 35.

“The Church is a very diverse family and we continue to work to enable people from all walks of life to hear and fulfil their calling.”

2 June 2016