Please note for the Online Parish Returns System:
- At the end of September, the system will close briefly and then re-open for input of data for 2018 returns (Finance and Statistics for Mission).
- For Statistics for Mission, Easter and Electoral Roll information may be entered now, October data may be entered throughout that month and the remainder of the information entered in January.
- Statistics for Mission returns for 2018 data are due for completion by January 31st 2019.
- Finance returns for 2018 are due for completion by May 31st 2019.
Each year the national church asks parishes to collect a range of information about the number of people coming to church through the year and at special times, about baptisms, weddings and funerals, and about the worshipping community of the church.
A huge thank you to all those parishes who have collected and submitted their Statistics for Mission returns for 2017. It really is appreciated! Do start thinking about your 2018 return - you may like to download the collection tools below to help you keep track and make the job at the end of the year easier.
Why collect statistics?
Good quality statistics can present a facts-based window on the world, as well as help predict where things might be heading for the future. They can help with forming strategy, show whether current strategies are working well and highlight where more support might be needed.
Statistics can help us see more clearly what the church and the community we serve is like and inform the planning for the mission and ministry of the church.
Statistics can also help the wider church put her resources in the right place. They can help us to share good news widely, inside and outside the church.
Good statistics are a powerful weapon in the mission and ministry armoury of local parishes, dioceses and the national church. Not for nothing do we call them Statistics for Mission!
If you are new to Statistics for Mission, you can download a helpful introduction here.
How we collect the statistics
In Derby diocese, parishes use the Church of England online Parish Returns system to submit both their Statistics for Mission and Finance data. You can find out more about this system by downloading a short briefing here.
A user guide for the parish returns system can be downloaded here.
When should the data be submitted?
Electoral Roll and Easter figures can be entered any time from around April for that year. The rest of the data input opens at the end of September, but much of the information can't be completed until the end of the year. All data must be submitted by the end of January of the following year.
If you need further help and support concerning the collection and submission of the Statistics for Mission return, please contact your deanery administrator.
Statistics Collection Tools
Experience has shown that if parishes collect data week by week through the year, it makes completing the Statistics for Mission return at the end of the year much easier and produces much more accurate results. To help you to do that, we’ve provided some statistics collection tools that you can download from the links below.
These are not extra forms that you have to fill in. If you find them helpful, then please use them, and feel free to adapt them. We don’t need you to submit them – they’re for your convenience and use only.
Attendance Calculator (Excel) - assists in collection Usual Sunday Attendance and October counts, as well as recording figures for Advent, Christmas and Easter. Click the link below for the year you require:
- Attendance Calculator for 2018 data
- Attendance Calculator for 2019 data
Pastoral Care Register (Word) - a simple sample register that can be adapted to help keep track of attendance patterns across various services. Click the link below for the year you require:
- Pastoral Care Register for 2018 data
- Pastoral Care Register for 2019 data
Worshipping Community (PDF) - A document explaining the Worshipping Community statistics; their importance for the church (both locally and more widely), alongside some tips to help collect them.
Worshipping Community List (Excel) – Assists in collecting Electoral Roll, Worshipping Community, Joiners and Leavers figures.
Fresh Expressions Choice Tree (PDF) – A simple tool to help you decide whether you should include a group as a Fresh Expression in your Statistics return.
It would be very helpful for you to let us know which tools you find useful and which ones you don’t, and of any changes you think would be helpful. To do this, please contact:
Rev. Jason Kennedy