Monday, October 03, 2016

Growing Unitarian Congregations 2010-2015

In this blog I have repeatedly called attention to shrinking Unitarian numbers. However it is worth realising that not all Unitarian congregations are in decline. The picture is of course more complicated than that. Some decline, some stay static, some grow.

Membership numbers have now been reported in the Annual Report for enough years that it is meaningful to look at growth across this time. 

If we look at the five years 2010-2015 we can see that in fact 32 Unitarian congregations grew in this period, though many of them by only one or two and so really within the margin of error for these kinds of numbers. Nevertheless some grew more substantially. 

So the most growing Unitarian congregations 2010-2015 were:

Congregation
2010
2015
Change
Norwich
37
55
18
Hollywood
48
65
17
Golders Green
41
54
14
New Unity
70
83
13
Bangor*
0
10
10
Belper
4
13
9
Brighton
38
45
7
Doncaster
16
23
7
Leicester
26
33
7
Mansfield
50
57
7
Portsmouth
47
53
6
Sevenoaks
20
26
6
Wirral
20
26
6
Denton
5
10
5
Oxford
37
42
5
*Bangor is a new congregation and wasn't registered in 2010

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