Research and statistics

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Fresh expressions in the Church of England research

The Church Army's Research Unit has conducted a major piece of research into fresh expressions of church in ten dioceses of the Church of England, as part of the Church Growth Research Programme. It is also now working on a second ten dioceses as a followup to the original research.

You can find full details of the first piece of research on our fresh expressions in the Church of England research page or you can download the report:

The individual reports from the dioceses included in the research are also published individually [Church Army's Research Unit]:

  1. Liverpool Diocese, March 2012 [PDF PDF, 611kb]
  2. Canterbury Diocese, June 2012 - updated February 2013 [PDF PDF, 1.03Mb]
  3. Leicester Diocese, October 2012 - updated March 2013 [PDF PDF, 813kb]
  4. Derby Diocese, December 2012 [PDF PDF, 991kb]
  5. Chelmsford Diocese, February 2013 [PDF PDF, 996kb]
  6. Norwich Diocese, April 2013 [PDF PDF, 1.18Mb]
  7. Ripon & Leeds Diocese, July 2013 [PDF PDF, 1.32Mb]
  8. Blackburn Diocese, October 2013 [PDF PDF, 1.20Mb]
  9. Bristol Diocese, December 2013 [PDF PDF, 1.15Mb]
  10. Portsmouth diocese, December 2013 [PDF PDF, 1.15Mb]
  11. Gloucester diocese, January 2014 [PDF PDF, 1.13Mb]
  12. Exeter diocese, July 2014 [PDF PDF, 1.23Mb]

Denominational statistics

Most denominations have only limited statistics on fresh expressions of church, as part of their overall statistics.

Church of England statistics department (including fresh expressions 2010 [PowerPoint])

Methodist statistics for mission (including limited information about fresh expressions of church)

URC statistics

The Salvation Army statistics

Office for National Statistics: 2011 Census, Religious Data

Theological research and documents

The Sheffield Centre maintains SCOLER (Sheffield Centre Online Library of Evangelism Research) which makes available free research papers on evangelism and fresh expressions of church.

You can also search for 'Fresh Expressions of Church' on Google Scholar.


  • Mission-shaped Church: church planting and fresh expressions of church in a changing context (2nd edition)
    Graham Cray, CHP, 2009 [Google Books] [Shop]
  • Mission-shaped Questions: Defining issues for today's church
    Steven Croft (ed.), CHP, 2008 [Google Books] [Shop]
  • Evaluating Fresh Expressions: explorations in emerging church
    Martyn Percy and Louise Nelstrop, Canterbury Press Norwich, 2008 [Amazon]


Essays and study papers

MA dissertations

  • An exploration of Fractal Mathematics as a route to developing a more robust theology for Fresh Expressions of Church
    Pete Brazier, 2014 [SlideShare]
  • Reconfiguring the System: A sociological and theological enquiry into the emergence of network church within the Church of England
    Revd Nicholas J Haigh, 2004 [Sheffield Centre]
  • Fresh Expressions in the urban context
    Revd Dr Eleanor Williams, 2007 [Amazon] [Lulu]
  • Litury and Identity: What does the Liturgy Make of Me? (Interpreting the Effect of The Liturgy on Personal Identity in a fresh expression of church)
    Tracy Robinson, 2009 [British & Irish Association for Practical Theology]

Other postgraduate papers

Undergraduate dissertations

Sabbatical reports