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8 Facts about the church in Glasgow

Posted by Alan Mcknight on March 11, 2015

Fact 1 – It is theologically diverse - We attempted to identify all of the ‘broadly evangelical churches’ within the boundary of the city of Glasgow. By ‘broadly evangelical’ we mean that the church is likely to be able to give assent to the Evangelical Alliance statement of faith. We don’t necessarily endorse all of these churches, but they do fit within the framework of ‘broadly evangelical’. We found 83 churches which included unaffiliated independent churches, FIEC, Baptist churches, evangelical churches of Scotland, various other Presbyterian groupings as well as Vineyard, New Frontiers and Apostolic networks.

Fact 2- It is tiny – In our telephone survey we identified 8,992 people attending ‘broadly evangelical churches’ on an ordinary Sunday. We haven’t yet mapped the ‘black and minority ethnic’ churches in the city so if we assume they amount to 2,000, that gives a total evangelical population of between 9,000 and 11,000 people from a city population of 597,000 people. 1.5%-1.8% of the city population and we could get everyone into the Hydro.

Fact 3 – It varies greatly in terms of congregational size – 1 in every 3 broadly evangelical churches has less than 40 people attending on the average Sunday and yet 1 in every 4 churches has over 150 people attending on an average Sunday. 7 churches are over 300 strong.

Fact 4 – It is not as old as you might think – 52% of those attending ‘broadly evangelical churches’ are under the age of 40. This is a little behind the age profile of the city as a whole and yet indicate reasonable diversity in terms of age.

Fact 5 – It is concentrated in a small number of groupings – 22.4% attend unaffiliated independent churches; 15.4% attend Church of Scotland congregations which identify as evangelical; 14.7% attend Baptist Union churches and 10.7% attend apostolic networks (mainly ‘Destiny’). This means 63.3% of those attending ‘broadly evangelical churches’ attend one of these four groupings. It also means that almost 1 in 10 of ‘broadly evangelical churches’ attend the ‘Destiny’ network.

Fact 6 – It is more evident in prosperous areas and less evident in poorer areas – 74% of postcodes in the Calton ward fall in the bottom 15% of postcodes across Scotland in terms of multiple deprivation indicators and yet there appears to be only one ‘broadly evangelical church’ in Calton. On the other hand 15% of postcodes in Partick West ward fall in the bottom 15% of postcodes across Scotland in terms of multiple deprivation indicators and there are 13 churches.

Fact 7 – It is almost non-existent in Baillieston – There are 0.31 ‘broadly evangelical churches’ for every 10,000 people in Baillieston. 11 of the Council’s 21 wards have less than 1 ‘broadly evangelical churches’ per 10,000 people.

Fact 8 – It is clear that most deprived equals least churched – East, North and South West of the city all have more than 10,000 people per ‘broadly evangelical church’ whereas the South has 6,000 per church, West has 4,000 per church and Centre has 3,000 people per church. The poor have less chance of having ready access to a ‘broadly evangelical church’ in their communities.

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