The Challenge of Leadership
:Religion and Churchgoing in the
Faculty of Education &
Our third leadership conference examined the changing pattern of
religious observance in Britain and the challenges which this poses
to those who lead and oversee local, regional and national
churches. The conference took place on 17 June 2014 in the
Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre at York St John University.
The fortunes of organised Christianity have
radically altered in mainland Britain in the last 70 years. The
numbers attending and identifying with the churches have been
plummeting, whilst baptism and religious marriage rates have been
falling significantly. On the other hand, those identifying with
'no religion' positions have increased greatly, especially in the
last 20 years. Equally, community churches of many kinds are
flourishing and the historic denominations are adapting in
imaginative ways to new situations.
Professor Callum Brown - Professor of
Late Modern European History, University of Glasgow. He is the
author of 11 books and numerous book chapters and journal
articles, including The Death of Christian Britain;
Understanding Secularisation 1800-2000 (Routledge 2nd edition
2009) and Religion and the Demographic Revolution: Women and
Secularisation in Canada, Ireland, UK and USA since the 1960s
(Boydell 2012). He is currently completing a book on Losing
Religion based on an oral history project in Britain and North
A copy of the text can be found here.
Responders to the main presentation
Joanna Cox is Archbishops’ Council Officer and National Adviser
in Adult Education and Lay Development.
A copy of the powerpoint presentation can be found here.
Revd Graham Hutchinson is Pastor at York Elim
Pentecostal Church. He is also chair of One Voice York.
Response notes available here.
Q & A Session chaired by Professor Pauline
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Details of the 2013 conference can be found here
Details of the 2011 conference can be found here.