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The Challenge of Leadership

:Religion and Churchgoing in the Twenty-First Century

Faculty of Education & Theology

17 June 2014, 11.00am - 4.30pm

Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre, De Grey Court, York St John University

PLEASE NOTE: BOOKINGS HAVE NOW CLOSED FOR THIS CONFERENCE.  For futher information please contact E: edtheoconferences@yorksj.ac.uk or T: 01904 876517.

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.

Our third leadership conference aims to examine 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. 


Keynote Speaker

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 America.


Responders to the main presentation

Ms Joanna Cox is Archbishops’ Council Officer and National Adviser in Adult Education and Lay Development.

Revd Graham Hutchinson is Pastor at York Elim Pentecostal Church. He is also chair of One Voice York.


There will be breakout groups to enable detailed discussion of the presentations followed by a panel made up of the speakers chaired by Professor Pauline Kollontai.

Programme outline »


Booking information


Cost: £30.00 per person including refreshments and lunch.

Discount for YSJ Staff/Students/Alumni

For more information contact Canon Malcolm Grundy E: m.grundy@yorksj.ac.uk

For admin queries E: edtheoconferences@yorksj.ac.uk or T: 01904 876517


Details of the 2013 conference can be found here

Details of the 2011 conference can be found here.