Church Growth Courses
This report examines Church Growth Courses (CGCs). In particular, the aim of the present report is to
consider how effective CGCs have been over the past four years.
Ratings of CGC effectiveness are modest, being rated as ‘partially effective’ on average both in 2011 and 2013. Participation rates are at around one third of all clergy and these appear to be falling slightly. Non-diocesan provided CGCs are viewed as more effective than average diocesan provision, although the best diocesan practice is rated better than average non-diocesan provision.
Participation in CGCs for both SM and SSMs has a somewhat limited effect. There is some evidence to suggest a delayed effect for SMs of participating in CGCs on clergy engagement and spiritual growth.
The quality of CGCs was found to have a much more consistent effect on outcomes than participation. This suggests that the quality of CGCs varies and that ‘effective CGCs’ have a particularly good chance of influencing key outcomes. If CGCs are found effective then the following are likely to result:
- More positive perceptions of diocesan support and justice
- More engaged and less burnt out clergy
- Greater spiritual and numerical growth
CGCs that are seen as ineffective are likely to result in the opposite outcomes.
Many of these effects are likely to be achieved both in the short term but also over a longer-term period.