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Leading Together in Growing Methodist Churches in the North East of England

A research project of the Department of Sociology.

This research project is exploring how different forms of leadership work together within those Methodist Churches that are growing in the North East of England.

The research has started with a statistical analysis of Methodist Church annual returns from churches within the Darlington and Newcastle-upon-Tyne Districts of the Methodist Church to identify growing churches. This is being followed by a qualitative analysis of five case study churches (including participant observation and interviews in the selected churches) to consider the factors that are contributing to their growth, and the role of different types of leadership within this. A free day conference bringing together academics, church leaders, training institutions and others involved in local churches will take place on 26th April 2016 to discuss the findings further, and will be followed by a wider conference on research in the Methodist Church on 27th April.

This pilot research project is being funded by the Methodist Church in Britain, as part of its national Learning Network activities, and is also linked with the continuing research work of the Wesley Study Centre at St John’s College. Those interested in these issues may also be interested to explore the work of the Centre for Church Growth Research at St John’s College.

The project is led by Dr Andrew Orton with Peter Hart, and is being conducted between 2015 and 2016. To find out more, please contact Andrew.

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