The Cathedral alongside Parish Churches: Comparing Congregations

  • David W. Lankshear
  • Leslie J. Francis
  • Michael Ipgrave


This chapter examines the demographic profile and the personal, social, and religious attitudes of the congregation of Southwark Cathedral (in south London) within the context of a broader congregational study conducted within the Woolwich Episcopal Area. On Sunday, March 8, 2009, 105 of the 111 parish churches within the Woolwich Episcopal Area invited their congregations to complete the Signs of Growth survey, and 6,042 adults aged 20 or over submitted completed questionnaires. On that same day Southwark Cathedral (located within the Woolwich Episcopal Area) invited its Sunday morning congregations to complete the same survey, and 263 adults aged 20 or over submitted completed questionnaires. These data bring into clear visibility ways in which the cathedral congregation is different from the congregation in the neighboring parish churches and ways in which there are no differences between the two constituencies. Overall, the cathedral congregation is seen to be different in six main ways: in terms of demographic profile, religious profile, strength of attachment to the congregation, ways in which faith for the future is expressed, ways in which preferences for styles of worship are experienced, and ways in which the personal spiritual journey is expressed.


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  • David W. Lankshear
  • Leslie J. Francis
  • Michael Ipgrave

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