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New Book on Global Anglicanism from CCGR

The Centre for Church Growth Research is delighted to announce the publication of Growth and Decline in the Anglican Communion, 1980 to the Present, newly published by Routledge in paperback and hardback.

The Anglican Communion is one of the largest Christian denominations in the world. Growth and Decline in the Anglican Communion is the first study of its dramatic growth and decline in the years since 1980. An international team of leading researchers based across five continents provides a global overview of Anglicanism alongside twelve detailed case studies. The case studies stretch from Singapore to England, Nigeria to the USA and mostly focus on non-western Anglicanism. This book is a critical resource for students and scholars seeking an understanding the past, present and future of the Anglican Church. More broadly, the study offers insight into debates surrounding secularisation in the contemporary world. The study was edited by David Goodhew, Director of the Centre for Church Growth Research at Cranmer Hall, St Johns College, Durham University.


‘This is a truly valuable book. In a collection of outstanding essays, the contributors seek to find firm ground for statements about growth and decline in the Anglican Communion, one of the world’s largest religious institutions. At every stage, what they find repeatedly challenges conventional assumptions, and also raises fundamental questions that demand to be applied to other global churches. This is truly eye-opening. I cannot speak too highly of this excellent volume.’

Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History, Baylor University, USA

‘This volume is a veritable goldmine. It contains a huge amount of mostly numerical information on the Anglican Communion in all its fullness. Quite rightly it eschews easy generalizations, probing instead the complex and evolving mosaic that constitutes modern Anglicanism. Almost every reader will be surprised about something. I recommend this book very warmly.’

Grace Davie, Professor emeritus of Sociology, University of Exeter, UK

The volume can be ordered here