Church of England spends millions but fails to convert cash into congregations

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More than £240 million invested by the Church of England to arrest the decline in worshippers has “not so far” succeeded in turning the situation around, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.

Figures presented to General Synod this year show that £248 million was given out between 2017 and 2020 as part of the church’s “renewal and reform” programme to attract new worshippers, support churches in deprived areas and found new congregations.