Church Development Tool

(was Big Church Survey)

Last year the Church of England was looking to roll out ‘The Big Church Survey’ as a way of complementing Statistics for Mission with more qualitative data. In Lichfield, we started to prepare for that, and many churches were looking to take part, then lockdown hit.

The Big Church Survey has now been relaunched as The Church Development Tool. The plan is similar, with an online tickbox survey designed to be completed by congregations. Participating churches will receive their data aggregated in a report. This has the potential to allow churches to engage in Mission Action Planning and other activities with stronger evidence on their congregation’s demographics and perspectives.  

The decision to participate in the Church Development Tool this year is entirely down to individual churches. Surveying would take place during May or June 2021.  

Please view the following files from the Church of England’s Research and Statistics team for the most up to date information about the Church Development Tool. Communication pack for dioceses Powerpoint and Diocesan communications pack pdf. You can access Church Development Tool through your A Church Near You account from the start of May.

For enquiries about the Church Development Tool in Lichfield, please contact

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