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Archbishop of Canterbury: a 'good vicar' is key to tackling falling congregation numbers
The Most Rev Justin Welby says the Church of England needs to be "realistic" about falling attendances but must set a target of increasing worshipper numbers

By Sam Marsden
December 31, 2013

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, has issued a challenge to his priests to turn the tide of falling numbers of church-goers and make their congregations grow.

He said an initiative to engage with new worshippers by holding services in non-traditional venues like pubs and clubs had already swollen the church's ranks by the equivalent of two dioceses.

"The reality is that where you have a good vicar, you will find growing churches," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

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