||<p>Strategic Development Funding has been made available to develop the capacity of
Church of England dioceses to increase church attendance. 2017 a total of £44million
was awarded to 27 projects in 20 dioceses. In 2018, £61.6 million was awarded to 20
new projects in 20 dioceses. One third of these new initiatives focus on work with
children and young people, and the majority are located in deprived areas.</p><p>
</p><p>In 2018 the Church of England formed an Evangelism and Discipleship Department,
based at Church House, Westminster, to enable a strategic national approach by developing
specific interventions and resources to enable and equip its million regular worshippers
to be able to talk about and live out their faith. This supplements work at a Diocesan
level to develop more growing churches: <a href="https://www.churchofengland.org/more/church-resources/evangelism-and-discipleship"
</p><p>The Church of England is developing 1,000 new evangelists in the over the next
five years. Other measures include working with a number of dioceses around a Culture
of Invitation to help parishioners to invite people to their church ( <a href="http://www.cultureofinvitation.com/"
target="_blank">http://www.cultureofinvitation.com/</a> ), helping churches to ensure
that those coming for baptisms, funerals and weddings are welcomed and invited to
continue attending their local church (<a href="https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/christenings"
target="_blank">https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/christenings</a> ), and
the Talking Jesus Course, which is a simple 6 week video-based course to inspire ordinary
Christians to share their faith in natural and relevant ways: <a href="https://talkingjesus.org/"
target="_blank">https://talkingjesus.org/</a></p><p> </p><p>Seven million people engaged
with the Church of England via digital media channels last Christmas through the ‘Follow
the Star campaign’. Two million used it to identify a church to attend through the
resource <a href="http://www.achurchnearyou.com/" target="_blank">www.achurchnearyou.com</a>
The Church’s use of digital and social media has won awards for innovation, and there
are now worship and liturgy resources available via Alexa and a variety of Apps.</p><p>