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Author(s): Dave Walker, Linda Woodhead, Malcolm Doney
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Is the Church of England in terminal decline, as some have forecast, or does it have a vigorous future? Reports of dwindling congregations, and waning influence, contrast with stories of motivated leadership, and solid growth. The Church Times decided it was time to give the C of E a thorough medical. Thirty-five specialists, including academics, researchers, parish priests, missioners and commentators, were asked to take the Church’s temperature. They looked at its congregations, leadership, governance and social influence. And then they were invited to prescribe some remedies. Not everyone agreed, either about what is wrong or what needs to be done, but a serious, and alarming consensus has emerged – the patient does needs treatment, and it needs it urgently.
Dave Walker is a freelance cartoonist specialising in church and cycling-themed cartoons. He started drawing cartoons when he should have been concentrating on theological lectures at college, and his drawings have now appeared each week in the Church Times for ten years. He has drawn cartoons for The Guardian, Christian Aid, Greenpeace, and Cycling Weekly, among others. He runs a number of cartoon websites, including cartoonchurch.com, which supplies ecclesiastical cartoons for church magazines.
Dave lives in Essex, where he is on the steering group for a Methodist chapel, The Fishermen's Chapel in Leigh-on-Sea.