Archbishop of Canterbury admits he is failing to attract more worshipers to the Church of England

Archbishop of Canterbury admits he is failing to attract more worshipers to the Church of England after congregations hit record highs

  • Justin Welby, 66, admitted he ‘doesn’t persuade much’ to join the Church of England
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury speaks out on the subject in a BBC interview today
  • He said there were times when he questioned God, but returned ‘to the Psalms’










The Archbishop of Canterbury has accepted responsibility for not attracting more worshipers to the Church of England, with numbers hitting record highs in recent years.

In a BBC radio interview broadcast today, Justin Welby makes his confession to Dr Susan Blackmore, psychologist and atheist, after expressing doubts about his conversion to a faith.

The Very Reverend Welby, 66, said: ‘As you can see from the figures from the Church of England, I don’t persuade many people.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, pictured, also said there were times when even he questioned God

The Very Reverend Welby, pictured, has accepted responsibility for failing to attract more Church of England worshipers, with numbers hitting record highs in recent years

The Very Reverend Welby, pictured, has accepted responsibility for failing to attract more Church of England worshipers, with numbers hitting record highs in recent years

The Archbishop also said there were times when even he questioned God.

He described an encounter with a warlord, whom he did not identify, as the only time he had come face to face with evil.

When asked how he dealt with these situations, he replied, “I go back to the Psalms, the Psalms of protest and lamentation, and I say to God, ‘This is all wrong. What do you think you are doing?”

  • The Archbishop’s interviews are broadcast on BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 4 at 1.30pm today.

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