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500 years after the birth of John Knox, the church he founded is still part of the fabric of Scottish life.

Euan Dodds

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The Church of Scotland in General Assembly | photo: PA

Before this year’s General Assembly (May 17–23), however, newspapers reported that membership of the Church of Scotland is under 400,000 compared with 1.32 million in 1956. There is a shortage of 107 ministers and this deficit is likely to rise to 220 by 2022 with retirements. There are presently only two ministers below the age of 30.