Joel News International reported the following:
“After decades of decline, the church in Britain appears to be growing again, according to an international team of leading researchers at Cranmer Hall, Durham. Their report, ‘Church Growth in Britain from 1980 to the Present’, published in June, indicates that while the media focuses on the many churches which are sadly dying, it fails to recognize how many other churches are growing. For every congregation that shuts down in the UK, a new one is being opened, overflowing with new vision and faith.
The report shows that:- more than 5,000 churches have been planted in Britain since 1980;
– 500,000 Christians attend black-majority churches;
– the Anglican church in London has grown by 70% since 1990.”
I find this fascinating. It takes me back to the Great Century of Missions where God used England’s redemptive gift to unleash the single largest missions thrust in the history of the church.
One wonders what the Master Strategist is getting ready for in the next round, as He is obviously investing with joy in a nation that has been strategic in the Kingdom on multiple occasions.
Copyright August 2012 by Arthur Burk
From the Quarterdeck, in Anaheim