Back in the days, every village in the United Kingdom was popularly known to have at least a pub, a church, and a general store. But that seems to be a thing of the past now as a recent announcement by the National Churches Trust reveals otherwise.
With the number of pubs in the UK down to a quarter of what it was 2 decades ago and the considerable increase in the Pentecostal movement, churches are fast outgrowing pubs in England.
However, it has also been noted that the total number of churches in the UK, United States and other parts of the western world has been on a decline for years too.
Black Churches On The Rise
Following the increased immigration from other parts of Europe, Africa and the rest of the world, the churches in the UK have experienced a 16% attendance increase.
This also accounts for the increase in the number of churches by 2 every week. But being a multinational city, it is no surprise that 14% of services in England are not in English.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) alone has started over 800 churches in the land since 1993. According to the senior pastor, their vision is to have a church within 10 minutes walking distance – in line with the vision of its headquarter church in Nigeria.
Hillsong Church In The UK
Founded by Brian and Bobbie Houston in 1983, the Hillsong church has spread across the length and breadth of the world today. It’s London church now gathers over 5000 worshippers per week in the Dominion Theater.
Noteworthy is the fact that the majority of its members are under 25 years of age!
The Most Effective Church Growth Strategy
Over the years, theologians have argued that there are basically three strategies for spreading the gospel and the influence of the kingdom around the world. These include outreaches and crusades, personal evangelism and church planting.
In your opinion, what is the most effective method for spreading the influence of the kingdom of God today and why?