United Kingdom

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Why the United Kingdom Needs the Gospel

  • 8.8% identify as Evangelicals, but are not necessarily practising - only one third of this number go to church regularly.
  • The Evangelical Church is virtually not growing in the UK - at the moment it stands at 0% growth per year.
  • Research shows that UK Evangelical Christians face challenges such as low prayer levels and not feeling sufficiently equipped to share their faith.

Historically a long-standing Christian nation, the United Kingdom has become increasingly secularised in recent decades. There is often hostility towards religious expression, and tolerance and diversity are strongly advocated instead. Those who identify as Christian in the population are 59.7%, but much of this is only nominal affiliation with the established Church of England (Anglican) and Church of Scotland (Presbyterian). Evangelical Christianity is not growing, as many Christians lose confidence in the trustworthiness of the gospel in the face of increasing cynicism from outside the church.

Most statistics taken from Operation World 7th Edition (2010).