Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that; I’m right and I’ll be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first –rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. – John Lennon, 1964
The United Kingdom, despite it’s rich spiritual history, is largely post-Christian. According to a survey by Brierley Consultancy:
- Approximately only 5% of the population will be members of any church by 2020
- Only a third of those members belong to an Evangelical tradition.
- At the current rate of growth estimates show only 4% will be members by 2025.
Similarly, studies show the United States is increasingly becoming more secular. There is much need for the faithful preaching of God’s word and the establishing of churches both in the United Kingdom and United States.
But God is faithful to His promises and He promised that the “gates of Hell would not prevail” (Matthew 16:17-19) against His church.
By serving in the United Kingdom we will be supporting the spread of the Gospel to a culture that has largely left Christianity behind. As North America is becoming increasingly secular we will also be training for future ministry in the United States.
…a threefold cord is not quickly broken. – Ecclesiastes 4:12 ESV
As the world becomes smaller and more connected through technology, developing friendships on both sides of the Atlantic (and throughout the world) with co-laborers for Christ is a necessity.
…present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. – Romans 12:1-2 ESV
Serving in a post-Christian United Kingdom will prepare us for future ministry in the United States.
… [be] prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect… – 1 Peter 3:15
By studying and receiving a graduate diploma from Union School of Theology we will be better equipped to understand and share from God’s word.