This paper is focusing on how black diaspora Pentecostal churches growing significantly in UK particularly in London?
how black diaspora Pentecostal churches growing significantly in UK particularly in London?
How are black majority churches growing in the UK? A London Borough case study
Here Rogers looks at how this relates to the broader picture of church growth and decline in the UK. Finding that urban religious landscapes have changed dramatically over recent decades. This has important implications for public policy, including planning policy and practice.
Our Pentecostalism in Britain series is in collaboration with LSE’s Religion and the Public Sphere blog.
Being Built Together
The Being Built Together project investigated the number, places and priorities of new black majority churches (BMCs) in the London Borough of Southwark over 2011-13. The particular interest was in BMCs form independently of the historic denominations since the 1950s. The catalyst for this research was the rapid growth of BMCs in the borough over recent decades and the consequent shortage of suitable places of worship. Signs of growth were evident walking down the Old Kent Road, a major artery of the borough, where one could find 25 BMCs just in its 1.5 mile length. In total, we identified a minimum of 240 operational BMCs in Southwark, where nearly half of these were in one postcode. Moreover, we suspect that this represents the greatest concentration of African Christianity in the world outside of Africa.
Characterising Southwark BMCs
Southwark BMCs were predominantly African majority, especially West African, and although not monocultural, there were very few whites. Most (but not all) identified as ‘Pentecostal’, featuring long services characterised by exuberant and often loud worship. Many of the BMCs were led by first generation migrant pastors. Further, an international mentality was evident in pastor interviews and church names. Southwark BMCs were typically not ‘parish’ churches but drew their congregations from a mix of local neighbourhoods, the wider borough, Greater London, and the counties surrounding London. While all the BMCs provided a strong support network for dispersed congregants, the larger and more established congregations offered programmes of local community engagement as well.
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