British Methodism: Staying Relevant in Wesley’s Homeland
Bermondsey Central Hall Methodist Church serves a diverse congregation of about 250 and houses the South London Mission, which has been supporting the community since 1889. The modern London Shard skyscraper rises behind the church. Photo by Mike DuBose, UMNS.
How to stay relevant in a secular society? That's the challenge for the Methodist Church in Britain as its membership dips below 200,000.
Small churches in particular are facing hard decisions about their futures. But opportunities for mission exist and some congregations have been successful in strengthening ties to their communities, opening their doors to new possibilities.
For evangelistic programs like "Fresh Expressions," making disciples also means moving outside the church building, to be the embodiment of Jesus in unexpected ways and places.
Read the UMNS special report on the Methodist Church in Britain.
Ministering to 3 churches brings challenges, joys
A British Methodist minister tends to three very different both
congregations in Cheshire, including one at a chapel owned by
the National Trust.
British Methodists open doors to stay relevant
Like their U.S. counterparts, British Methodist churches face both
challenges and opportunities in an increasingly secular society.
British church stays alive through service
In northern England, a dying church starts a men’s health group
and joins forces with another small congregation to become a real
presence in the community.
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