Presenter: Jason Fout, Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation
We’ve all heard the news: the Episcopal Church in the US has shrunk by 24% over the last decade, and our prospects look dim. Many reasons for this decline are offered: growing secularity, the rise of the “nones”, changing attitudes towards religion and religious observance, the encounter with other religions. But inevitable decline is not the only story to be told for Anglicanism in the developed world.
Since 1990, the Diocese of London in the Church of England has grown by around 70%. This has come about through a combination of dynamic local parish programs, strategic planning for planting and renewing churches, and an inspiring vision set forth by the diocese. All of this has taken place in the midst of one of the most diverse, vibrant, cosmopolitan, multi-faith and secularized urban centers in the world.
How has this come about? And what may be learned from London’s methods for our own context? Join Jason Fout for an introduction to the many facets of the mission and evangelism taking place in the Diocese of London.