UK TV: The Fastest Growing Branch of Chistianity in UK Today

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  • darkspilver

    Pentecostalism is now the largest Christian faith in London. What is it about this rapidly growing religion that makes it so appealing?

    Black-majority Pentecostal churches in particular are one of the big success stories of the black community in Britain. Their numbers are rising faster than any other Christian faith, while the Church of England is seeing its congregation shrinking.

    Life And Death The Pentecostal Way gives us unprecedented access to the congregation and staff of one of the first Caribbean Black-majority Pentecostal churches in this country - Brixton New Testament Church of God - to discover how this religion has been so successful. We witness its charismatic sermons, passionate worshipping, the full-immersion baptism of teenagers and the fabulous hats and attire of the characterful older members of the congregation.

    This one-hour observational documentary follows the stories of members of the congregation at defining moments in their lives. Through powerful personal stories it lift's the lid on a vibrant faith that is fast becoming one of the dominant religions in Britain.

    Life And Death The Pentecostal Way

    Today, Sunday 20 November 2016 - BBC Two: 9.00pm to 10.00pm UK-wide

    Tomorrow, Monday 21 November 2016 - BBC Two: 11.15pm to 12.15am - England HD only
    Tomorrow, Monday 21 November 2016 - BBC Two: 11.30pm to 12.30am - Wales
    Tomorrow, Monday 21 November 2016 - BBC Two: 11.45pm to 12.45am - Scotland

    And afterwards, on demand via iplayer -

  • steve2

    This growth is certainly seen in many western countries, New Zealand and Australia included, in contrast to that cluster of religious organizations that came out of the USA in the 19th Century - JWs, Mormons, 7th-Day Adventists, Christadelphians.

    Especially in rural and provincial areas, Pentecostal groups are flourishing - where, tellingly, even JWs have closed kingdom halls to amalgamate with other kingdom halls some distance away.

    This pattern of slowed or plateaued growth is 'symptomatic' of what happens in religious organizations as they age, and members become "settled in': Any growth is from within (born ins) with fewer members converted as adults. Locally, my observation is that even the JW trolley work is not as evident as it was, say two years ago - which reflects an organization that appears to be increasingly inward focused.

  • Vidiot

    Not surprising.

    Most church services are kinda dry.

    A Pentecostal church service is a f**king show.

  • Iown Mylife
    Iown Mylife

    On his father's side, my husband's family are pentecostal. Many of my cousins are members of Church of Christ, which i think is considered pentecostal as well, but not sure.

    Anyway, they all have this submissive wife booshwa out the wazoo. So they really must soft-pedal that little bit of info until the new converts are all love-bombed into membership.

    Just like the dubs do.

  • steve2

    Many of my cousins are members of Church of Christ, which i think is considered pentecostal as well, but not sure.

    The Church of Christ couldn't be further from the Pentecostal movement. They have no musical instruments and sing accapella.

  • jookbeard

    I see Evangelical Christian churches opening all over the place in my part of London, former shops,industrial units, former cinemas, disused clubs, public halls etc its very widespread indeed, in my former circuit 3 congregations have been disbanded and one of the KH's sold off, so much for SPF's claim of their continuing growth, the reports of meeting attendance from my old congregation and other KH's around the area are very much down, I'm even seeing the carts out less and less these days

  • Londo111

    Charismatic churches are all about emotion...and they promise miracles.

    One Pentecostal schoolmate said to me, "Don't think. Just believe."

    Charismatic/Pentecostals are much more extreme than 'evangelicals'. Many charismatic churches are cult-like to almost the same degree JWs the very least, they aren't as boring.

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