Capital Growth

Good news! The number of people going to church on a Sunday in London grew by 16% between 2005 and 2012!

The London Church Census found 720,000 people going to church on a Sunday, nearly 100,000 more than the last time they were counted seven years before. Capital Growth explores the nature of this growth and the reasons behind it. It shows the rise of Pentecostalism and the huge importance of the black churches within this movement. London is characterised by some of the largest churches in the country, many of which are likewise growing. Some of the mechanisms for growth might be relevant in other urban contexts. Large numbers of immigrants have come to the capital in the early 21st century, and many new churches have been started to cater for them.


This book shows the ways in which these have been planted. Capital Growth breaks the figures down by denomination, Borough, churchmanship, age, gender, and mid-week of those attending church. Age, especially of those aged 20-29, emerges as a critical variable. Good news, though, leaves no room for complacency. If future immigration patterns change, for example, much of this vibrancy may be jeopardised.

‘Once again Peter Brierley’s painstaking work has brought clarity to the complex pattern of church attendance; both growth and decline. The starting point for church growth is accurate understanding of the current situation. Regional and local church leaders in London and other urban areas will find this study of great help.’ Rt Revd Graham Cray, Archbishops’ Missioner and Team Leader of Fresh Expressions

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