Out of all the cities in the world, why plant churches in London?
When picking a place to plant a church, one must do their research and when God placed London on my heart, that is exactly what I did. What I found out, and what I want to share with you, absolutely shocked me. The need is great.
London is a very large and very dense city compared to where I come from:
- Area 671 sq mi
Density 14,586/sq mi
Area 584 sq mi
Density 2,601/sq mi
With over 9 million people, London is the 19th largest city in the world. It is, however, the 2nd most influential city in the world when it comes to: economic activity, political power, knowledge base, and quality of life.
London is one of the most ethnically diverse cities on earth. There are over 300 languages spoken there every day and more than 50 non-indigenous communities with a population of more than 10,000.
At the 2011 census, London had a population of 8,174,100, 44.9% were White British. London is one of the few places in the United Kingdom in which White Britons comprise less than half of the total population. 36.7% of London's population is foreign born. With 2,998,264 residents born abroad, London has the second highest foreign-born population of any city in the world.
The United Kingdom compared to the United States, has a significant lack of evangelical Christians. Over 90% of the UK claims that Jesus Christ is not the sole source of salvation.
- Population 62,616,000
- Evangelical 8.1% (5,071,896)
- Population 318,744,000
- Christian 77.4%
- Evangelical 26.5% (84,467,160)
The UK is in desperate need of the gospel, but the need in London is even greater. While 56.5% of the UK claim some form of Christianity only 48.4% do in London. Which means, one can only assume that the number of evangelical Christians in London is less that 8%.
If that was not bad enough, censuses show that the number of Christians from 2001 to 2011 dropped by almost 10%. With agnostic (no religion) and Islam growing by almost 10%. There are over 1.2 million muslims in the city of London, that is 1 out of every 8 people you meet.
2011 Census: Religion in London
- Christians 48.4% (Non-Evangelical & Evangelical)
- No Religion 20.7%
- Muslims 12.4%
- No Response 8.5%
- Hindus 5.0%
- Jews 1.8%
- Sikhs 1.5%
- Buddhists 1%
- Other 0.6%
2001 Census: Religion in London
- Christians 58.2% (Non-Evangelical & Evangelical)
- No Religion 15.8%
- No Response 8.7%
- Muslims 8.5%
- Hindus 4.1%
- Jews 2.1%
- Sikhs 1.5%
- Buddhists 0.8%
- Other 0.5%
The churches of London have been dying since World War 2. Most of the ones that still exist are failing to preach the gospel. Few are being saved, and next to none are being discipled. The people of London are turning to any other form of religion they can find. If nothing changes more and more people will continue to die without the saving grace of God.