Chinese churches have become the fastest growing Christian community in Britain due to the influx of migrants from Hong Kong.
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Behind the story
One theme that comes up in CT stories from time to time is the idea of a “missional moment.” We’ll report on how Christian communities see current circumstances—be it a natural disaster, a political move, a financial blessing—as an opportunity to spread the gospel and serve their neighbors. But we don’t always get the chance to see if their efforts to take advantage of that opportunity were effective. Sometimes the work of the church is slow and immeasurable.
Yet sometimes we’re lucky enough to get a clear snapshot of the work of the church in a particular place. It was just last year that CT reported on the potential for hundreds of thousands of people from Hong Kong to move to the United Kingdom under a new visa provision for overseas nationals. Thanks to the most expansive study of Chinese churches in Great Britain, we’ve already been able to get a glimpse of how congregations have welcomed people from Hong Kong. Pastors of Chinese congregations there report membership doubling and tripling, according to the research, which came out this month. The report also underscored the significance of this “missional moment” for the UK, saying non-Christian Hong Kongers are more open to exploring the faith than non-Christians from mainland China or who already live in Britain.
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