Since the 1970s GBM has had a focus that includes work here in the UK. We have been involved in a church planting projects in the Isle of Man, Bury in Lancashire, Ulverston in Cumbria and the Thames Gateway.
The huge population migrations of recent decades have radically changed British society. Large parts of cities and some towns now have a stronger Muslim or Hindu presence than they have gospel churches. We are keen to encourage church planting across the UK, and to help churches reach out to ethnic communities in their area. GBM is part of Grace Baptist Network, a network of Grace Baptist organisations that seeks to promote evangelism and church planting projects and engage in strategic discussions about future church planting projects.
How can you pray for the UK?
- For churches to become more like ‘lights on a hill’ as the society moves further and further away from a biblical viewpoint.
- For wisdom in reaching out to the many Muslim communities around the country.
- For work with international students at the universities, some who come from otherwise ‘closed’ countries.
Opportunities to serve in the UK
- Church planting
- Women’s workers among Asian communities
GBM stories from the UK
United Kingdom – key facts
- Population 65.1 million (July 2018 est.) England 84%, Scotland 8%, Wales 5%, Northern Ireland 3%
- Population Growth 0.51% (2018 est.)
- Ethnicity white 87.2%, black/African/Caribbean/black British 3%, Asian/Asian British: Indian 2.3%, Asian/Asian British: Pakistani 1.9%, mixed 2%, other 3.7% (2011 est.)
- Language English; Scots, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Irish, Cornish
- Religion Christian 59.5%, Muslim 4.4%, Hindu 1.3%, other 2%, unspecified 7.2%, none 25.7% (2011 est.)
(Data from the CIA World Factbook, August 2020)