The Methodist Church and Secularisation

The Methodist church has not been short of analyses to explain its catastrophic and apparently inexorable decline in the years since at least 1900. Both biblical teaching and more contemporary church growth models all offer informative critiques, but neither exhaustive analysis nor a wide array of initiatives has stemmed the decline. An empirical eye would suspect that we are overlooking something fundamental, and the evidence points to that ‘something’ being secularisation.

Revd Alastair Bolt, Minister of Chapel Street Methodist Church, has written two articles for the Methodist Recorder on the Methodist Church and secularisation.

They can be downloaded here:

The Methodist Church and Secularisation: The Root of the Problem

The Methodist Church and Secularisation: A Way Forward

“People will simply starve to death”

More than 10 million people in East Africa and Yemen are facing starvation and famine: “Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from disease,” said Stephen O’Brien, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, at a meeting of the UN Security Council on 10 March.

All We Can and the World Church Relationships Team of the Methodist Church in Britain are urgently calling for individual and local community support to respond to famine in South Sudan and to avert famine and further death in other countries across East Africa and the wider region including Somalia and Yemen.

All We Can’s Humanitarian Aid Manager Jason Snuggs said, “This situation is incredibly serious, it is not one we can ignore. We need supporters to give generously and without delay, as we respond to the needs in this vast region and help towards averting famine in other countries across East Africa on the verge of disaster.”

Gifts to this emergency appeal will enable All We Can and its partners to respond quickly to those in greatest need across the region.

Jasperian Crisis Magazine 50

Tony Jasper and the Jasperian Theatre Company

In Edition 50:

  • So we hit issue 50
  • Jesus Music and Beyond
  • Jazz and Christian Worship Expression
  • Contemporary Music Chatter
  • Poetry
  • Garth Hewitt Foundation

Tony Jasper is an author, broadcaster, actor-playwright and journalist. He has had over 70 books published, and at one time wrote weekly for major newspapers and magazines. He is a member of Chapel Street Methodist Church.