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: