How One Church Is Reaching the Most Secular Society on Earth
The story of Holy Trinity Brompton
For American eyes, Holy Trinity Brompton, a church in the heart of London, looks stunning and powerful. Tucked away off of the city’s busy Brompton Road, its historic, cathedral-like architecture and affluent Knightsbridge district surroundings give it an iconic, distinctly British feel.
But behind its walls, something truly remarkable is happening: There, in the heart of a country seeing Christianity become less and less influential, a resurgence is taking place.
Last year, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord George Carey, told The Daily Mail that the church was “one generation away from extinction.” HTB is spearheading a revolution—they’re bringing Christianity back to English culture, and might just be reversing the trend.
Something Different Here
When you enter a service at HTB, you could be forgiven if you forget you’re in an Anglican church. You can’t help but notice the lack of formality. Instead, you see all of the hallmarks of a contemporary church, from big screens to the decided lack of pulpit.
The congregation is diverse in age, race and class, though you wouldn’t know it based on how everyone interacts with one another.
Of course, you won’t walk away without being struck by HTB’s charismatic vicar, Nicky Gumbel, who assumed the leadership of HTB in 2005.
The 61-year-old is humble and open. His own sincerity and passion bleeds over into the church he leads: Since 2005, it has exploded into a megachurch, with four campuses—they call them “centres”—spread out around London and a truly global reach. This year alone, HTB has plans to plant another four churches outside of London.
And for a generation of Christians who grew up in more traditional church settings, Gumbel is doing something different. He’s not just trying to bring people to church. He’s bringing the church to the people.
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Such welcome news for those who have believed for so long that the church in Britain is moribund. A reminder that even in the bleakest of landscapes, the spark of Christianity can ignite or re-ignite...