UK Based Mission
The world is living in your postcode!
The population of Britain is becoming less ‘Christian’ and more multi-religious. For example, Leicester has earned the title of Britain’s first ‘pluralist’ city where over 41% are Sikh, Hindu or Muslim with no group dominating. Meanwhile, the religious attitudes of Anglo-Saxons are changing. In 1983, 31% of white Britons said they had no religion and in 1998 the figure was 45% (Survey of British Social Attitudes)
For some people these facts provoke fear about the loss of a Britain we once knew; for others the fear is about immigration or the apparent rise of radicalised minorities who may be working to impose greater ‘foreign’ influence on the British way of life; still others are concerned about right-wing groups who seem intent on fomenting racial tension.
Interserve has a very different view. Having served the peoples of Asia and the Arab World since 1852, we see Britain as a site for cross-cultural Christian witness. The idea that a ‘missionary’ is a Christian who leaves Britain to be a witness abroad is more of a colonial idea than a Biblical one. Today the sovereign Lord of history is at work creating significant cross-cultural mission opportunities across Europe. Interserve responded twenty-five years ago by creating Urban Vision as its UK ministry arm to help transfer cross-cultural skills to British Christians.