The United Kingdom has rich historical roots in its reformers and revivalists. More than 70% of the Welsh, British and Scottish people claim affiliation with the traditional established Protestant churches. Yet only about 7% attend services, and at 4.5% the UK has the largest evangelical population of any European country. Spiritual need is highlighted by increasing violence in the cities; the high divorce rate, suicide, and illegitimacy rates and drug abuse. Paralleling this is the growing number of young people who have no contact with or knowledge of Christianity.
The mission field has come to the UK - immigrants from many countries now call the United Kingdom home, which makes it a place where several religions are practiced and tolerated. One of the largest religious groups is Islam: Muslims make up 2.7% of the population, and see the conversion of England to Islam as a key strategy for winning Europe. London has become a hub for extreme, militant Islamist organizations. Many non-Western Christians perceive the UK itself as a mission field. In London over half of churchgoers are non-Anglo.
OC's UK team is fairly new, exploring ways to reignite the church's commitment to mission. Already, OC UK has become a sending base, with some missionaries serving in other parts of Europe.
OC UK wants to appoint a specialist in women's ministry to be based in the Midlands of England. Full details may be found on the OC UK web site: www.onechallenge.org.uk (go to the Opportunities page to see what the post entails.)