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Author: Richard Burgess

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This article discusses the concept 'reverse mission' in relation to Nigerian-initiated Pentecostal churches in Britain. It begins with a general discussion of the term 'reverse mission' before examining the discourse of reverse mission as it is employed by Nigerian Pentecostals in Britain. Finally, the article explores the actual achievements of Nigerian Pentecostals against the background of European secularism. It considers whether their presence is an indication of the re-emergence of religion as a social force in Britain. Studies of reverse mission sometimes measure success in terms of winning indigenous converts or adherents and consequently find migrant churches wanting. The article concludes that Nigerian Pentecostal churches are to some extent a social force in Britain and it suggests that the adoption of a broader conception of mission, which includes civic engagement, enables a more nuanced assessment of their achievements, at least as far as the British context is concerned.

In: Journal of Religion in Europe
In: Pentecostalism in Africa
In: Global Pentecostal Movements
Author: Richard Burgess

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Megachurches in Canada need to be understood in the context of significant religious change, most notably the decline of the historical churches, shifts in immigration, growing numbers of people who say they have no religion, and the relative vitality of evangelical congregations. Most megachurches in Canada are evangelical, charismatic, and some are new immigrant congregations. This chapter offers an overview of religion in Canada with attention to evangelical congregations and the growth of megachurches, a summary of the Canadian Large Churches Study, a case study of a Canadian megachurch, and some theoretical reflections on megachurches in a changing Canadian society.

In: Handbook of Megachurches