Low church

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According to the Christian Research Institute:

"Low Church" is a neutral term that simply describes a type of worship that does not follow a prescribed order of service, that does not follow certain liturgical patterns, and does not make use of developed ritual, ceremony, or worship accouterments like vestments. From Webster's Dictionary: "Low Church (1710) tending esp. in Anglican worship to minimize emphasis on the priesthood, sacraments, and the ceremonial in worship and often to emphasize evangelical principles." By contrast: "High Church (1687) tending esp. in Anglican worship to stress the sacerdotal [priestly], liturgical, ceremonial, traditional, and Catholic elements in worship."[1]

Churches which generally are considered "low church" are those with Congregationalist ties such as Baptists and Churches of Christ. These churches often have a standard order of service, but rarely with the formalities seen in high church services.

The Church of England and other Anglican churches originated the term low church and meant for the term to be pejorative. In modern times, however, it is no longer seen as a pejorative term.

In the UK the Church of England is shrinking while "low church" evangelicalism grows

The Daily Mail reported in 2015:

The Church of England has suffered a dramatic slump in its followers, shocking new figures show. Between 2012 and 2014, the proportion of Britons identifying themselves as C of E or Anglican dropped from 21 per cent to 17 per cent – a fall of about 1.7 million people.[2]

In the UK, partly due to immigration, evangelicalism (which is low church) is growing and shaking up the Church of England.[3]


  1. "Low Church" and "High Church" by Dennis Bratcher
  2. The wages of apostasy, by Theodore Beale
  3. Evangelical Christianity is rising in the UK. Demographic data points to upcoming reversal of secularism in the UK. No English speaking country will be safe for Darwinism