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, as well as the majority of non-denominational congregations. 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.

Many local churches are low churches in terms of their form of worship.

Rutland Street Church, Christchurch, New Zealand.

According the New Zealand census, from 2013 to 2018, the number of "Evangelical, Born Again and Fundamentalist Christians" grew from 15,381 individuals to 38,127 individuals from 2013 to 2018.[2] See: Growth of evangelical Christianity in New Zealand

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

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

Notes

  1. "Low Church" and "High Church" by Dennis Bratcher
  2. Religion in New Zealand
  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