Unless the church makes a substantial breakthrough in attracting young people back to the faith, Christianity in Britain is just “a generation away from extinction,” says former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey.
Referencing the Church of England’s warning that shrinking attendance could challenge its role as a “national institution,” Lord Carey pointed out at a Christian Conference that clergy are currently grappling with a “feeling of defeat” and congregations are weighed down with “heaviness,” according to The Telegraph.
On top of that, he said, the public’s reaction to all of this is simply “rolled eyes and a yawn of boredom.”
Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu, highlighted the gravity of the dying church by telling members they need to “evangelize or fossilize.”
Sentamu declared the need for a strategic campaign aimed at the “re-evangelization of England,” much like the ministry of the northern saints such as Cuthbert, Hilda and Aidan who spread Christianity in Anglo-Saxon times.