Church and High Oil Prices

How we worship has always been shaped by the way we live and the way we travel. The agricultural economies of the middle ages created the parish church, in which most people travelled to worship on foot.

The industrial revolution moved people to the city and saw the rise of public transport this created urban churches, in which large congregations grew in high density cities where people could either walk or catch public transport to church. Many of these churches began to suffer as the age of cheap oil and the rise of the motor car saw people leave cities for the suburbs. These factors created larger suburban churches and also influenced the church growth movement. Read More


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