Christian Practices: The Worldwide Church 2

What is the position of the worldwide Church?

Hello all, in this segment of Christian Practices we will consider the worldwide Church. We will consider: the importance of mission, evangelism and church growth. The work of Tearfund – an example of Christian beliefs in action. Persecution of Christians past and present and finally how the church works for reconciliation. This session will focus on the final two concepts: persecution and reconciliation.

Recap Questions

Who said the ‘UK is a Christian country’ in 2014?

Ex-Prime Minister David Cameron

Which charity acts as a case study within Christian Practices?


What are two Christian sites of pilgrimage?

Walsingham and Taize

What data is used to assess the faith of the UK?


What do some point to as evidence that the UK is a Christian country?

Traditions, UK laws, festivals observed by many e.g. Christmas and support of the local community e.g. use of church halls.

  • To investigate the position of Christianity in the world.
  • To understand new terminology.
  • To consider the role of the World Council of Churches and The Ecumenical Movement.
  • Method to record learning – word document or pen and paper
  • Keep a log of work and send a copy to your teacher via e-mail if possible, if not hold on to until you see your teacher in person. (It should take 30-60 mins).
  • Additionally you can mail work to:


Task 1
This section of Christian Practices contains words you may not have come across before. Read about the following keywords and note down your own definition of each.

* reconciliation: In its simplest form reconciliation is the restoration of friendly relations. In the context of the Christian faith it is the acceptance of an apology, forgiving and moving forward togther in harmony.
* ecumenism: The different branches, groups within Christianity are known as denominations. Ecumenism represents, promotes unity within these different denominations.
* persecution: Persistently cruel and unfair treatment, often due tp religion or belief.

Task 2
Throughout history, Christians have faced persecution. Today, although Christianity is the most widely practised religion worldwide, there are still many places around the world where Christians are in a minority.

In some countries, Christians face discrimination, including physical punishment and death sentences, for practising their faith.
The charity Open Doors seeks to raise awareness of Christian persecution. It campaigns for the human rights of Christians to be respected throughout the world.
Source: BBC Bitesize

Explain in your own words a brief history of persecution past and present.
Additional research opportunity:

Task 3

Watch the video below on forgiveness.
Anthony Walker’s mother is a living example of a Christian undertaking the practice of reconciliation.
What are your thoughts on this case study?

Task 4

Read and note the following ideas, source: BBC Bitesize

Ecumenical Movement
The Ecumenical Movement began in 1910 at the World Missionary Conference in Scotland. It aims to unite all Christian denominations into one Church. This means that all Christians should be united in faith in Jesus and that there should be no denominations or other divisions between them.
The work of the Ecumenical Movement has led to greater co-operation between different Christian denominations. For example, some denominations share the same church building. Ecumenical services, where Christians of many denominations worship together, are growing in popularity.

World Council of Churches
The ultimate aim of the World Council of Churches is to unite all Christians as one Church. Churches involved in this effort, which spans over 100 countries, hold a special week of prayer devoted to Christian unity every year. During this week, Christians remember Jesus’ teaching that all of them may be one … so that the world may believe (John 17:21).
The World Council of Churches runs many campaigns to promote unity and end prejudice or discrimination between different Christian denominations. It also works with other faiths.


When considering the worldwide Church, the importance of mission and evangelism is paramount for church growth. The work of Tearfund – is an example of Christian practices – beliefs in action.

Extras: Test yourself – use the following exam board supported website – Seneca, to assess your understanding on this topic.

Seneca unit test available in link below:

Exam Question

The UK is a Christian country.’
Discuss this statement showing that you have considered more than one point of view. (You must refer to religion and belief in your answer.) [15]
REMEMBER: One possible exam technique – Frame
Many………(Christians/Buddhists/people) would agree with this because………(link
with religion and belief

Furthermore, they might also say that……….(expanded or different viewpoint – link
with sources of authority

These arguments are valid/weak/strong/make sense because………(formulating

On the other hand/however/additionally…. (alternative or opposing views)
some…………might disagree because…………(link with religion and belief)

In addition they could argue that……(expanded or different view – link with sources
of authority and show the effects of belief on practice

These arguments are valid/weak/strong/make sense because………(formulating

Conclusion (but not obligatory) with own opinion given (but not obligatory). If own
opinion given, use it as another opportunity to link with religion and belief e.g. ‘Like
many Christians/Buddhists/Atheists, I would argue that………because……..’