Skip to main content

Chinese Church is the fastest-growing in the UK, report finds

Author: Hazel Southam, 22 October 2023

Share this:

The Chinese Church is now the fastest-growing Church in the UK, according to a new report from Bible Society. It has seen a 28.8 per cent growth in the last two years. 

The growth is happening largely in Cantonese congregations, boosted by people emigrating from Hong Kong to the UK since 2021.

Dr Yinxuan Huang, who carried out the survey, said, ‘This is an exciting time for the Chinese Church in Britain. It is seeing a time of incredible growth, which is also a missional opportunity as others from within the Chinese community are drawn to the Church. 

‘It is also a time when local, English-speaking congregations can welcome people from Hong Kong to their services. There is a real opportunity for growth, but also for learning from each other.’

The new report finds that not all Chinese Christians attend a Chinese church. A quarter prefer to attend an English-speaking church. This means that the current influx of people from Hong Kong represents an opportunity for established churches to welcome Chinese believers.

One of the fastest-growing Chinese churches is the Manchester Alliance Centre, which has seen six-fold growth.

Its pastor, the Rev Wai Chor Chiu, said: ‘When the UK government welcomed Hong Kong people to move, it was quite exciting. The church expanded to six times the original size to more than 1,500. It’s a big change.’

Download your copy of the report

English report Traditional Chinese report Simplified Chinese report

Grace's story

Grace came to the UK in May 2021 with her husband and children, looking for ‘a more fair society’. The couple were Christians in Hong Kong. 

The decision had been both ‘exciting’ but also ‘worrying’. And though ‘on the surface it felt as if everything is settled, in my heart, I still felt uncertain,’ she said.

Help was to be found in her church, which she said had ‘really welcomed new people’. Reading the Bible had also helped her, she said, especially Proverbs 4.23, ‘Guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it is the wellspring of life.’ 

Grace said, ‘I have a lot of emotions and feelings, but the way forward is to connect with God, so I must “guard my heart”, so that I can connect with him.’

Share this:

What else we're up to

Running Romans: What is Bible Society’s new course actually like?

Have you thought of running The Romans course at your church but you're not sure yet? Discovery Church Central in Swindon has run The Romans Course across four of its small groups and used the Sunday resources. Find out how...

Gangs, drugs and Jesus

Guatemala has one of the highest murder rates in Latin America, with 3,500 violent deaths each year, mainly through gang activity and drug trafficking disputes. Perhaps that’s why so many children and young people there...

Change a child's life with the Bible

Abused girls in Guatemala need your help. Will you share God’s word and give hope to a girl today?
Read the Bible icon Read the Bible
Open the full Bible