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neighbours and work colleagues compared
to what we witness in their daily practice.
(Curiously, so do my devout Roman
Is it fair to conclude that people showing
up in evangelically labelled congregations
are Quebec’s only
Christians? I have
seen many counts
which assume there
are zero Christians
among people attending mainline
It gets harsher
when I have been told we need low numbers so we can solicit funds for our ministries in Quebec.
As I like to say, “If, after 60 years of
evangelical witness in modern Quebec
and the millions of dollars that have been
invested in the work, there are only 35,000
Christians, then heads should roll!”
I am often struck by the orthodox af-
firmations of Christian faith that are alive
and well in Quebec culture in spite of the
massive marginalization of the social sig-
nificance of religion and Christian practice.
What we need, perhaps even more
than money for church planting, is serious
engagement with Quebec culture, and
practical education to help congregations
be the entities that
interpret the good
news that Jesus is
Lord. We pastors,
lay leaders and
ministry practitioners in (post-) Christendom Quebec
need to be able to
identify worldviews to reflect about spirituality in our context.
But we also need to get beyond this
funny way of counting. FT
GlEnn SMITH is executive director of
Christian Direction, a ministry seeking
to see God transform people, families
and their communities in the cities of
Quebec and the French-speaking
world ( www.direction.ca).
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Is it fair to conclude that
people showing up in
Quebec’s only Christians?