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5 things we learned this week

Fri 18 Mar 2016
By Sam Hailes

Here's five things we learned this week in the world of Christian news

1. Mark Driscoll's new beginning set for Easter

The Trinity Church will meet at the Glass and Garden Drive-In Church in Scottsdale, Arizona for the first time on Easter Sunday.

2. Most people know very little about the Christian faith


Awareness of the Christian faith in Britain is very low, according to a former BBC producer, responsible for religious programmes. "We're in an age now where what's sometimes called religious literacy is very low," Andrew Graystone told Premier. "What I mean by that is that ordinary, everyday people don't know that much about the Christian faith. They just don't know the stories that some of us grew up with. They don't know the beliefs that we've discovered. We're now in a culture where Christianity is quite foreign to most people."

3. Cathedrals set for government funding boost

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A new £20 million fund announced in the Chancellor's Budget on Wednesday for repairs to cathedrals is being welcomed by the Church of England. It is thought the Church of England's 42 cathedrals alone are visited by more than 11 million people each year.

4. Stations of the Cross now on display


A new artistic exhibition combining dramatic images of refugees with the journey of Jesus to the cross has gone on display in London. The Stations is an artistic interpretation of the traditional stations of the cross, and features 14 images portraying Jesus' journey through stories of refugees in Calais, Lebanon and the UK. The photos can also be viewed in the latest edition of Premier Christianity magazine.

5. A third of Christians in ministry have experienced burnout


One in three Christians working in ministry has experienced burnout. The poll of nearly 500 full or part-time pastors, and youth, women and children's workers, found that on average, they were working double the number of hours they were meant to.

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