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Bradford Church Defies Trends

22 January 2008

The Abundant Life Church in Bradford, UK, continues to build a strong, pro-oactive and community-minded Christian presence in one of Britain's most multi-cultural communities.

Bradford has a large Muslim population, yet this church has become one of the UK's fastest growing.

Mal Fletcher spoke at the church again this month and found a body of people who are enthusiastic about their community and working to change the future for real people who're facing real challenges.

The church, under the leadership of Pastor Paul Scanlon, is well known in parts of Britain and Europe for its presentational skills - particularly its music, preaching and conference events. However, the core of the church's vision is very much built around community care.

One expression of this is the extensive weekly free bus service, run by the church to help people gain access to church services.

The church is currently building a major new extension to its building facility, which incorporates areas for leadership training and community outreach. The church's main meeting centre is now a popular venue for large business conferences and the like.

During his short visit, Mal also lectured in the Abundant Life Leadership Academy, which attracts people from across Europe and beyond.

After the visit, Mal said: 'I was in this church just 6 months or so ago and it has clearly already grown. What is pleasing is to see the development of senior leadership which has come more to the fore, and the great enthusiasm of people for teaching on our culture and how it can be impacted for Christ.'

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