***Archbishops' annual ecumenical prayer movement now in nearly 90% of countries worldwide***
From Bangladesh to Brazil, Australia to Austria and South Africa to the Solomon Islands, Thy Kingdom Come has now had engagement from Christians in almost 90% of countries worldwide!
This year’s Thy Kingdom Come happened from 30th May - 9th June bringing together millions of Christians, from across 65 different denominations and traditions to pray for more people to come faith in Jesus.
We have produced the final version of the Thy Kingdom Come 2019 impact report. An interim version was published at the Church of England’s General Synod in York earlier this summer.
Here are some of this year’s ‘Headlines’ at a glance:
- This year Thy Kingdom Come was endorsed by a range of high-profile leaders, including His Holiness Pope Francis. Her Majesty The Queen also commended Thy Kingdom Come in a speech to the Church of Scotland.
- The Thy Kingdom Come app was downloaded thousands of times in almost 100 countries worldwide – more than twice as many as in 2018.
- Reflecting the global growth, resources continue to be translated into many languages including Maori, Arabic, Malagasy and Finnish to name a few.
In our annual feedback survey (2,600 people responded), we also found that:
• 92% of those taking part were praying for friends and family members to come to know Jesus – with nearly 2/3 (62%) of this group planning to follow up or talk to the people they were praying for;
• 70% of those who took part felt more encouraged to share their faith;
• 40% of respondents took part for the first time this year – which shows this is still very much a growing movement;
• 99% want to be involved again next year, the same figure as last year – demonstrating growth and value.
Thy Kingdom Come began as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Anglican Communion to pray for more people to come to faith in Jesus during Ascension to Pentecost inspired by Acts 2.
However the movement has grown astronomically with Christians from all traditions and backgrounds taking part - hosting special worship services, prayer meetings, prayer walks, continuous prayer sessions to Beacon events.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said:
“It gladdens and warms my heart to know that many Christians throughout the world are committing themselves to pray for the coming of Our Father in Heaven’s Kingdom – a Kingdom of justice, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
It is my prayer that all who have joined in Thy Kingdom Come will be encouraged and inspired to live out lives which herald God’s kingdom.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said:
"Once again the Spirit’s work in Thy Kingdom Come has humbled us, stretched us and taken breath away.
I have previously said I cannot remember in my life anything that I have been involved in where I have sense so clearly the work of the Spirit.
My sense of this only grows as we learn that this year we had engagement from followers of Christ in over 170 countries, take up across the denominations and traditions and the clear focus on seeking the empowering work of the Spirit for our effective witness.
I am looking forward to all God is doing in answer to our prayers."
Re. the stats on engagement in 90% of countries (172)worldwide, this is based on there being 195 countries in the world:
The term 'engagement in Thy Kingdom Come' as used in the report, means participation in events and prayers, app downloads, podcast listens, social media shares as well as website and video views.