French youth drawn to evangelical churches

“French evangelical Christianity is on the rise” Ekklesia (UK). February 15, 2012.

The atmosphere is like a concert:  in a darkened theatre in the lively Montparnasse area of Paris, hundreds of young people sing catchy songs and wave their arms in the air, while a group plays booming music on stage.

But this isn’t a gig. Welcome to Hillsong Church. The Australian-born Pentecostal church set up a branch in Paris in 2005 and has seen its congregation grow from a few dozen people at its first meetings to around 900 now at each of its two weekend services, conducted in French and English.

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