France by the numbers
While over 45% of French claim some form of Christianity, most don't attend services even once a month. Most hold barely nominal beliefs and often in conjunction with other worldviews, most notably the occult.
Along with the enlightenment also came a rise in the rejection of Christianity. Religion is a private affair in France, and evangelism is frowned upon.
While 52% of Europeans believe astrology has a scientific basis. France has especially embraced the occult. It is estimated that over 100,000 men and women are active occult practitioners.
Christianity is being assaulted on all fronts in France. Once embraced by over 45% of the French population, Protestantism is mired in liberalism and has now fallen to less than 2% of the population.
While much of Christianity is in decline in France. The Muslim population is increasing, resulting in one of the largest Muslim populations in Europe. Many are immigrants from former French colonies.
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We are the Rileys – Matt, Katie, Micah, Ella, Annalise and Sophia. We have been married 18 years and during that time we have worked in the secular workplace, went to seminary, served as overseas as church planting interns, served in a full-time ministry position in Florida, and now we have been called to serve in France.
In 2012, while serving as rector of St. Pauls Anglican in Lynn Haven, Florida, Alongside Ministries International and the L’Eglise protestante unis de France asked us to join in a church renewal initiative in the east of France. So in 2012, we packed up our family of 5 and moved to France.