The future of religion in Britain is in black majority churches and Islam, according to a leading expert in religious trends.
For white British people, it is particularly bleak. Leaders who can inspire and build congregations are few and far between.
“Most ordained ministers are good, well meaning people with the leadership ability of bank managers,” says Professor David Voas, who specialises in population studies at Essex University.
Statistics show that Islam and newer forms of Christianity are overhauling the Church of England as white Britons lose their taste for worship.
He says: “The future of religion in Britain is to be found in Islam and the black majority churches. Muslims already contribute ten per cent of British births; within several decades people of Muslim heritage will form ten percent of the population, even if immigration came to an abrupt halt tomorrow.
“If even half are observant, they will form a substantial proportion of the religiously active population. Ethnic minority Christians will have another large share.”