Dramatic rise in Christian groups

Mathew Little

Christian organisations make up a tenth of all new charities, according to figures released to Third Sector in Easter week by the Charity Commission.

Of 6,395 new charitable registrations in 2004, 619 were Christian groups.

The real number could be even higher, because the commission's figures only apply to organisations with the word 'Christian' in their title.

The statistics reveal a resurgence in the Christian charity sector over the past 15 years. Only 177 Christian organisations registered in 1990, more than three times fewer than the amount last year. Five thousand have registered since 1996, of which nearly 3,000 have done so since the turn of the millennium.

- See News in focus, page 20

KEY POINTS

- In 2004, 619 Christian charities were formed, compared with 177 in 1990

- They now make up 10 per cent of all new charities

- Between 1996 and 2004, 5,002 were registered

- The Charities Bill will require Christian groups to demonstrate how they benefit the public.

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