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Quiet Revival
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In the last third of the twentieth century, the population of Boston fell and then stabilized at the level it was in 1900, while the number of churches nearly doubled. This was the largest and most sustained growth of Christianity in Boston’s history, yet because it occurred outside traditional church systems, it was off the radar for most Western observers, and thus "quiet".
Judy Hall's picture
Why is Boston’s Quiet Revival Ignored?

The invisibility of Boston’s Quiet Revival is a phenomenon that never fails to intrigue and mystify me.

Doug Hall's picture
Following Jesus’ Example of Self-Limiting

For any major movement of God to have a long-term history, it must balance “enhancing” with “self-limiting.” Many of the major revivals that occurred in our world began in times of poverty and oppression, just as in the first century. Boston’s Quiet Revival began at a time when the city was experiencing riots, crime and poverty. We’ve seen God begin revivals in these types of environments, followed by substantial spiritual growth in the city.

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How Boston's Quiet Revival Changed the World, and Our Challenge Today

In the video below, hear Doug Hall explain Boston’s Quiet Revival – how God worked through unknown people in hidden, forgotten neighborhoods to significantly change the face of this secular city.  In over four decades, the number of churches in Boston – many of which were planted in the city's worst slums – has nearly doubled (from approximately 300 in 1970 to 575 in 2010) and the estimated percentage of the city’s population in churches has increased from about 3% to about 14%.

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“Are you saying there is no one magic bullet?”

Doug and I were on vacation in Arizona in July a few years ago. Right there, our sanity should have been examined. Arizona in July! 106 in the shade! We made out okay the first week because we had a nice air-conditioned timeshare in Phoenix. But for the 2nd week we had planned to go camping! We had all our gear in a duffle bag, ready to set up camp – in the hot sun!

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Chart: Comparing Boston's Population to Boston's Number of Churches

What is happening in Boston?

     
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