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Doesn’t God want you to change for the better?

Personal development, a vital concern, incurs too much Christian suspicion, to the detriment of mission, says Mark Vernon

WHEN I was researching a radio programme recently about the Sunday Assembly, the remarkably successful “atheist church” that since 2013 has grown to more than 70 congregations, I came across a trick that the Church of England is missing, and that it even seems to oppose: personal development.

Alongside the Sunday Assembly’s gatherings and its commitment to social concern, it offers support and mentoring groups. The founders heard a request for self-improve­ment, and ...

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