The article opens with a look at one particular church, but later points out that the number of Evangelicals have grown ten fold during the past 50 years
But the [megachurch] is growing. Sunday services top 6,000 attendees on a regular basis. In fact, French scholars say, evangelicalism is likely the fastest-growing religion in France – defying all stereotypes about Europe’s most secular nation.
The reasons are manifold: growing minority populations in France from Africa and Asia are less strictly secular and more religious. Evangelicals offer a “friendlier” and less hierarchical model of worship, with more community warmth and room for emotive expression. Leaders say they “speak to the heart” in a Europe preoccupied with wealth and worldliness, and provide a haven in times of harsh economic setbacks.
“France itself is changing, and this is a reflection of this transition,” says Sebastian Fath, a researcher at France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and an expert on evangelicalism.
Mr. Fath makes a controversial claim: that the growth of Evangelicalism is in some sense a rejection of Catholicism. He points to the egalitarian nature of French society, and states: "The French want to be Christian, but are fed up with authority in churches.”