In a country ranked fourth from the bottom in church attendance for all of Europe, one might ask why and how Precept is able to reach so many people who are interested in studying the Bible inductively. Precept’s UK National Directors Nigel and Molly Watts believe the answer is simple—people want to know Truth, and the only real Truth is found in God’s Word!.
People want to know Truth!
Although it’s been said that “the United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language,” it’s the common love for God’s Word that unites us. In 2007, several Americans accompanied Kay and David on a speaking trip to England and caught a vision for the ministry.
“That was the tipping point for the ministry in the UK,” explains Precept’s Bob Vereen, who serves as Senior Vice President for the International Ministry. “With Nigel as full-time director, they were able to really start reaching out and making the contacts needed to expand the Ministry.”
Today, Precept UK is active all over England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In two recent introductory seminars, more than 160 people were introduced to Precept and the Inductive Bible Study Method. In a place where the average church congregation is only about 80, that’s a great turnout! Students learned how they could lead small groups using Being a Disciple, Count the Real Cost from the 40-Minute Bible Study series. By the end of the seminar, they were equipped with an incredible tool for developing their relationship with God and for discipling others.
Please pray for Nigel, Molly, and the entire Precept UK team as they serve the people of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. God is using them in a great way to bring glory to Himself!Donate Online Now
There’s a spiritual crisis looming in the United Kingdom.
It’s tragic that in England, where the Bible was first translated into English by Wycliffe, Tyndale, and Coverdale, so few regularly read the Bible or attend church. We praise God for Nigel and Molly Watts who are helping to bring light to a region where God’s Word is so desperately needed.
Molly was first inspired to study and learn God’s Word by a speaker she heard at a Bible conference. She asked, “How can I learn to understand the Bible the way you do?” She was shocked to hear, “It’s impossible for you. You have young children and you have too many other things going on in your life.” Molly was heartbroken with his comments.
Later that year, Molly’s husband Nigel saw an ad for How to Study Your Bible and that’s how the couple discovered Precept Ministries International and the Inductive Bible Study Method. It was just what they’d been looking for. They quickly began doing Precept studies together, with their children, and with study groups they had formed. Because Nigel was in the British Army, the family moved often, and everywhere they went they started new Precept study groups.
“"We praise the Lord for the opportunities that He has given us just within the last month across the UK to teach people Inductive Bible Study. ”
–Nigel and Molly Watts; Directors, Precept UK
In 1998, the Watts along with two other couples first established a Precept office in Bath. Today Nigel and Molly are our National Directors of England and Wales. There are over 1,200 people studying weekly with over 170 groups. People are eager to begin studying, and new groups are starting on a weekly basis. Nigel and Molly are excited about the doors God is opening up throughout the UK.
“We praise the Lord for the opportunities that He has given us just within the last month across the UK to teach people Inductive Bible Study. From Cardiff, Wales, to Devon (SW England), to Eastbourne (SE England) to London and more recently to Salisbury, each event has provided the means for people to know our God better through the amazing resources Precept Ministries has to offer.”
God is continuing to open doors in this region. We have three Precept offices within the United Kingdom: England (& Wales), Northern Ireland and Scotland. We’re grateful for the generosity of individuals and groups who support the work of Precept around the world. Countless lives are being changed, and His Word is going forth in a profound way.Donate Online Now
It is through your prayers and God's faithfullness that we are on the verge of expanding the work of Precept like never before in the history of the Ministry. God gave us a vision to reach 10 million more people by 2015. And we can now see that it was truly His vision.
Have we met our goal? Not by a long shot. But we are well on our way, and I know God will continue to be faithful as we follow His leading. Thank you, Beloved, for hearing God's call and partnering with us in this incredible opportunity.