Christianity is an evangelical Christian magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom by Christian Communications Partnership (CCP) Ltd.
Christianity started life as Buzz, a black and white newsletter printed in London. It was formed by those affiliated with the coffee house scene of the late 1960s, who saw the rise of popular music as a way of expressing their charismatic faith. Its readership consisted predominantly of Christian believers in their twenties.
Under editor Peter Meadows, the circulation grew to 35,000 readers by the 1970s and began printing partly in colour. By the 1980s the title of the magazine had changed to 21st Century Christian. Previous editor John Buckeridge joined in 1989 and the magazine maintained its strong emphasis on charismatic faith and providing resources to youth workers. This emphasis developed further during the 1990s when, under the new title Alpha, the magazine started producing an supplement insert called Youthwork, aimed at youth leaders. Pioneered by John Buckeridge, this supplement grew and soon became a separate bi-monthly title, printing its first edition in 1992. By the mid 1990s it was being printed monthly.
In 1996 Alpha and Youthwork were bought out by Trinity Square. Alpha was re-branded Christianity. In 1999 both Christianity and Youthwork were bought by Premier Media Group under the company name CCP Ltd. In 2001 Renewal magazine was also bought by CCP Ltd, a title that had formed during the charismatic church movement that had emerged during the second half of the century in reaction to a fall in general church attendance.
With John Buckeridge as editor, the two magazines merged to form Christianity & Renewal magazine. In 2004 the title reverted back to Christianity. The current editor is Ruth Dickinson.
CCP Ltd aims to inform, encourage and equip the church for action by creating relevant and targeted printed and multimedia resources.
CCP Ltd is owned by Premier Media Group. In addition to Christianity, CCP Ltd publishes two other monthly titles – Youthwork and Childrenswork.
Christianity aims to provide news and articles for Christians and those interested in the Christian faith from across the denominational spectrum. Most of its readers are from the evangelical and/or charismatic traditions and, although focused on a UK audience, CCP Ltd welcomes overseas subscribers to all its titles.
With a current readership of 30,000 Christianity is seen as the UK’s primary non-denominational evangelical magazine.