The New Shape of Christianity

From Skye Jethani, concerning the state of Christianity in the world:

  • Today there are more missionaries from Brazil engaged in crosscultural ministry than fromBritain or Canada.
  • There are over 10,000 foreign Christian workers serving in Britain, France, Germany and Italy–and more than 35,000 in the U.S. Most of the missionaries in Britain are from Africa and Asia.
  • “This past Sunday it is possible that more Christian believers attended church in China than in all of so-called ‘Christian Europe.’”
  • “This past Sunday more Presbyterians were in church in Ghana than in Scotland.”
  • “Today, the largest Christian congregation in Europe is in Kiev, and it is pastored by a Nigerian of Pentecostal background.”
  • “More than half of all Christian adherents in the whole history of the church have been alive in the last one hundred years. Close to half of Chrisitan believers who have ever lived are alive right now.”
  • In 1900, over 80 percent of the Christian population was Caucasian and over 70 percent lived in Europe. Now, according to historian Dana Robert, “The typical late twentieth-century Christian was no longer a European man but a Latin American or African Woman.”

(HT: Z)

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3 Comments

  • jonathan says:

    oh man…I totally geek out on stats like this. Thanks for making my day.

    Whether you agree with the man or not, Tony Campolo recently did a 3 part podcast on the state of the Evangelical church and where it is heading. I didn’t agree with all of his conclusions, but it was still really interesting.

    Hope you all are doing well!

  • Marcy Hallden says:

    I believe it! And to think America thinks God is “their Mascot”!!

  • Michael K. says:

    Glad to help you geek out, Jonathan. And I’ll say this about Campolo – love him or hate him (cause it seems there’s not much middle ground), the guy provokes thought and discussion everywhere he goes.

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