Christian Missions Across the Globe
A recent study conducted by The Center for the Study of Global Christianity revealed the state of Christianity across the globe. Christianity is increasing in some countries while it is shrinking in others. From 1970 to 2020, the percentage of Christians in Russia is projected to increase by 45.5%. In Africa, Christianity is projected to rise by 10.6%, and in
Asia, Christianity is projected to increase by 4.7%.
The regions with the highest percentage of shrinking Christian populations are Europe, Australia/New Zealand, and North America.
At the present rate of decline, the percentage of Christians in Western Europe is projected to fall 22.8% by 2020; Australia and New Zealand by 27.8%, Canada by 28.5%, and the United States by 12.8%.
A study conducted by Dave Olsen (2008) indicated that the United States will need 6,500 new churches a year with an average of 200 people each just to keep pace with the population growth. The Christian Post reports that we are presently adding only 500 churches a year—far short of what we need.
Countries outside of the United States are noticing the shrinking percentage of Christians in America and are taking action. The country that received the most missionaries in 2010 was the United States, with 32,400 sent from other countries!
At present, the United States sends over 100,000 missionaries per year to other countries. While it is good that evangelism efforts are paying off in some countries, perhaps we need to step up our efforts in areas where Christianity in shrinking, such as Northern and Western Europe, Australia/New Zealand, and North America.
What can we do to reverse the declining trend of Christianity in the United States?