Global Missions Statistics
Prepared by Mobilization Division
U.S. Center for World Mission, Pasadena, CA
(1) WORLD POPULATION: 6.055 BILLION PEOPLE
One third of earth's people call themselves Christians.
One third of non-Christians live in already reached people groups.
One third of non-Christians live in unreached people groups.
(2) ADHERENTS OF MAJOR RELIGIONS
2.02 Billion - Christians of all kinds
1.21 Billion - Muslims
1.07 Billion - Roman Catholics
925 Million - Atheists & Nonreligious
824 Million - Hindus
657 Million - Evangelicals
364 Million - Buddhists
320 Million - Chinese Folk Religionists
231 Million - Tribal Religionists
200 Million - Other Religions
24 Million - Sikhs
14.5 Million - Jews
(3) WORLD POPULATION GROWTH RATE OF 1.6% COMPARED WITH THAT OF MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS
World population 1.6%,
All Christians 2.6%,
Roman Catholics 1.2%,
Pentecostals and Charismatics 7.3%.
425,000 Missionaries from all branches of Christendom
(Only between 2 and 3% of those missionaries work among unreached peoples.)
140,000 Protestant Missionaries
64,000 Protestant Missionaries From USA
(5) DISTRIBUTION OF PROTESTANT MISSIONARIES AMONG CULTURAL BLOCKS
74% Among Nominal Christians
8% Among Tribal Peoples
6% Among Muslims
4% Among Non-Religious/Atheists
3% Among Buddhists
2% Among Hindus
2% Among Chinese Folk Religions
1% Among Jewish Peoples
(6) GLOBAL CHURCH MEMBER FINANCE IN US DOLLARS
15,500 Billion - Total Annual Income
280 Billion - Giving to Christian Causes (1.8% of total income)
16 Billion - To Foreign Missions (5.7% of Giving to Christian causes)
TARGET GROUPS WHERE FOREIGN MISSION FUNDS ARE SPENT
~87% goes for work among those already Christian,
~12% for work among already evangelized non-Christians, and
~1% for work among people groups in the Unevangelized or Unreached category.
(7) OF 24,000 OF A WORLD TOTAL *UNIMAX PEOPLE GROUPS, 10,000 ARE UNREACHED
150 Chinese Folk Religions
(Of those Unreached, 1600 have more than 10,000 persons; 8,400 fewer than 10,000.)
(A large number of these Unreached Groups live in so called closed countries.)
(8) AVERAGE MINISTRY COST IN U.S. DOLLARS FOR EACH CONVERT'S BAPTISM
Mozambique 1400 (Least)
Ethiopia 2700 (2nd)
Nepal 3700 (5th)
Cambodia 4300 (8th)
World A: 32,000
World B: 48,000
World C 490,000
Continents: Africa 14,000
Latin America 145,000
United States $1,500,000!
* A Unimax People is a largest group within which the Gospel can spread as a church planting movement without encountering barriers of understanding or acceptance.
World A: Unevangelized
World B: Evangelized Non-Christian
World C: Christian World.
David B. Barrett and Todd M. Johnson (Global Evangelization Movement)
Luis Bush and Beverly Pegues ("The Move of the Holy Spirit in the 10/40 Window")
Patrick Johnstone ("The Church is Bigger Than You Think").
The following web sites are valuable sources of statistical, unreached people group or country information: