International Bulletin

of Missionary Research

Vol. 36, No. 1
January 2012
pp. 28–29
 

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Status of Global Mission, 2012, in the Context of AD 1800–2025

1800 1900 1970 mid-2000 Trend
% p.a.
24-hour
change
mid-2012 2025
GLOBAL POPULATION
1. Total population 903,650,000 1,619,625,000 3,696,189,000 6,122,770,000 1.18 229,000 7,052,132,000 8,002,979,000
2. Urban dwellers (urbanites) 36,147,000 232,695,000 1,342,451,000 2,849,489,000 2.02 200,000 3,620,811,000 4,549,674,000
3. Rural dwellers 867,504,000 1,386,930,000 2,353,738,000 3,273,281,000 0.39 29,000 3,431,321,000 3,453,305,000
4. Adult population (over 15s) 619,000,000 1,073,646,000 2,312,042,000 4,272,601,000 1.61 228,000 5,175,954,000 6,087,748,000
5. Literates 123,800,000 296,153,000 1,476,151,000 3,275,110,000 2.17 252,000 4,238,241,000 5,131,500,000
6. Nonliterates 495,200,000 777,493,000 835,891,000 997,491,000 -0.51 -24,000 937,713,000 956,248,000
WORLDWIDE EXPANSION OF CITIES
7. Megacities (over 1 million population) 1 20 161 402 1.92 505 650
8. Urban poor 18 million 100 million 650 million 1,400 million 3.10 172,000 2,020 million 3,000 million
9. Urban slum dwellers 3 million 20 million 260 million 700 million 3.35 96,000 1,040 million 1,600 million
GLOBAL POPULATION BY RELIGION
10. Christians (total all kinds) (=World C) 204,980,000 558,131,000 1,229,238,000 1,991,602,000 1.30 83,000 2,325,507,000 2,727,153,000
11. Muslims 90,500,000 199,818,000 577,039,000 1,279,859,000 1.79 78,000 1,583,783,000 1,951,389000
12. Hindus 108,000,000 202,973,000 463,215,000 821,948,000 1.39 37,000 969,602,000 1,108,202,000
13. Nonreligious (agnostics) 300,000 3,029,000 542,632,000 666,060,000 -0.06 -1,100 661,288,000 636,826,000
14. Buddhists 69,400,000 126,956,000 235,095,000 418,963,000 1.03 13,400 473,818,000 546,590,000
15. Chinese folk-religionists 310,000,000 380,174,000 228,822,000 434,638,000 0.60 7,700 467,216,000 479,302,000
16. Ethnoreligionists 92,000,000 117,437,000 168,801,000 234,664,000 1.00 7,300 264,552,000 256,530,000
17. Atheists 10,000 226,000 165,506,000 140,001,000 -0.20 -800 136,642,000 132,342,000
18. New Religionists (Neoreligionists) 0 5,986,000 39,382,000 61,321,000 0.25 400 63,220,000 64,108,000
19. Sikhs 1,800,00 2,962,000 10,678,000 20,542,000 1.51 1,000 24,585,000 29,326,000
20. Jews 9,000,000 12,292,000 15,045,000 13,744,000 0.69 300 14,921,000 16,004,000
21. Non-Christians (=Worlds A and B) 698,670,000 1,061,494,000 2,466,951,000 4,131,168,000 1.13 146,000 4,726,625,000 5,275,826,000
GLOBAL CHRISTIANITY
22. Total Christians as % of world (=World C) 22.7 34.5 33.3 32.5 0.11 33.0 34.1
23. Affiliated Christians (church members) 195,680,000 521,683,000 1,119,824,000 1,886,698,000 1.33 80,000 2,209,645,000 2,607,894,000
24. Church attenders 180,100 469,303,000 885,777,000 1,359,420,000 1.04 44,000 1,539,066,000 1,760,568,000
25. Evangelicals 25,000,000 71,728,000 95,106,000 228,231,000 2.25 18,000 289,016,000 393,478,000
26. Great Commission Christians 21,000,000 77,924,000 276,680,000 603,989,000 1.20 23,000 697,089,000 837,687,000
27. Pentecostals/Charismatics/Neocharismatics 10,000 981,000 62,634,000 460,108,000 2.41 40,000 612,314,000 828,427,000
28. Christian martyrs per year (10-year average) 2,500 34,400 377,000 160,000 -3.84 270 100,000 150,000
MEMBERSHIP BY 6 ECCLESIASTICAL MEGABLOCS
29. Roman Catholics 106,430,000 266,566,000 664,987,000 1,043,333,000 1.09 35,000 1,187,637,000 1,323,199,000
30. Protestants 400,000 103,028,000 208,304,000 353,401,000 1.71 20,000 432,896,000 532,301,000
31. Independents 30,980,000 7,931,000 84,622,000 271,426,000 2.35 23,000 358,611,000 496,164,000
32. Orthodox 55,220,000 115,855,000 144,497,000 257,109,000 0.62 5,000 276,891,000 291,712,000
33. Anglicans 11,910,000 30,578,000 47,408,000 74,892,000 1.52 4,000 89,716,000 112,983,000
34. Marginal Christians 40,000 928,000 11,121,000 29,009,000 1.97 2,000 36,679,000 50,821,000
MEMBERSHIP BY 6 CONTINENTS, 21 UN REGIONS
35. Africa (5 regions) 4,330,000 8,736,000 115,879,000 357,109,000 2.61 35,000 486,695,000 681,825,000
36. Asia (4 regions) 8,350,000 20,774,000 91,330,000 274,792,000 2.26 22,000 359,373,000 484,433,000
37. Europe (including Russia; 4 regions) 171,700,000 368,254,000 466,987,000 547,998,000 0.21 3,000 562,087,000 560,961,000
38. Latin America (3 regions) 14,900,000 60,027,000 262,793,000 477,058,000 1.18 18,000 549,075,000 612,812,000
39. Northern America (1 region) 5,600,000 59,570,000 168,372,000 208,650,000 0.63 4,000 224,930,000 239,752,000
40. Oceania (4 regions) 100,000 4,323,000 14,464,000 21,092,000 1.21 1,000 24,356,000 28,111,000
CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATIONS
41. Denominations 500 1,600 18,700 34,100 1.95 2.3 43,000 55,000
42. Congregations (worship centers) 150,000 400,000 1,416,000 3,400,000 2.80 360 4,738,000 7,500,000
43. Service agencies 600 1,500 14,100 23,000 1.95 1.5 29,000 36,000
44. Foreign-mission sending agencies 200 600 2,200 4,000 1.71 0.2 4,900 6,000
CONCILIARISM: ONGOING COUNCILS OF CHURCHES
45. Confessional councils (CWCs, at world level) 20 40 150 310 1.25 360 600
46. National councils of churches 0 19 283 598 1.50 710 870
CHRISTIAN WORKERS (clergy, laypersons)
47. Nationals (citizens; all denominations) 900,000 2,100,000 4,600,000 10,900,000 0.98 328 12,249,000 14,000,000
48. Men 800,000 1,900,000 3,100,000 6,540,000 0.92 185 7,302,000 8,000,000
49. Women 100,000 200,000 1,500,000 4,360,000 1.06 143 4,947,000 6,000,000
50. Aliens (foreign missionaries) 25,000 62,000 240,000 420,000 -0.06 -1 417,000 550,000
CHRISTIAN FINANCE (in US$, per year)
51. Personal income of church members 40 billion 270 billion 4,100 billion 17,000 billion 5.38 87 billion 31,890 billion 50,000 billion
52. Giving to Christian causes 1 billion 8 billion 70 billion 300 billion 5.47 1.6 billion 569 billion 890 billion
53. Churches' income 950 million 7 billion 50 billion 120 billion 5.44 620 million 227 billion 350 billion
54. Parachurch and institutional income 50 million 1 billion 20 billion 180 billion 5.49 940 million 342 billion 540 billion
55. Cost-effectiveness (cost per baptism) 7,500 17,500 128,000 330,000 7.22 151 762,000 1,470,000
56. Ecclesiastical crime 100,000 300,000 5,000,000 18 billion 5.87 100 million 35 billion 60 billion
57. Income of global foreign missions 25 million 200 million 3 billion 17 billion 5.54 90 million 32 billion 50 billion
58. Computers in Christian use (numbers) 0 0 1,000 328 million 5.45 93,000 620 million 1,300 million
CHRISTIAN LITERATURE (titles, not copies)
59. Books about Christianity 75,000 300,000 1,800,000 4,800,000 3.67 700 7,400,000 11,800,000
60. Christian periodicals 800 3,500 23,000 35,000 4.30 7 58,000 100,000
SCRIPTURE DISTRIBUTION (all sources, per year)
61. Bibles 500,000 5,452,600 25 million 53,700,000 2.91 207,000 75,800,000 110 million
62. Scriptures, including gospels, selections 1,500,000 20 million 281 million 4,600 million 1.07 14 million 4,960 million 6,000 million
63. Bible density (copies in place) 20 million 108 million 443 million 1,400 million 1.97 96,000 1,770 million 2,280 million
CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING
64. Total monthly listeners/viewers 0 0 750,000,000 1,830,000,000 1.11 64,000 2,090,000,000 2,400,000,000
CHRISTIAN URBAN MISSION
65. Non-Christian megacities 1 5 65 226 1.08 257 300
66. New non-Christian urban dwellers per day 500 5,200 51,100 119,000 0.21 0.7 122,000 125,000
67. Urban Christians 5,500,000 159,600,000 660,800,000 1,230,131,000 1.62 66,300 1,492,262,000 1,819,232,000
GLOBAL EVANGELISM (per year)
68. Evangelism-hours 600 million 5 billion 25 billion 165 billion 0.02 450 million 165 billion 300 billion
69. Hearer-hours (offers) 900 million 10 billion 99 billion 938 billion 1.92 3.2 billion 1,178 billion 3,000 billion
70. Disciple-opportunities (offers) per capita 1 6 27 153 0.72 0.5 167 375
WORLD EVANGELIZATION
71. Unevangelized population (=World A) 674,350,000 880,122,000 1,653,168,000 1,832,151,000 1.01 57,000 2,066,504,000 2,261,675,000
72. Unevangelized as % of world 74.6 54.3 44.7 29.9 -0.17 29.3 28.3
73. World evangelization plans since AD 30 160 250 510 1,500 2.84 0.2 2,100 3,000

 

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