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Vol. 39, No. 1
January 2015
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Status of Global Christianity, 2015, in the Context of 1900–2050

1900 1970 2000 Annual
Trend (%)
mid-2015 2025 2050
GLOBAL POPULATION
1. Total population 1,619,625,000 3,691,173,000 6,127,700,000 1.12 7,324,782,000 8,083,413,000 9,550,945,000
2. Adult population (over 15) 1,073,646,000 2,304,100,000 4,280,900,000 1.59 5,420,681,000 6,101,720,000 7,516,484,000
3. Adults, % literate 27.6 63.8 76.7 0.37 81.1 84.3 88.0
GLOBAL CITIES
4. Cities over 1 million (megacities) 20 144 361 2.21 501 616 880
5. Urban population (%) 14.4 36.7 46.7 1.05 54.6 58.2 67.3
6. Urban poor 100 million 650 million 1,400 million 3.09 2,210 million 3,000 million 6,400 million
7. Slum dwellers 20 million 260 million 700 million 3.36 1,150 million 1,600 million 3,700 million
GLOBAL RELIGION
8. Religious diversity (0–1, 1=most diverse) 0.27 0.43 0.45 -0.06 0.45 0.45 0.44
9. Religionists 1,616,370,000 2,983,012,000 5,330,961,000 1.32 6,493,515,000 7,249,030,000 8,738,368,000
10. Christians (total, all kinds) 558,131,000 1,230,548,000 1,988,399,000 1.32 2,419,221,000 2,727,172,000 3,437,236,000
11. Muslims 199,818,000 571,205,000 1,288,489,000 1.88 1,703,146,000 2,010,408,000 2,678,227,000
12. Hindus 202,973,000 464,184,000 815,787,000 1.26 984,532,000 1,066,463,000 1,183,629,000
13. Buddhists 126,956,000 234,909,000 452,185,000 0.94 520,002,000 564,760,000 575,769,000
14. Chinese folk-religionists 379,974,000 227,577,000 431,396,000 0.34 453,868,000 453,325,000 410,498,000
15. Ethnoreligionists 117,437,000 168,630,000 217,832,000 1.19 260,240,000 265,317,000 274,972,000
16. New Religionists 5,986,000 39,382,000 62,017,000 0.32 65,057,000 64,168,000 60,368,000
17. Sikhs 2,962,000 10,678,000 20,418,000 1.41 25,208,000 29,217,000 34,375,000
18. Jews 12,292,000 13,500,000 13,745,000 0.37 14,532,000 15,000,000 15,500,000
19. Nonreligionists 3,255,000 708,161,000 796,739,000 0.28 831,267,000 834,382,000 812,576,000
20. Agnostics 3,029,000 543,004,000 659,900,000 0.34 694,823,000 704,143,000 686,853,000
21. Atheists 226,000 165,156,000 136,839,000 -0.02 136,444,000 130,239,000 125,723,000
GLOBAL CHRISTIANITY
22. Total Christians, % of world 34.5 33.3 32.4 0.19 33.4 33.7 36.0
23. Affiliated Christians (church members) 521,683,000 1,119,481,000 1,889,261,000 1.35 2,309,108,000 2,610,161,000 3,310,498,000
24. Christian martyrs per year (10-year average) 34,400 377,000 160,000 -3.76 90,000 100,000 100,000
25. Christians, % living in countries ≥80% Christian 95.0 76.0 60.3 -0.91 52.6 52.4 48.0
MAJOR CHRISTIAN TRADITIONS
26. Roman Catholics 266,566,000 664,938,000 1,047,224,000 1.13 1,239,267,000 1,343,831,000 1,632,823,000
27. Protestants (including Anglicans) 133,606,000 255,017,000 426,808,000 1.62 543,397,000 626,591,000 883,616,000
28. Independents 8,859,000 96,381,000 301,490,000 2.21 418,564,000 510,691,000 694,472,000
29. African Independents 40,000 17,569,000 76,319,000 2.38 108,636,000 135,341,000 191,259,000
30. Asian Independents 1,906,000 16,494,000 94,270,000 2.99 146,586,000 188,757,000 289,728,000
31. European Independents 185,000 8,299,000 17,680,000 1.90 23,444,000 27,647,000 34,062,000
32. Latin American Independents 33,000 9,452,000 32,744,000 1.97 43,843,000 52,428,000 66,876,000
33. Northern American Independents 6,672,000 44,022,000 79,524,000 1.18 94,821,000 105,074,000 110,803,000
34. Oceanian Independents 22,000 544,000 956,000 1.72 1,234,000 1,443,000 1,744,000
35. Orthodox 115,855,000 144,067,000 256,628,000 0.66 283,185,000 288,898,000 293,987,000
36. Unaffiliated Christians 36,448,000 111,066,000 99,139,000 0.70 110,113,000 117,012,000 126,738,000
MOVEMENTS WITHIN GLOBAL CHRISTIANITY
37. Evangelicals 80,912,000 105,958,000 239,565,000 2.13 328,582,000 400,076,000 581,134,000
38. Pentecostals/Charismatics 981,000 62,674,000 460,529,000 2.26 643,661,000 795,734,000 1,091,314,000
GLOBAL CHRISTIAN DISTRIBUTION
39. Africa (5 regions) 8,736,000 114,785,000 359,245,000 2.78 541,816,000 704,003,000 1,207,833,000
40. Asia (4 regions) 20,774,000 91,585,000 271,420,000 2.19 375,905,000 464,797,000 598,589,000
41. Europe (including Russia; 4 regions) 368,254,000 467,266,000 546,448,000 0.16 559,900,000 546,065,000 501,488,000
42. Latin America (3 regions) 60,027,000 262,919,000 481,355,000 1.20 575,464,000 628,336,000 702,896,000
43. Northern America (1 region) 59,570,000 168,472,000 209,585,000 0.67 231,499,000 239,501,000 266,038,000
44. Oceania (4 regions) 4,323,000 14,463,000 21,178,000 1.08 24,892,000 27,459,000 33,654,000
CHURCH ORGANIZATION
45. Denominations 1,600 18,800 34,200 1.85 45,000 55,000 70,000
46. Congregations 400,000 1,416,000 3,400,000 1.59 4,309,000 7,500,000 9,000,000
CHRISTIAN MISSION
47. National workers (citizens) 2,100,000 4,600,000 10,900,000 0.64 12,000,000 14,000,000 17,000,000
48. Foreign missionaries 62,000 240,000 420,000 -0.32 400,000 550,000 700,000
49. Foreign-mission sending agencies 600 2,200 4,000 1.63 5,100 6,000 7,500
50. Non-Christians who know a Christian (%) 4.3 10.5 13.6 0.24 14.1 14.8 15.4
URBAN MISSION
51. Global urban population 232,695,000 1,353,274,000 2,864,278,000 2.18 3,957,725,000 4,702,865,000 6,432,512,000
52. Christian urban population 159,600,000 660,800,000 1,223,415,000 1.64 1,560,439,000 1,800,195,000 2,028,925,000
53. Megacities under 50% Christian 5 65 226 1.53 284 357 450
54. New non-Christian urban dwellers per day 5,200 51,100 129,000 0.25 134,000 137,000 164,000
CHRISTIAN FINANCE (in US$, per year)
55. Personal income of church members 270 billion 4,100 billion 17,000 billion 3.69 42,000 billion 60,000 billion 150,000 billion
56. Giving to Christian causes 8 billion 70 billion 300 billion 3.75 700 billion 990 billion 2,400 billion
57. Churches' income 7 billion 50 billion 120 billion 3.73 280 billion 400 billion 990 billion
58. Parachurch and institutional income 1 billion 20 billion 180 billion 3.76 420 billion 590 billion 1,420 billion
59. Ecclesiastical crime 300,000 5,000,000 18 billion 4.01 50 billion 100 billion 690 billion
60. Income of global foreign missions 200 million 3 billion 17 billion 3.79 45 billion 60 billion 150 billion
CHRISTIAN MEDIA
61. Books (titles) about Christianity 300,000 1,800,000 4,800,000 3.63 8,200,000 11,800,000 14,500,000
62. Christian periodicals (titles) 3,500 23,000 35,000 4.32 66,000 100,000 120,000
63. Bibles printed per year 5,452,600 25,000,000 53,700,000 2.91 82,600,000 110,000,000 135,000,000
64. Scriptures (including selections) printed per year 20 million 281 million 4,600 million 1.07 5,060 million 6,000 million 9,200 million
65. Bible density (copies in place) 108 million 443 million 1,400 million 1.98 1,880 million 2,280 million 3,700 million
66. Users of radio/TV/Internet 0 750 million 1,830 million 1.08 2,150 million 2,430 million 2,870 million
WORLD EVANGELIZATION
67. Unevangelized population 880,122,000 1,650,559,000 1,833,442,000 0.99 2,124,216,000 2,314,510,000 2,608,900,000
68. Unevangelized as % of world population 54.3 44.7 29.9 -0.13 29.3 28.6 27.3
69. World evangelization plans since 30 c.e. 250 510 1,500 2.89 2,300 3,000 4,000

 

 

This report was prepared by Todd M. Johnson, Gina A. Zurlo, Albert W. Hickman, and Peter F. Crossing at the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Footnotes for the “Status of Global Christianity, 2015” table can be found at www.globalchristianity.org.

 

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