Approximate Global Missions Statistics, 2002 AD

Prepared by Mobilization Division
U.S. Center for World Mission, Pasadena, CA

(1) World Population: 6.204 Billion People

33% of earth's people include Christians of all kinds.
40% of earth's people are reached (or evangelized) non-Christians.
27% of earth's people are unreached (i.e. unevangelized) non-Christians.

(2) Adherents Of Major Religions

2.05 billion - Christians of all kinds
1.24 billion- Muslims
932 million - Nonreligious and Atheists
837 million - Hindus
368 million - Buddhists
234 million - Tribals
340 million - Chinese Folk Religionists
259 million - Other Religions
104 million - New Religionists

(3) World Populations Growth Rate of 1.22% Compared with that of Muslims and Christians

Muslims 2.11%
All "Christians" 1.27%
Roman Catholics 1.24%
Evangelicals 1.72%
Protestants 1.36%
"Gt.Com. Christians" 1.44%
Pentecostals and Charismatics 1.87%.

(4) Missionaries

429,000 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) Annual 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)

15,500 Billion - Total Annual Income
300 Billion - Giving to Christian Causes (1.8% of total income)
17 Billion - To Foreign Missions (5.7% of Giving to all Christian causes)
18 Billion - Ecclesiastical Crime

Target Groups Where Foreign Mission Funds are Spent

87% goes for work among those already Christian
12% for work among already Evangelized but Non-Christian
1% for work among still Unevangelized and Unreached people groups

(7) Of the World's 24,000 Unimax* People Groups, 10,000 Are Still Unreached

3700 Muslim
2700 Hindu
2000 Tribal
1000 Buddhist
400 Other
150 Chinese Folk Religions
50 Non-Religious/Atheist
(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: Unevangelized
World B: Evangelized Non-Christian
World C: Christian World.

Average cost for World A, $32,000; for World B, $48,000; for World C, $490,000.

Continents: Africa 14,000
Asia 61,000
Latin America 145,000
Oceania 634,000
Europe 993,000
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 to understanding or acceptance.

From http://www.uscwm.org/mobilization_division/pastors_web_folder/global_mission_statistics.html

MAIN SOURCES:

World Christian Encyclopedia, 2001 and World Evangelization Resource Center, 2002.

The following web sites are valuable sources of statistical, unreached people group or country information:
http://www.ad2000.org/
http://www.gordonconwell.edu/ockenga/globalchristianity/resources.php
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html (Country Studies)

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