Mark Noll, a premiere researcher and writer in global missions, in his book The New Shape of World Christianity, writes some amazing facts that everyone should know about the global Christian status:
- Active Christians adherence has become stronger in Africa than in Europe
- The number of practicing Christians in China may be approaching the number in the United States.
- Live bodies in church are far more numerous in Kenya than in Canada
- More Christian workers from Brazil are active in cross cultural ministry outside their homelands than from Britain or from Canada.
- Last Sunday…more Christian believers attended church in China than in all of so-called Christian Europe.
- Last Sunday, more Presbyterians were in church in Ghana than in Scotland.
- At the beginning of the 20th century, Europeans dominated the world church, with approximately 70.6% of the world’s Christian population. By 1938, on the eve of World War II, the apparent European domination of Protestantism and Catholicism remained strong. Yet by the end of the 20th century, the European percentage of world Christianity had shrunk to 28% of the total; Latin America and Africa combined provided 43% of the world’s Christians.
- In 1990, Africa had 10 million Christians representing about 10 percent of the population; by 2000, this figure had grown to 360 million, representing about half of the population. Quantitatively, this may well be the largest shift in religious affiliation that has ever occurred, anywhere,