World Mission Update
Global Missions Statistics, 2001 AD
Prepared by Mobilization Division
U.S. Center for World Mission, Pasadena, CA
World Population
6.055 Billion People
One third call themselves Christians
One third (non-Christians) live in already
reached people groups.
One-third (non-Christians) live in unreached
people groups
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
Growth Rates
World Population – 1.6%
Muslims - 2.6%
All Christians - 2.6%
Roman Catholics - 1.2%
Protestants - 2.8%
Evangelicals - 4.7%
Pentecostals and Charismatics - 7.3%.
425,000 Missionaries from all branches of
(Only between 2 and 3% of those
missionaries work among unreached
140,000 Protestant Missionaries
64,000 Protestant Missionaries From USA
Distribution of Protestant Missionaries Among Cultural
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
15,500 Billion - Total Annual Income of
Christians Worldwide
280 Billion - Giving to Christian Causes (1.8%
of total income)
16 Billion - To Foreign Missions (5.7% of
Giving to Christian causes)
Where The $ Go
Approx. 87% goes for work among those already
Approx. 12% for work among already
evangelized non-Christians, and
Approx. 1% for work among people groups in the
Unevangelized or Unreached category.
Unimax People Groups
A Unimax People is the largest group within which the Gospel can spread
as a church planting movement without encountering barriers of
understanding or acceptance.
Of 24,000 Unimax people groups, 10,000 are 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
The 10-40 Window
A group of 50 countries
Containing 2.5 billion people
Stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean
And between 10 degrees North and 40 degrees
North latitude.
Most of the world’s unreached peoples live in
this area.
Challenges & Trends - 1
1) The Challenge Of Islam
2) India – The Next Big Frontier?
3) The Decline of Tribal Religions
Challenges & Trends - 2
The Movement Of The Church To The
Developing World
Kingdom Paradigm
Power Ministry, Prayer and Spiritual Warfare
Challenges & Trends - 3
The Global Mega-City As The
Center of Mission
The Rise of Ethnic Churches In
Global Cities
Reached To Unreached - Not West
To Rest.
Challenges & Trends - 4
10. Globalization, Labor Movements and
Opportunities for Tent-Making Minstries.
11. Partnerships To Reach UPG’s
12. House-Church Based Church-planting
13. Radio Ministry – New Unity & Plans
14. Cyber-Mission – Mission On The Internet
Worldwide Internet Population:
445.9 million (eMarketer)
533 million (Computer Industry Almanac)
Projection for 2004:
709.1 million (eMarketer)
945 million (Computer Industry Almanac)
Online Language Populations (September 2002)
English 36.5%; Chinese 10.9%, Japanese 9.7%,
Spanish 7.2%, German 6.7%, Korean 4.5%,
Italian 3.8%, French 3.5%, Portuguese 3.0%,
Russian 2.9%, Dutch 2.0% (Source: Global Reach)
Religion Online
There are over 275 million Internet searches each day and 80%
of all Internet session begin at a search engine.
Religion is one of the main topics people search for.
Pew Internet surveys found that 28 million Americans get
religion information online, that 3 million do so daily, and that 25
% of net users search for religion-related topics.
Barna Research estimates that up to 50 million Americans may
worship solely over the Internet by 2010.
There is every indication that the Internet is a major source of
religious information where people of many cultures and
languages collect their spiritual facts and opinions in private.
It’s a place where missionaries must be.
Internet Possibilities
Online evangelism using email, web pages and chat rooms.
Online counselling and mentoring.
Web-based distance education such as that provided free by the
Asian Internet Bible Institute (
Cross-cultural exposure for young people.
Using email groups to coordinate missions specialists.
Reach into “closed countries” and unreached people groups.
Evangelistic pen-pals using email.
Advocacy, mobilization and awareness raising about missions.
Your Church And The Internet
Set up a Cyber-Missions department where your young
people can get experience in cross-cultural ministry
without leaving home.
Have a church website that is deliberately evangelistic
and culturally sensitive.
Train your lay workers using online training tools so
they can train after work / at their convenience.
Use email to contact church members, missionaries etc
and have a pen-pals coordinator.
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