Christianity Is Growing but It Is Shifting

The center of Christianity has shifted from the north to the global south, as Christian populations in Asia, Africa, and Latin American continue to explode. While 80% of Christians were located in North America and Europe a century ago, they are now only 40%, while Latin America and Africa account for 1 billion Christians. One out of four Christians in the world lives in Africa. Asia will also see significant Christian growth.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Christianity isn’t declining worldwide, and this should give American church leaders pause in considering the future planning.

  • Church Growth Strategies: The church is growing and most numerous throughout Africa and Latin America, but are American churches, struggling with decline, willing to listen to these churches?
  • New Global Church Leaders: Church leadership is going to shift from the global north to the global south, but will church leaders in North America and Europe be ready to listen?
  • Local Evangelism Matters: With so many leaving the American church or declaring themselves as “religious nones,” local evangelism is now more important than ever.

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