Approximate 2002 AD Global Mission Statistics

(IN PROCESS 07-17-’02)

(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) Population of Major Religions Plus Subgroups of Special Interest to Christians

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 – 0ther Religions
104 million – New Religionists

(3) World Population Growth, 1.22%, Compared with Muslims & Christian Subgroups

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 Missionary Funds for Support of Both Foreign Missionaries and the Home Staff who Support the Field Missionaries in the Major Religious Blocks

74% Among Nominal Christians
8% Among Tribal Peoples
6% Among Muslims
4% Among Non-Religious/Atheists
3% Among Buddihists
2% Among Hindus
2% Among Chinese Folk Religions
1% Among Jewish Peoples

(6) Annual Global Church Finance in US Dollars

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 – Eccliastical Crime

Target Groups Where Foreign Mission Funds are Spent
~87% goes for work among those already Christian, World C.
~12% for work among already Evangelized but Non-Christian, World B.
~1% for work among still Unevangelized and Unreached people groups, World C.
(or less than 1 penny of every $1,000 earned.)

(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
(1600 have each more than 10,000 persons; 8,400 fewer than 10,000 persons each.)
(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)
Average cost for World A – $32,000
for World B …………. $48,000
for World C …………. $490,000
Africa ………………. $14,000
Asia ………………… $61,000
Lat. Amer …………… $145,000
Oceania ……………… $634,000
Europe ………………. $993,000
USA …………………. $1.5 Million!

# 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.

Main Sources:

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

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

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