Evangelical Christian population has seen a profound shift

By January 4, 2006

USA (MNN/Lausanne) — Over the past 100 years, global Christianity has seen a profound southern shift in its geographical center. In 1900 over 80-percent of all Christians were from Europe and North America. The Lausanne Researchers’ Network reports the proportion has now fallen to under 45-percent.

Though the number of evangelicals worldwide is estimated to range from 250 million to 688-million people, most are increasingly found outside the western world. According to the report Africans, Asians and Latin Americans are more typical representatives of evangelicalism than Americans or Europeans. People of African descent represent 30.8 percent of all Evangelicals, while Asian and Latin American make up 15 percent and 13.2, respectively.

While the report is good news for evangelism abroad as churches are growing in these parts of the world, it also indicates that evangelicalism is on the decline in Europe and North America in terms of raw percentages.

Christians in Europe and North America are asking believers to pray for revival in these regions.

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