State of The World
World Population: 6.5 billion people.
One third of earth's people call themselves Christians.
680 million (11.5%) are Evangelicals or Bible reading Christians.
Of the world's 15,958 Major People Groups, 6,415 (numbering 1.8 billion persons) are considered Unreached - though Christian work occurs among most of them. (www.joshuaproject.net)
Numbers of major religions:
2.0 Billion - Christians
680 Million - Evangelicals
1.3 Billion - Muslims
350 Million - Buddhists
1.0 Billion - Roman Catholics
340 Million - Chinese Folk Religions
900 Million - Hindus
250 Million - Tribal Religions
875 Million - Atheists & Non-religious
17 Million - Jews
Annual Growth Rates:
World population 1.6%
All Christians 2.6%
Roman Catholics 1.2%
Pentecostals and Charismatics 10%
There are an estimated 6,400 unreached people groups worldwide, which still need missionaries to plant Christ's church among them.
Most of the unreached people groups are located geographically in what some scholars call- "The 10/40 Window" - from West Africa across Asia between 10 degrees latitude north of the equator to 40 degrees north.
Within this 10/40 window are:
1. Most of the world's unreached peoples.
2. Two-thirds of the world's population, although only one-third of the earth's land area.
3. The heart of the Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist religions.
4. Eight out of ten of the poorest of the world's poor enduring the world's lowest quality of living.
5. Only 2.4% of the world's missionary force and 0.01% of the income of the world's Christians.
While some of these unreached people groups are scattered among various world cultures, the majority of them are primarily in five major cultural blocks: (http://www.joshuaproject.net/globalstatistics.php)
(1) 3,276 unreached Muslim groups. Over 1.3 billion individuals are Muslims. One sixth of the world's population.
(2) 2,550 unreached tribal groups. Only about 140 million individuals.
(3) 2,425 unreached Hindu groups. They comprise a population of about 900 million individuals.
(4) 450 unreached Mandarin Chinese groups. In which live 793 million individuals.
(5) 552 unreached Buddhist groups. About 375 million individuals are in these groups.
Over two billion people live in these unreached people groups and every day some 50,000 of them perish without having heard the Gospel. That is about 26 million a year.
22 million internationals visit the US each year. Of these, some 7050,000 are university students from 220 countries 25% of which prohibit Christian missionaries. 80% of those students will return to their countries having never been invited to an American home.
-40% of the world's 220 Heads of State once studied in the US.
-60% of international students come from the 10/40 window.
-10% of international students are reached by ministries while in the United States.
Worldwide Christian churches devote more than 85% of their resources on our own development. That is, only 15% of this arsenal of personnel, finance, prayer, and tools goes to bless unreached people groups.
In the U.S., the picture is even bleaker. According to the Bibles for All World Prayer Map, American Christians spend 95% of offerings on home-based ministry, 4.5% on cross-cultural efforts in already-reached people groups, and 0.5% to reach the unreached.
American evangelicals could provide all of the funds needed to plant a church in each of the 6,400 people groups with only 0.2% of their income.
If all the missionaries needed came from this country, less than 0.5% of evangelicals aged 18 - 35 could form the teams required.
There are 430,000 Missionaries from all branches of Christendom. Only between 2 and 3% of these missionaries work among unreached peoples. 140,000 Protestant Missionaries. 64,000 Protestant Missionaries from the US.
Distribution of Protestant Missionaries among cultural blocks
74% Among Nominal Christians
3% Among Buddhists
8% Among Tribal Peoples
2% Among Hindus
6% Among Muslims
2% Among Chinese Folk Religions
4% Among Non-Religious/Atheists
1% Among Jewish Peoples
Global Church Member Finance (in US Dollars)
12.3 Trillion - Total Annual Income
213 Billion - Giving to Christian Causes (1.73% of total income)
11.4 Billion - To Foreign Missions (5.4% of giving to Christian causes)
87% of foreign mission money goes for work among those already Christian
12% for work among evangelized non-Christians
1% for work among the unevangelized.
The Church has over 100 times the resources needed to plant native churches in these people groups.
Persecution and the global Church
Active persecution of Christians takes place in: Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, North Korea, Laos, Vietnam, China, Iran, Morocco, Libya, Egypt and Algeria.
Over 160,000 believers will be martyred this year.
US missionaries make up only 30% of the world's missionaries.
Our slightly declining annual number is being overtaken by increased participation from Africa, Latin America and Korea.
Of those involved in missions in the US:
98% are Senders (Financial Support, Prayers, Mobilizers, Pastors)
0.5% are Servicers (Administrative, Tech Support, Training, Communication)
1.5% are Missionaries (Church Planting, Development, Tentmaking, Tribal Outreach, Health Services)
Last year alone, about 120 million people were presented the gospel for the first time.
About 1.7 billion people now listen to Christian radio or watch Christian TV on a monthly basis.
Christians now spend 388 billion man-hours every year proclaiming the gospel in evangelism.
The stats above are adapted from data by David B. Barrett and Todd M Johnson of theGlobal Evangelization Movement web site. Other portions come from Patrick Johnstone's The Church is Bigger Than You Think, Bill and Amy Stearns' Catch the Vision 2000, and the course material for Vision for the Nations published by the US Center for World Mission.
Also data used from and
Some people say that 60% of unreached people groups live in countries closed to missionaries from North America.
However, there really are no closed countries as long as that country has an airport, roads leading into it and seaports, and of course Christians who take the Great Commission seriouly.