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Global Christianity:


                          A Rapidly Shifting Landscape




                          Growth Rate of Christianity, 1970-2020


                          At the turn of the 20th century, only 18% of the world’s
                          Christians lived in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In 1980,
                          the majority share shifted, and more Christians were
                          found in the Majority World than in the West for the first            WESTERN EUROPE
                          time in 1,000 years. By 2050, it is estimated that 73% of
                          the world’s Christians will live in the Majority World.
                                                                                                  1970               2020

                                                                                                 147 M              126 M
                                                                                                 CHRISTIANS          CHRISTIANS












                                      In 1970, there were nearly 30 million more
                                      Christians in North America (211m) than in
                                   South America (183m). As of 2020, there are now
                                   130 million more Christians in South America
                                       (397m) than in North America (267m).



                                                                                        In West Africa, the small
                       SOUTH AMERICA                                                 country of Benin has seen the

                                                                                      church grow from 500,000
                                                                                       believers in 1970 to over
                     1970                 2020                                       900% increase in fifty years.
                                                                                       five million in 2020 — a
                    183 M                397 M
                    CHRISTIANS           CHRISTIANS                                     WEST AFRICA





                                                                                   1970                 2020

                                                                                   30 M                147 M

                                                                                  CHRISTIANS           CHRISTIANS



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