Christian world missions timeline

A year-by-year look at Church history from the perspective of its global expansion

"World missions is incredibly tied in to the story of the Bible. Moreover, it represents the main theme: Christ's mission to save us and our mission to pass that on to others." -- Anthony Collison

Note: Earliest dates on this timeline of the spread of Christianity must all be considered "approximate."

Not every year has something connected to it. If you know of something for one of the missing years, let me know. I'll be glad to add it. It needs to be said that I'm part of the Church of the Nazarene. So, that's the reason events connected with my "tribe" appear here and there in this chronological unfolding of gospel outreach.

    -- compiled by Howard Culbertson

"The stories of missionaries, like William Carey, Robert Morrison, and J. Hudson Taylor left me questioning the depth of my own faith and passion for seeing others come to Christ. I want faith like they had -- unwavering faith -- and a passion for the lost." -- Kaitlin S., chilldren's pastor

What happened in Great Commision fulfillment on specific days of the year?

For "what happened today in missionary history?"

January   |    February   |    March   |    April   |   May   |   June   |   July   |   August   |   September   |   October   |   November   |   December

Missions history class resources:    Evangelizing the Barbarians     Black Americans involvement in world evangelism     Missions history crossword puzzle     Exam study guides     Historic missions slogans     Historical overview     Monastic missionary strategy     Nazarene missions history     NMI history     PowerPoint: Epochs of missions history     World evangelism from 1600 to the present     Course syllabus    It happened today in missions history    Evangelizing the Vikings     William Borden's story

10/40 Window     Seeking God's will?    African martyr's commitment     Mision trip fund-raising    Way to ruin mission trips   Nazarene Missions International resources