Statistics: The 21st century world

How many unreached countries are there? Where are missions resources going?

Global population16,986,951,000
Births per minute266
Deaths per minute108
Population of unreached people groups (billions)2.842
Five largest countries (populations in millions)1
Major Religions3
Christians 2.3 billion
Muslims1.6 billion
Hindus952 million
Nonreligious658 million
Buddhists468 million
Chinese folk-religionists458 million
Ethnoreligionists269 million
Major traditional branches of Christianity3
Roman Catholics1.2 billion
Protestants426 million
Independents378 million
Orthodox271 million
Anglicans88 million
Christians by continent3
Africa475 million
Asia354 million
Europe559 million
Latin America543 million
Northern America231 million
Oceania24 million
ABCs of Global Missions
World A
Unreached people — 24% of the world's population; receives one-half of 1% of dollars given to Christian missions
World B
Evangelized non-Christians — 43% of the world's population; receives 5% of dollars given to Christian missions
World C
Professing Christians — 33% of the world's population; receives 94.5% of dollars given to Christian missions
Evangelization by Worlds A, B, and C
By individuals
World C1,999,564,000
World B2,426,110,000
World A1,629,375,000
By countries
World C countries141
World B countries59
World A "unreached" countries38
Global Christian finance (in U.S. dollars)5
Est. personal income of church members$15.5 trillion
Giving to Christian causes,$280 billion
Ecclesiastical crime (embezzlement and other)$16 billion
Income of global foreign missions$16 billion
Christian workers
National workers (all denominations)12 million3
Number of women in full-time ministry worldwide 4.4 million6
Foreign missionaries443,0006
Scripture distribution (all sources)
Bibles per year100 million7
Languages with at least a portion of Scripture2,2386
Christian evangelism
Evangelism hours per year162 billion3
Disciple-opportunities per capita per year1663

Statistical data sources:

What can you do?

NextWhat can you do to reach those still unreached? [ read more ]

SNU missions course materials and syllabi

Cultural Anthropology    Introduction to Missions    Linguistics    Missions Strategies    Modern Missionary Movement (History of  Missions)    Nazarene Missions    Church Growth and Christian Missions    Theology of Missions    Traditional Religions    World Religions
  Top of page| My Home Page | Master List\Index| |SNU Missions Program |Scripture index

Howard Culbertson, 5901 NW 81st, Oklahoma City, OK 73132  |  Phone: 405-740-4149 - Fax: 405-491-6658

Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. When you use this material, an acknowledgment of the source would be appreciated.