Bigger than you think!
‘People will come from east and west and north and south. They will take their places at the feast in God’s kingdom.’
The Christian church is bigger than you think! Over 2000 year since Jesus chose his small band of disciples in the Roman province of Judea, it has grown into a family of over two billion believers, who today can be found in every country in the world.
In 2020, Christianity had approximately 2.5 billion followers (worldwide population of about 7.8 billion). This represents nearly one-third of the world’s population and the largest groups of Christians being:
- The Catholic Church (This is the largest denomination with 1:3 billion baptised members)
- The Easter Orthodox Church
Today, groups of Christian believers can be found meeting for worship across the world in many different types of churches, from ornate cathedrals to tin tabernacles and in a wide variety of locations from megacities such as Seoul in South Korea to villages on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and among all manner of ethnic groups and cultures, from nomadic tribesmen of Mongolia to Sudanese refuges in Egypt.
Among each people group, the Christian message is received, interpreted and enculturated.
Clearly no single expression of this dynamic faith is enough to say everything about the person and work of Jesus, and that is why each manifestation of global Christianity is needed.
There are many denominations of Christians. Some of them are closely linked and some are very different. Here are some of them: Catholics, Protestants, Baptists, Methodists, Orthodox Christians, Quakers, Unitarians, Plymouth Brethren and Adventists.
On the world map, the purple shading shows the countries with Christianity as a religion.