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Sub-Saharan Africa Claims Growing Share of Christian Population

More than 40 percent of all Christians will live in Africa by 2060.

Influence Magazine on May 4, 2017

Four decades from now, one in four Christians will live in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a recent report from Pew Research Center.

Even as Pew projects Christianity’s decline in many parts of the world, including Europe and North America, the report says representation in sub-Saharan Africa will increase from 26 percent of the global Christian population in 2015 to 42 percent in 2060.

Every day, 50 new churches are planted in Africa.

Pew researchers base these predictions on birth rates, average ages of adherents in each region of the world, and the rate at which people in declining areas are leaving the faith.

Sub-Saharan Africa will also claim a larger share of the world’s Muslim population, with 27 percent of all Muslims living in the region by 2060 (up from 16 percent in 2015), according to the report.

Assemblies of God World Missions reports that AG church growth is flourishing on the African continent.

“Amidst the pressures of war, disease, food and water shortages, religious extremism and poverty, the gospel is spreading and God is building His church,” reports Africa’s Hope, a ministry of AG World Missions. “Every day, 50 new churches are planted. Over the past 25 years, the Assemblies of God in Africa has grown from two million in 1990 to over 18 million adherents. Those believers amount to 73,000 congregations.”

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