Great Commission Christians

Great Commission Christians

Globally there are 1.2 billion people who call themselves Christians and who share their faith. There are 500 million Christians committed to acting on the mandate to "bless all the peoples" -sometimes called the "Great Commission Christians". This number grows at an average rate of 6.9% per year, which is faster than the global population rate. For example, while world population has doubled since 1950, the number of Great Commission Christians has grown more than six times in the same period. About 100 million evangelical believers worldwide are young people. Just one-tenth of 1% of these would field a force of 100,000 new missionaries - the missions force needed to send church-planting teams to each of the remaining unreached people groups. Worldwide, Great Commission Christians earn $2.5 trillion in disposable income. We give about $8 billion annually to missions - about one-third of 1% of our disposable income. To send a mission force of an additional 100,000 to the unreached peoples of the world would require about $1.25 billion more - about one-twentieth of one percent. There are 7 million Great Commission churches in 23,500 denominations in the world. This means there are about 583 congregations that could adopt each remaining unreached people group for prayer, giving and sending missionaries. The world is home to about 170 million believers who daily pray for salvation to come to all people groups.

  • 20 million believers are engaged in full-time prayer ministries.
  • There are at least 3 million full-time Great Commission workers.
  • 30,000 Christians work full-time in broadcasting the Gospel in cross-cultural mission efforts.
  • About 4.6 billion of the world's population receives Gospel radio broadcasts in their own mother tongue.
  • 25,000 thousand are involved in leadership positions in Great Commission efforts to bless every nation with the Gospel.
  • There are at this time 3,970 mission agencies, 285,250 career missionaries, 180,000 short-term missionaries and 400 Great Commission research centers worldwide.
  • One thousand of the mission agencies are new Third World organizations.
  • Annually 2,500 mass evangelism campaigns broadcast the Gospel.
  • More than 11,000 evangelistic items are produced each year; about 23,800 Christian periodicals proclaim the Good News; over 51 million Bibles are distributed yearly.

The stats above are adapted from data by David B. Barrett and Todd M Johnson of the Global Evangelization Movement web site. Other portions come from Patrick Johnstone's The Church is Bigger Than You Think, Bill and Amy Stearns' Catch the Vision 2000, and the course material for Vision for the Nations published by the US Center for World Mission.