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August 17, 2010 / compassioninpolitics

How much is spent on Christian missions each year?

According to World Christian Trends, Ad 30-Ad 2200: Interpreting the Annual Christian Megacensus here are two key statistics about missions:

5. Percent of Christian resources in countries that are already more than 60% Christian – 91%.
Percent spent in countries where less than half the people have EVER heard of Jesus – 0.03%.

6. It is estimated that Christians worldwide spend around $8 BILLION dollars PER YEAR going to the more than 500 conferences to TALK about missions. That’s more than HALF the total spent DOING missions.

(8 Billion x 2 is $16 Billion. You might however consider that $24 billion depending on your intrepretation)

David B. Barrett, Todd M. Johnson, Christopher Guidry, and Peter Crossing.

Note: I don’t know where they collected their data or method they used to do so. So you might treat this as a guestimation of that information until you know for sure. ,

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  1. Darin / Aug 19 2010 2:16 pm

    thanks for the information.

  2. compassioninpolitics / Aug 19 2010 6:40 pm

    Glad it helped Darin,

    Its wonderful that people are donating. However, this is a tragic situation to the extent that–money is arguably mismanaged.

    I think a Church working group or alliance should be formed to ensure that money is well spent on missions. Throwing money down a whole is not the way we become good stewards to money.

    This also suggests that a strategic reassessment of missions based on “effectiveness” could really have a huge impact.

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