Majority of Global Christian Population Increasingly Non-American and Non-European

June 18, 2005

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader/The Dallas Morning News

On June 18, 2005 the The Dallas Morning News reported, "For centuries, Christianity has been primarily a white, European and North American religion. But the explosive growth of Africa and Asia, combined with the success of evangelization there, will change that forever. By 2050, it's expected that only one in five Christians worldwide will be white. And places like St. Joseph's -- a regular parish in an unremarkable Nigerian town -- will be the Christian mainstream. 'I'm sure it will be an adjustment for Americans -- they are used to being in charge,' [the Rev. Humphrey] Ani said during a brief break between services, scarfing down bread before facing thousands more parishioners. 'But I hope we can all realize we are one brotherhood before God.' There is, of course, a rich history of missionary efforts in Africa and Asia, and those efforts have been overwhelmingly successful. But even if missionaries had no further success -- if not another soul were converted to Christianity -- the sheer fact of high birth rates in the developing world would produce [a majority of non-American and non-European Christians in the next 50 years]."