Resources and Downloads
Our newsletter, The Inquiry, is released twice a year. See below to view and download each! (Views best in Safari or Firefox)
Evangelicals and International Aid: Insights from a Landscape Survey of U.S. Churches
Faith-based NGOs constitute nearly 60% of all U.S.-based foreign aid organizations, and the majority of faith-based NGOs are Christian. Despite the importance of this sector, little research has been done on the role that churches play to influence the priorities of religious international development and aid programs. The CSGC partnered with researchers at Tufts University to look into this new trend in world mission. Click here to download the report.
Every year in the International Bulletin of Missionary Research we present an annual snapshot of global Christianity, which can be downloaded for free here. The table provides a statistical overview of the world’s 2.4 billion Christians and their activities.
The Center for the Study of Global Christianity released a report in 2013 outlining trends in global Christianity and mission from 1970 to 2020. The 92-page report is available as a free download here.
The Center recently collaborated with Global Mapping International to create an info graphic highlighting global trends in Christian income and giving. Click here for a PDF download of the graphic. Methodological notes for calculating Christian finance can be found here.
In March 2015 the Center celebrated 50 years of research in global Christian demography, starting with David B. Barrett in Nairobi, Kenya in 1965. To mark the event, the Center compiled a booklet highlighting our history, personnel, and activities, including a timeline of major events from 1953-2020. Click here to view and download the booklet.
Videos & Resources from our Lunch Forum Series
Every semester the Center hosts a research forum at Gordon-Conwell highlighting trends in global religious adherence. Our current series is on religious diversity.
"Humanity's Goodness: A Buddhist Perspective in a Time of Great Challenges" with guest Nick Kranz.
One of our most highly-cited figures is the average number of Christian martyrs around the world every year. The World Christian Database hosts a table outlining some key martyrdom situations from 2000-2010. The table is available for free here (and the methodology of counting martyrs is also available here).
Global Theological Education Project
The CSGC partnered with the World Council of Churches and the Institute for Cross-Cultural Theological Education to gather data and perspectives on all forms of theological education from Christian traditions all over the world. In a 21-month period more than 1,650 surveys were administered to theological educators and church leaders. Click here for the report of findings and more information on the project.
Least Evangelized Peoples
The World Christian Database houses a list of the world's largest unevangelized peoples, which includes 247 peoples over 1 million in population in the year 2015 and less than 50% evangelized. Click here for a free download of the table.
The Center for the Study of Global Christianity adheres to rigorous methodologies in order to arrive at the most accurate and reliable data.
- Methodology from the Atlas of Global Christianity
- Methodology of counting Christian martyrs
- Methodological notes for the International Bulletin of Missionary Research annual statistical table
World Christian Trends: Interpreting the annual Christian megacensus, AD 33-AD 2001
Click here to read an excerpt from World Christian Trends by Dr. David B. Barrett and Dr. Todd M. Johnson describing martyrdom through the Christian age. This chapter was cited in the January 2011 issue of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research.
Global diagrams are one-page sheets providing detailed measurements of a specific theme. Ten of the 74 global diagrams from World Christian Trends are provided here in PDF format.
GD-04. World Christian Trends across 22 centuries and companion graph 7-1
GD-15. Missionaries Ever
GD-18. Human Need
GD-23. Geopolitical-Religious Blocs
GD-24. Resources for Mission
GD-30. Enumerating Christian Traditions
GD-34. Status of World Evangelization - Worlds A, B and C
GD-41. Global Religious Change - Annual Gains and Losses
GD-62. Deployment of Missionaries - Where should foreign missionaries work?
GM-04. Trends In Evangelization and Christianization in Worlds A, B, and C countries, AD 2000.
Global Tables and Lists
The Center for the Study of Global Christianity, located on Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary's main campus in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, houses a research library with over 10,000 volumes. The texts cover a number of topics, including both the history of Christianity and general history (at the global, regional, and country-specific levels), world religions, people (ethnic) groups, language and linguistics, missions and evangelism, art and media (especially Christian art), statistics, and the social sciences. Click here for more information. For more information about the library or to arrange a visit, please contact the Center directly at 978-468-2750 or e-mail us.
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