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Media Citations

The Center for the Study of Global Christianity is regularly cited in newspapers, websites, magazines, and blogs, in addition to academic works.


Bailey, Sarah Pulliam. “Amy Coney Barrett’s People of Praise ties Highlight Charismatic Christianity.” The Washington Post. October 7, 2020.

Reuters. “Nigerian Startup Helps Local Churches Digitize Operations.” August 8, 2020.

Silliman, Daniel. “Have Pentecostals Outgrown Their Name?” Christianity Today. May 29, 2020.

Copage. Eric V. “Searching for a Jesus who looks more like me”. The New York Times. April 10, 2020.

Thomas Mukoya, Cooper Inveen, Angela Ukomadu. “African Churches Swap Holy Water For Hand Sanitizers, Crowds For Videos”. Reuters. March 22, 2020.

Ostling, Richard. “Hot Tip: Here’s almost everything you ever wanted to know about every religion everywhere”. March 11, 2020.

McDow, Heidi. “Spirit-Empowered Christianity is one of the fastest growing global movements, new study shows”. Religions News Service. February 25, 2020.

Fowler, Megan. “Christian Martyr Numbers Down by Half in a Decade. Or Are They?” Christianity Today. February 17, 2020.

Brady McCombs, “Bolivia Religious Debate: The Bible vs Andean Earth Deity”. The Associated Press. January 24, 2020.

Shea, Nina. “Africa’s Young Christian Communities are now in Islamic-Extremist Crosshairs”. National Catholic Register. January 11, 2020.

Brown, Michael. “United Methodist Church’s future look bleak”. January 5, 2020.


What the Soviets intended for Siberia, God intended for Good.” The Gospel Coalition, June 26, 2019.

“Iranian regime’s oppression of Christians ‘Shock the conscience’.” Fox News, June 26, 2019.

“Is the World’s Next Mission Movement in Ethiopia?” Christianity Today, June 21, 2019.

“Grab a company card: What religion reference works belong in newsrooms libraries?”, June 20, 2019.

“Demographic impact of Christian Missionaries: India needs the equivalent of Russia’s Yarovaya law.” Opindia, June 15, 2019.

“7 Surprising Trends in Global Christianity in 2019.” Facts & Trends, June 11, 2019.

“Is Christianity losing to Islam?” Project Syndicate, June 1, 2019.

“When reporters have time for a big think: Where is world religion heading, anyway?” GetReligion, May 30, 2019.

“Anti-Christian Violence Surges in Egypt, Promoting an Exodus.” The Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2019.

Why Missions Experts Are Redefining ‘Unreached People Groups.” Christianity Today, April 22, 2019.

“Arab Spring Again? Christians in Sudan and Algeria Cheer Regime Changes,” Christianity Today, April 18, 2019.

“Making Missions Count: How a Major Database Tracked Thailand’s Church-Planting Revival,” Christianity Today, March 15, 2019.

“265 Muslims Come to Christ in Mbale,” Uganda Christian News, March 12, 2019.

“The Moment of Truth,” The Kathmandu Post, March 3, 2019.

“Global Journalist: ‘Reverse’ missionaries seek converts in Europe, U.S.,” KBIA (NPR), February 14, 2019.

“Gospel glamour: how Nigeria’s pastors wield political power,” The Guardian, February 13, 2019.

“Christians in Asia: Persecuted, Oppressed…But Keeping the Faith,” South China Morning Post, January 18, 2019.

“Squeezed On All Sides: Ongoing Christian Exodus from the Middle East,” The Media Line, January 15, 2019.

“Missionaries from the Global South try to Save the Godless West.” The Economist. January 11, 2019. (Download PDF here!)


“Dhimmis No More: Chrisitans’ Trauma in the Middle East,” The Future of Religious Minorities in the Middle East, January 2018.

Specia, Megan, “American’s Death Revives Evangelical Debate Over Extreme Missionary Work,”, December 2, 2018.

“John Chau Aced Missionary Boot Camp. Reality Proved a Harsher Test,” The New York Times, November 30, 2018.

Ben Graham, “Anthropologist who met lost tribe and lived said John Chau made a mistake,” Australia New, November 30, 2018.

Lefkow, Chris, “John Chau, latest in long line of American missionaries,” AsiaOne, November 28, 2018.

“John Chau, latest in long line of American missionaries,” Kuwait Times, November 29, 2018.

Luckhurst, Toby, “John Allen Chau: Do Missionaries Harm or Help?” November 28, 2018

“John Chau, latest in long line of American Christian missionaries,” Times of India, November 28, 2018

“John Chau, latest in long line of American Christian missionaries,” Channel News Asia, November 28, 2018.

“John Chau et la tradition des missionaires chrétiens américains,” France Soir, November 28, 2018.

“He persisted and paid with his life,” F3News, November 28, 2018.

Toby Lockhurst, “John Allen Chau: Do missionaries help or harm?,” BBC News, November 28, 2018.

Rev. Deborah Bolen, “Many Churches, One Lord,” This Week Community News, October 5, 2018.

Hedly, Jennifer, “Tampa Premiere: Documentary Film Takes a Hard Look at Persecution Around the World,” Florida News Wire, September 5, 2018.

Benjamin Weinthal, “Iran Sentences Couple For ‘Orientation Toward the Land of Christianity,’ The Jerusalem Post, August 11, 2018.

Benjamin Weinthal, “Iran regime ramps up crackdown on persecuted Christians after US sanctions,” Fox News, August 11, 2018.

World Watch Monitor Correspondent, “Indonesia’s religious minorities protest against closure of worship places,” Sight Magazine, August 2, 2018.

J-P Mauro, “Africa overtakes Latin America for the highest Christian population,” Aleteia, July 24, 2018.

John L. Allen, Jr., “LatAm debunks persistent myth about anti-Christian persecution,” Crux, July 20, 2018.

Jonathan Peterson, “Infographic: the Status of Christianity Around the World,” Bible Gateway Blog, July 16, 2018.

Ouisa Davis, “We are called to be a nation of one: Ouisa Davis,” El Paso Times, July 12, 2018.

“More Christians now live in Africa than any other continent in the world,” Uganda Christian News, July 11, 2018.

John Paul Sunico, “More Christians now live in Africa than any other continent in the world,” The Christian Post, July 11, 2018.

Ruth Graham, “Amy Coney Barrett Is Allegedly a Member of a Religious Group That’s Been Called a “Cult,” Slate, July 3, 2018.

Francis X Rocca, “Have the Culture Wars Killed Christian Unity,” The Wall Street Journal, June 19, 2018.

“Why face of global Christianity is changing,” The Alabama Baptist, May, 26, 2018.

Richard Ostling, “Yes, numbers make news. But how can careful journalists find and evaluate them?,” GetReligion, May 17, 2018.

Jerry Newcombe, “The Comeback of ‘Uncle Joe’ Stalin?,”, May 8, 2018.

“Unholy, illegal,” My Republica, May 8, 2018.

Bettina Krause, “Leader Brings Distinctly Adventist Voice to International Christian Gathering,” Adventiest Review, May 5, 2018.

Wes Granberg-Michaelson, “An Open Window On a Mutilated Body,” Soujourners, May 2, 2018.

Stoyan Zaimov, “3 Top Factors Changing Global Christianity Identified at Global Christian Forum,” The Christian Post, April 30, 2018

Albert, Eleanor. “Religion in China,” Council on Foreign Relations, March 15, 2018.

“The non-Trump evangelicals,” The Economist, April 19, 2018.

Cheryl Peterson, “Your Turn: Religion isn’t Dependent on Church,”, March 30, 2018.

Ed Stetzer, “Are You Willing to Go if God Calls You? Thoughts on Our Mission as We Follow Jesus,” Christianity Today, March 9, 2018.

Saba Imtiaz, “A New Generation Redefines What it Means to Be a Missionary,” The Atlantic, March 8, 2018.

Gorden and Cheryl Doss, “Where Change Is Leading: Implications of global change for Adventist Mission,” Adventist Review, February 28, 2018.

“Coalition’s Efforts to Save Persecuted Christians Around the World,” CBN News, February 14, 2018.

Samuel Smith, “US, Western Europe Missing Out on ‘5th Great Awakening,’ Jim Denison Says,” The Christian Post, February 3, 2018.

Elias Hubbard, “Vatican rebukes cardinal over ‘selling out’ to China accusations,” Click Lancashire Independent News, February 3, 2018,

“US, Western Europe Missing Out on ‘5th Great Awakening,’ Jim Denison Says,” The Christian Post, February 3, 2018.

“Vatican rebukes cardinal over ‘selling out’ to China accusations,” Click Lancashire Independent News, February 3, 2018.

Bennie Garza, “China-Vatican deal on bishops ready for signing,” GK Men, February 2, 2018.

Andrew Malcom, “Pope Francis Seeks Opening With Chinese Authorities,” Hot Air, February 2, 2018.

“Questioning a Paradigm: World Christianity,” Center for the Study of World Christianity, January 30, 2018.

“Iran sentences 2 Christians to 8 years in prison,” The Christian Times, January 15, 2018.

“Evangelical Rift Intensifies Over Trump Immigration Remarks,” Associated Press, January 13, 2018.

“Escalators to heaven: Evangelicalism is spreading among the Chinese of South-East Asia,” The Economist, January 4, 2018.


“Pope’s Support for Muslim Refugees Faces Resistance in Myanmar,” Wall Street Journal, November 23, 2017.

“Orthodox Christianity in the 21st Century,” Pew Research Center, November 8, 2017.

“The Stand: Luther’s reformation,” The Economist, November 4, 2017.

“Just How Many Protestant Denominations Are There?” National Catholic Register, October 31, 2017.

“Luther’s legacy: How people use the Bible today, 500 years after a monk sparked the Protestant Reformation,” The Christian Science Monitor, October 29, 2017.

“Latest Numbers Confirm Global South As New Catholic Center of Gravity,”, October 22, 2017.

“Latest Move of God: A ‘Latino Reformation’ Shifts Religious Landscape,” CBN News, October 4, 2017.

“From Terror to Tolerance,” The Kathmandu Post, September 15, 2017.

“New $1.5M Sikh Temple Proposed in Delta Twp.,” Lansing State Journal, July 6, 2017.

“Caste Discrimination Is Turning Hindus to Christianity in Nepal,” World Religion News, August 17, 2017.

“Christianity Could Vanish From Middle East by 2025 If Terrorism Continues, Believers Warn,” The Christian Post, August 30, 2017.

“Anabaptism in Bloom,” Mennonite World Review, May 22, 2017.

“A War Against Christians,” American Center for Democracy, July, 25, 2017.

“The Secret Lives of Chinese Missionaries in Northern Iraq,” South China Morning Post, July, 16, 2017.

Christians in the Middle East? Mass exodus or returning home?The Christian Post, May 13, 2017.

“Christians, in an Epochal Shift, are Leaving the Middle East,” The Wall Street Journal, May 12, 2017.

“Billy Graham Association to Host World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians,” The Gospel Herald , May 3, 2017.

“Christian Persecution: How Many Are Being Killed, Where They Are Being Killed,” Fox News Politics , April 14, 2017.

“Be Fruitful and Multiply: Muslim Births Will Outnumber Christian Births by 2035,” Christianity Today, April 5, 2017.

“Does the United States Belong on Persecution Lists?” Christianity Today , March 17, 2017.

“Congo Illustrates the New Look of Christian Martyrdom,” Crux , March 15, 2017.

“Can a controversial Latin American theology speak to Catholics today?” Religion News Service, February 10, 2017.

“Beware the culture way: Ministry of reconciliation is greater than politics,” Mennonite World Review, January 16, 2017.

“That the 46,000 may be one,” Church Times, January 13, 2017.

“Reimagine that — World mission, new realities, same conviction,” Covenant Magazine, January 2, 2017.


“Division is not always a scandal,” Christianity Today, December 30, 2016.

“A Christian was killed for their faith every 6 minutes this year,” World Religion News, December 30, 2016.

“1 Christian killed for their faith every 6 minutes in 2016 – study,”, December 30, 2016.

“90,000 Christians killed in 2016, 1 every 6 minutes: Study,” The Christian Post, 30 December 30, 2016.

“Half billion Christians can’t express faith, 90k killed in 2016,”, December 29, 2016,

“On martyr’s feast, pope extols victims of anti-Christian persecution,” Crux, December 26, 2016.

“What Halloween door-knocking event 499 years ago helped create Protestant churches?”,, October 31, 2016.

“Riner church loses its building, pastor and almost $500k”, The Roanoke Times, October 2, 2016.

“Missionaries David and Lindsey Owens continue work in Guatemala,” Northeast Arkansas Town Crier, September 20, 2016.

“Chinese Authorities Threaten to Terminate Welfare, Insurance for Elderly Christians Who Attend Church,” The Gospel Herald, August 15, 2016.

“A reminder from China the the ‘War on Christians’ is truly global,” Crux, August 10, 2016.

“Prayer, Patronage, and Personal Agency in Nicaraguan Accounts of Receiving International Aid,” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, August 6, 2016.

“Latin American migration, Evangelical Christianity and gender in Italy,” European University Institute, July 2016.

“Memo to WYD: Forget the program, teach youth about the martyrs,” Crux, July 27, 2016.

“Ask Pastor Ron: Unique Beliefs should be welcomed within Christianity,” The Sanford Herald, July 10, 2016.

“Book review: Confessions of a Church Felon,” Church Central, July 7, 2016.

“1 million Muslims reached by united prayers of Christians worldwide as Ramadan ends,” The Christian Times, July 6, 2016.

“The Role of Faith in Systemic Global Challenges”, World Economic Forum, June 2016.

“Powerful Tibetan Monk Who Once Hated Christians Accepts Jesus After Witnessing Missionaries Provide Aid to Nepal’s Earthquake Victims,” The Gospel Herald Ministries, June 29, 2016.

“Korean World Mission Conference Launches with Opening Ceremony,” Christianity Daily, June 6, 2016.

“Majority of Christian churchgoers who stop attending church do not lose their faith, research claims,” The Christian Times, May 21, 2016.

“5 trends in Christian missions: Global Christianity experts,” Christian Post, May 20, 2016.

“Defeating the rats: How a biblical worldview inspires entrepreneurship,” Washington Times, May 11, 2016.

“Foreign missionaries: Coming to a state near you,”, May 8, 2016.

“How many Evangelicals? An interview with Brian Stiller,” Christianity Today, May 4, 2016.

“County sheriff urges churches to develop plan for securing offerings,” The Alabama Baptist, April 25, 2016.

“The World’s newest major religion: no religion”, National Geographic, April 22, 2016.

“Digging down to the roots of church division,” The Daily Observer, April 16, 2016.

“Reluctance to intermarry puts Zoroastrians on the brink of extinction,” World Religion News, April 4, 2016.

“Korean world mission conference to take place in Los Angeles,” Christianity Daily, March 3, 2016.

“Byzantine details: how are the Orthodox Christian churches organized, and why?” Get Religion, February 27, 2016. 

“Christianity sees surge of growth in global South, IMB research shows,” The Alabama Baptist, February 24, 2016.

“We need to stop saying that there are 33,000 Protestant denominations,” National Catholic Register, February 9, 2016.

“Our Place in the Universe,” The Santa Clarita Valley Signal. February 9, 2016.

“By the Numbers: Christianity in the Middle East,” The Presbyterian Outlook, February 8, 2016. 

“Why Nepal has one of the world’s fastest-growing Christian populations,” NPR blog, February 3, 2016.

“Fear is the real threat to the ‘Maltese identity’”, Malta Today, January 29, 2016.

“Ecstasy and exodus,” The Economist,  January 23, 2016.

“Anglican Communion to Restrict US Church over Gay Marriage,” BBC News, 15 January 2016.

“What is the Anglican Communion?” BBC News, 15 January 2016.

“Anglican church risks global schism over homosexuality,” The Guardian, 12 January 2016.

“And then there were none,” The Economist, January 2, 2016.


Where are the Christians?” Xenia Gazette, October 27, 2015.

“How Religious Will the World be in 2050?” World Economic Forum, October 22, 2015.

“New Survey Reveals Faith’s Impact on Global Economies,” Desert News, October 23, 2015.

“A Top Nigerian Export: Fervent Christianity,” Christian Science Monitor, September 28, 2015.

“Truth and Meaning: Hijacking God,” Midland Daily News, September 27, 2015.

“Cash-Strapped Missionaries Get a New Calling: Home,” Wall Street Journal, October 25, 2015.

“Hesperia Church Hopes to Get Donors on Board with Bus Ministry,” Daily Press, August 27, 2015.

“Babies Halt the Great Commission: Christian Researchers Think Population Growth will Stall the Gospel’s Spread,” Christianity Today, June 29, 2015.

“World Religions,” Geographical, June 7, 2015.

Is Christianity Dying Out?“,, May 25, 2015.

Deep Leaders, Deep Transformation,” Presbyterian Mission Agency, May 21, 2015.

“Faith Matters: Christian Mosaic,” The Daily Item, April 30, 2015.

“India Needs to Find a Sane way to Discuss Relative Decline in Hindu Population,” The Economic Times blogs, April 23, 2015.

“Kirkesvindelen når nye høyd [Church fraud reaches new heights],” Vårt Land [Our Nation], April 15, 2015. (Word file in English)

“Cubans Love the Catholic Church, but They’re Just Not That into Religion,” Waterloo Region Record, April 10, 2015.

“Easter Hope for Christianity’s Future: Western Secularists may not know the World is Becoming More Religious,” The American Spectator, April 7, 2015.

“World Will Get More Religious by 2050,” Live Science, April 3, 2015.

“Here’s the Best Prediction Yet of How Christianity and Islam Will Change Worldwide by 2050,” Christianity Today, April 2, 2015.

“The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050,” Pew Research Center Religion & Public Life Project, April 2, 2015.

“Once Was Blind, But Now I See: US Doctors Bringing Hope to Haiti,” Religion News Service, March 12, 2015.

“Randy Clark: The Healing Miracles Preacher,” Charisma News, March 19, 2015.

“Christian Anti-fraud Group Goes Global to Investigate ‘Religious’ Fraudsters Who Bilk Believers out of $50 Billion a Year,” Christian Post, March 6, 2015.

“Christians are Disappearing from Lebanon,” A Separate State of Mind (Lebanese blog), March 4, 2015.

“Christians by Number: What Projections are Saying about the Future of Religion,” Catholic News Agency, March 4, 2015.

“Amid Killings and Kidnappings, can Christianity Survive in the Middle East?” CNN, February 27, 2015.

“Nigeria Elections put Christians in Danger of More Muslim Attacks,” The Washington Times, January 27, 2015.

“Douglass Chapel Struggles to Gain Footing After Theft,” The Tennessean, January 15, 2015.


Op-ed: 150 Million Christians Persecuted by Islam,” Arutz Sheva, November 2014.

Ephren Taylor’s Disastrous Megachurch Ponzi Scheme,” Vice, September 17, 2014.

Dallas Area Christians to Rally in Support of Persecuted in Iraq,” The Christian post (blog), September 4, 2014.

New Study Examines Persecution of Christians, Reveals Shocking Data,” The Gospel Herald, August 25, 2014.

Pope Francis’ John Paul II Moment,” Forbes, August 15, 2014.

Why Missionaries Put Their Lives on the Line,” CNN, August 9, 2014.

Christians: The World’s Most Persecuted People,” ASSIST News Service, August 1, 2014.

The Explainer: Can Pope Francis be the Protector of Persecuted Christians?” Catholic Herald, July 25, 2014.

“Pope: More persecuted Christians today than ever before,” The Christian Post, July 1, 2014.

“African evangelist sending missionaries to the US,”, May 29, 2014.

“Is Christian growth keeping pace with Islam?” Christian Today, May 29, 2014.

“US Constitution is becoming a Bible,” HarlanDaily, May 9, 2014.

“One in four Christians persecuted worldwide,” CBN News, March 20, 2014.

“Iran’s oppressed Christians,” The New York Times, March 14, 2014.

“Singapore megachurches hope to make city-state into center of prosperity gospel Christianity,” Huffington Post, March 6, 2014.

“Prayer list: Religious leaders to commit $39 billion in fraud,” Christian Post, January 9, 2014.

“State of the church 2014,” Christian Post, January 29, 2014.

“Growth of Christianity in the 10/40 window,” Window International Network (WIN), January 17, 2014.

“40 charts that explain the world,” The Washington Post, January 15, 2014.


“After pastor’s arrest, Iranian authorities threaten to close Pentecostal church,” World Watch Monitor, May 31, 2013.

“Demographic shifts means Europe no longer Catholic church’s center,” Catholic News Service, April 10, 2013.

“An overview of religious financial fraud,” Christian News Today, April 8, 2013.

“How much money is involved in religious fraud?” Trinity Foundation, April 8, 2013.

“Making the church as pervasive as Coke,” World, April 1, 2013.

“US AWOL when Christians in crosshairs,” WND, March 31, 2013.

“Global data upend usual picture of Christianity trends,” Anglican Communion News Service, March 19, 2013.

“Martyr stories still relevant,” Mennonite World Review, March 18, 2013.

“The pope’s four biggest challenges,” CNN, March 16, 2013.

“Catching the spirit: The new pope, Pentecostalism, and the global South,” Huffington Post, March 14, 2013.

“A new pope for a new Catholic world,” The Lowdown, March 13, 2013.

“Has the time come for a pope of color?” The Washington Post, March 9, 2013.

Size of the new Pope’s flock – 1.1 billion, nearly a four-fold increase from a century ago,” the Weekly Number, February 25, 2013.

How do you count Catholics?” BBC News, February 23, 2013.

Inside the Conclave: Finding a New Pope” The Daily Beast, February 17, 2013.

How many Roman Catholics are there in the world?” BBC News, February 13, 2013.

The Global Catholic Population.” Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, February 13, 2013.

Muslim World Faces Fertility Crisis.” Eurasia Review, February 13, 2013.

The Catholic Church Shifted Southward Over the Past Century.” New York Times, February 12, 2013.

What’s next for the Catholic church?” Washington Post, February 12, 2013.

Banned Chinese Author Publishing Book in U.S.” PEN American Center, February 12, 2013.


The new Face of Religion in New England.” Alaska Dispatch, December 26, 2012.

A Seismic Shift in Religion Worldwide.”, December 22, 2012.

Miracle in the Middle Kingdom.” The Wall Street Journal, December 21, 2012.

Study shows large majority of world’s population is religious.” Deseret News, December 18, 2012.

“Conference Explores Martyrdom of Today’s Christians.” Today’s Catholic News, November 14, 2012.

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