This is an article from the July-Aug 2022 issue: The Proper Care and Nurturing of Our Mission Workers
Annual Income of all Church Members:
(Annual income of evangelical Christians is approximately $6.72 trillion.)
Given to any Christian causes: $896 billion.1
That's also how much we spend in America on Christmas.
Given to Missions: $52 billion
That's only 5.78% of the money given to Christian causes of any kind (2022).1
Embezzled: If you are doing the math and realize there is $59 billion missing, this is where it went.1
Pastoral ministries of local churches (mostly in Christian nations): $734 billion (82%)2
"Home Missions" in same Christian nations: $107.5 billion (12%)2
Going to Un-Evangelized Non-Christian world: $51.7 billion (5.7%)2 *This is different than "Unreached"
Money that goes toward Unreached Peoples: Estimated $880 million (1.7%)3
For every $100,000 that Christians make, they give $1.70 to the unreached.
“Until recently, Americans spent more on golf balls and twinkies than was given to reach the unreached.” —Claude Hickman
Evangelical Christians could provide all of the funds needed to plant a church in each of the 7,400 unreached people groups with only 0.03% of their income.
The Church has roughly 3,000 times the financial resources and 9,000 times the manpower needed to finish the Great Commission. If every evangelical gave 10% of their income to missions we could easily support 2 million new missionaries.
1 Gordon Conwell, Download "Status of Global Christianity https://www.gordonconwell.edu/center-for-global-christianity/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2020/12/Status-of-Global-Christianity-2021.pdf *also: International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Vol. 39, No. 1, also World Christian Database, 2015,*Barrett and Johnson. 2001. World Christian Trends, pg 656.
2 Todd M. Johnson & Gina A. Zurlo, eds. World Christian Database. Leiden/Boston: Brill, accessed July 2017.
*see also: Todd Johnson, Global Atlas of Christianity, pg 296
3 World Christian Trends Table. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/
David B. Barrett and Todd M. Johnson. World Christian Trends Table 20-3, lines 23-26, 44, Pasadena, Calif: William Carey Library, 2001
*Experts and authors above have determined this trend holds true today as of 2022. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/
Just a few years ago we spent more in America on golf balls (https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1113923-50-more-random-sports-facts-you-never-knew), twinkies (https://www.medicaldaily.com/unhealthy-foods-Twinkies-and-7-other-worst-junk-foods-7-eleven-shelf-slideshow-249561), and Halloween Costumes (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2014/10/29/shoppers-to-spend-350-million-on-halloween-costumes-this-year-for-their-pets/).
Used by Permission of the Traveling Team: