Report: Christian Church Growing at a Rapid Rate in India

India MapINDIA – Ministries in India are reporting significant growth in the Christian Church among middle and upper caste Indians and the younger Indian generations.

Long recognized as one of the most diverse nations in the world, India is currently the second-most populous nation on earth, with over 1.2 billion residents. Experts predict that India will soon eclipse China as the world’s most populous country.

According to Operation World, 74% of India’s populace identify as Hindu, 14% describe themselves as Muslim, and 6% are Christian. However, with an annual growth rate of nearly 4%, Christianity is by far the fastest-growing of all major religions in India.

According to a statement last month from The Mission Society, a ministry committed to organizing and supporting Christian mission work around the world, Christianity is growing at rapid rates across India. This trend was detailed in the latest issue of the Society’s Unfinished magazine.

Christianity is emerging at an especially rapid rate among middle and high caste Indians, as well as young people, according to the statement. Traditionally, Christianity has largely been limited to lower castes in India, so the spread of the Gospel across other cultural boundaries has been encouraging to missions groups.

“With more than 71 million claiming Christianity, India is now the eighth largest Christian nation in the world,” Dick McClain, president and CEO of The Mission Society, explained. “Yet with 456 languages and more than 2,611 distinct people groups, India still has more people groups unreached with the Gospel than any other nation—88 percent of its population.”

Some demographers are now describing India’s culture as the “new India,” where complex cultural changes are leading to unprecedented receptivity to Christianity. However, religious animosity is still an ever-present threat to missionaries in India.

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“While India has always had a religiously plural ethos, contemporary India is polarized along religious lines for varied reasons,” a recent article in Unfinished magazine explains. “The rise of Hindu nationalism has been accompanied by the persecution of the Church in different parts of the country. While in some places things seem to be normal, there are pockets of strong resistance and violent reaction to the Christian faith and its missional endeavors. This calls for fresh thinking in gospel articulation.”

Despite the opposition, thousands of Indians are still coming to Christ.

“The Spirit of God is blowing across the land in fresh ways as many ‘Christward movements’ are occurring,” the Unfinished article continues. “In these movements, people may not be moving toward the ‘Church’ or ‘Christianity’ as we know it, but they’re moving towards Christ. There have been movements among, not only tribal and rural communities, but also among high castes and other groups that have historically not been very receptive.”

Ultimately, according to missionaries, India’s changing culture presents enormous potential for the spread of the gospel and Christianity.

“India is rapidly changing, and the nation is in flux,” the Unfinished article concludes. “It is diverse and complex. … We need to be aware of this complexity as well as the tectonic shifts that are happening in contemporary India. The need of the hour is to ‘understand the times’ (I Chronicles 12:32), ‘interpret the times’ (Luke 12:56), and serve appropriately in ‘such a time as this’ (Esther 4:14).”


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  • WorldGoneCrazy

    If you get a chance, check out the Gospel for Asia website in this regard: http://www.gfa.org/

    They are very effective in evangelizing the Indian sub-continent as well as other south Asian countries. 100% of your directed donations go to the missions field – nothing is taken out for administrative or overhead expenses. They use separately provided funds for their overhead, and their staff raises their own funding to work there. In essence, the GFA staff are missionaries to GFA!

    Three of their biggest ministries are the National Missionaries (native to the countries they are serving), their Bridge of Hope Schools (for the most needy children), and their Jesus Wells ministry (providing clean water and the Name of the Living Water) to villages throughout south Asia.

    I do not work for them – just a faithful contributor.

  • http://nil postcript

    This is not a news to be very happy about. Most of the increase in christian population in India grows because of conversions and is not attributable to increase by non-family planning. The conversion by marriage is still tolerable but by enticement no. Which most of the US and rich European nations are funding. The true Christians of India are almost about 2000 years old when most of the Europe (America was still not discovered) was still pagan in their religious beliefs.The various money based denominations of Christianity are not recognised by these orthodox Christians.

  • Sir Tainly

    Gandhi said that if you asked the poor who the real Christians were, that they could tell you.

    After so many years of Christianity and colonialism being virtually the same thing for many Indians, it is a good thing that the faith is growing and a testament (no pun intended) to their democratic values.

  • A. S. Mathew

    Most definitely, there is a considerable growth of Christianity in India based on solid information from various sources. Once the socially low class people came to the Christian faith, but now the rich and educated of the upper class from different religions are embracing JESUS CHRIST. Through HIM, they found peace and joy in life.

    The vast majority of the Muslim believers are seeing visions of JESUS, and the Hindus hear voices and visions at the desperate situations of life like closer to death due to disease etc. The great revival taking place in Iran among the young Muslim is quite surprising. There are thousands of secret believers in the Gulf countries from the Islam religion. Mosab Hassan Youself, son of the Hamas leader became a follower of CHRIST, and one member of the Royal family of Kuwait is a follower of CHRIST. Many people will be openly telling about their personal relationship with JESUS CHRIST in the coming days, because JESUS is real and living today.

  • http://www.jeswiopgj.com jeswin mathew

    Christianity is growing in india.i am living in kottayam a christian majority state since AD100.here 95%low cast hindus convert to christianity.20%high cast hindus also convert to christianity.iam from pala diosease the largest diosease in india.we have official missionaries.we conducting mission in andhra

  • rosy

    Yes. Jesus is like a friend, once u get to know HIM. U can tell anything and HE will give u such a lot of peace afterwards. Once I had infertility issues. Specialist gynecologist even did not have an answer. Through prayer I was blessed with a baby boy. Trust and pray he will never leave u.

  • daibon Ten

    Hindus need to fight this crusades the way Christians of Europe stood against Islam. Hindus should not surrender… Christianity has been waging a war in Asia against Hindus and Buddhists.

    People of India need to rise against Christian Evangelicals and fight these minion of the evil jealous god.. There is nothing more moral than that today for Indians and Hindus all over the world/.

    • vinay

      Christ loves you. There is no hate in us or in Jesus Christ. He sacrified himself to redeem the world from hell and eternal death. He can answer any of your prayers and fulfill your needs.

  • daibon Ten

    No wonder you fkers are getting your dues in the middle east

    • vinay

      bro, christianity is growing very fast in Muslim countries