The Philippines is now a missionary sending nation, as Christianity declines in the U.S.
Pew Research: Religious affiliation and attendance are declining in the USA. Towards 2021, the trend continues spiraling downwards. In 2018, over 4,000 churches closed in the US, while 1,500 clergies leave the pastoral ministry each month.[Shepherd Watch]
The “empty pulpit crisis” is a growing phenomenon. Percentage point change between 2009 and 2019 shows the following decline:
American church membership falls below the majority for the first time in 2021 report
In 2016, a year after same-sex marriage was legalized, Christianity was the largest religion in the USA, with a combined 73.7% among Christians and Catholics. [Gallup]
Christian gatherings since then are at least 50 percent empty, except “prosperity Gospel churches,” which continue to thrive.
Christian revival in the Philippines
The Philippines is the only Catholic country in Asia. Catholics were 80.58% and Protestants 10% in 2015.
Philippines, now a missionary-sending country
Towards the 19th century, America was the beacon of Christianity. Hundreds, if not thousands of American missionaries, came to the Philippines and established churches.
In the late 1990s, Jesus is Lord (JIL) Charismatic movement became the fastest-growing church in and outside the Philippines. The University of Santo Tomas (UST), established in 1611, is the only “Pontifical and Royal” university outside the Vatican.
In 2020, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle became “Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples” under the Roman Curia, responsible for missionary work.
Today, Evangelicalism is strong in the country. One of the country’s fastest-growing Christian churches is Christ Commission Fellowship (CCF), established in 1984.
UST is the only “Pontifical and Royal” university outside the Vatican.
CCF Social media reach
Christ’s Commission Fellowship social media reach has more followers than the USA’s largest churches combined. It has more than 500,000 followers on YouTube; over 1.5 Million followers in social media.
In 2019, CCF had over 100,000 members and 70 satellites in the Philippines. It has 600 small groups in East Asia and over 12,000 house churches and small groups in South Asia.
CCF International satellites located in 40 countries that include churches in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, HK, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Macao, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore.
CCF has over 1.5 Million followers in social media.