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Philippines Sends Missionaries to the World, As Christianity in U.S. Declines Rapidly

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Christianity declines in the USA

Pew Research published in October 2019 indicates that just like rates of religious affiliation, rates of religious attendance are declining in the USA. Percentage point change between 2009 and 2019 shows the following decline:

Generation X
Millennial
Conservative Republicans
Liberal Democrats

-8
-16
-7
-17

Christian revival in the Philippines

The Philippines is the only Catholic country in Asia. Catholics were 80.58% and Protestants 10% in 2015. As Catholics and Protestants decline in the west, the Evangelical Christians in the Philippines increased 14% from 2011 to 2017; Roman Catholics increased 8% from 2010 to 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. We have also found a place in the Vatican where the Philippines is the most visited country by the Pope.

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, founded in 1984.

Social media reach

Its social media reach alone is more significant than the USA’s largest churches combined. It has more than 500,000 followers on YouTube; 1.5 Million followers in social media.

In 2019, CCF had over 100,000 members and 70 satellites in the Philippines alone. 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.

Albert Jimenez
Albert is an academic researcher and UX/UI content manager. He is a graduate of Asian Studies and went to the Asian Bible Seminary and Trinity College of Music. He is happily married with three lovable teenagers.

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