“Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
The Lord of the Harvest has a prepared Harvestfield where labourers are deployed. Every committed and loyal labourer must, therefore, source for information about the Harvestfield. Statistics from the Pew Research Centre in Washington D.C. shows that Christianity is the world’s largest faith with about 2.4 billion adherents of the Christian faith split into three main branches of Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox. Sadly, the Christian share of the world’s population has hovered at around 33% for the last couple of decades.
Even though this demographics means that one in three persons on Earth is a Christian, the downside is that it is indicative of a measure of stagnation or slow paced expansion of the Christian faith on earth. This is explained by the fact that, while we are recording expansions in the developing world, conversely, we have huge declines in the developed world, mainly in Western Europe and North America.
REASONS FOR SLOW PACED GROWTH
Complacency, loss of focus on the Master’s Mandate and loss of harvest fire constitute the major bane of growth for Christianity world over. For instance, Christianity, the largest religion in the United States, was 73.7% of the total population in 2016. This fell to 65% in 2019. The declining speed may be faster in the coming years if something drastic does not happen.
Statistics also show that in Africa, Christianity stands at about 631 million with Catholics constituting about 50% of that number. Even though Africa records the highest Christianity growth rate in the world, the growth is relative as other religions are aggressively contending for souls in the continent. We must intentionally break the cycle of complacency and lukewarmness to experience an all round exponential growth.
“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.”
Bishop Enobong Etteh,
Director of Missions, Africa.