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Basic Facts

  • In China, there are two official churches: three-Self Patriotic Movement (Protestant) and the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (Roman Catholics)
  • There are around 20-50 million Chinese who are members of the official Chinese churches, with the majority Protestants
  • However, most of the Christians in China belong to so-called house churches (private gatherings might be more appropriate). Estimates put the population around 70-120 million
  • The Christian population has grown exponentially since 1949, especially during the past 30 years. By one account, the Christian population in China in 1997 is 20 times more than it was in 1949. Since 1997, the population has almost doubled
  • Overall, about 5% to 10% Chinese call themselves Christians
  • In 2007, about 50 million copies of the Bible were printed in China, making it the top nation where the word of God is spread and read