Nazarene Research Services releases stats on 30-year world area growth
Friday, January 10, 2014
Global Ministry Center
Nazarene Research Services released a new report this week that explores world area growth over the 30 years between 1983 and 2013.

During this period, Church of the Nazarene membership grew from 650,000 full members to more than 2 million. The number of world areas that provided annual reports increased from 70 to 140.

Prior to 1983, denominational membership was reported in terms of district members instead of individual church members. Since some districts span multiple countries, researchers could more accurately calculate world area membership upon receiving individual church reports.

"For years, we have been excited to hear of the great Nazarene growth in other countries such as Mozambique and Brazil," said Dale Jones, director of Nazarene Research Services. "With less fanfare, the United States has also grown by well over 100 thousand members during the last 30 years."

The chart below expresses the top 10 world areas in net gain of full members over the past 30 years.

The Church of the Nazarene uses "world area" to describe countries and areas that are a part of a country, but may be known by a different name. More than 20 of the denomination's 159 world areas fall into this category, such as Guam, a U.S. territory on the Asia-Pacific Region.
--Nazarene Research Services

*World areas officially entered after 1983
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