Why Belgium Needs the Gospel
- Only 1.2% of the 10.7 million population are Evangelicals.
- Evangelicalism has grown over the last 40 years although mainline Protestantism is in decline. Evangelicals currently experience 2.5% growth per year; however, the number of overall Christians is decreasing.
Belgium has full freedom of religion, but religion is irrelevant for a large majority. Although most religious groups have official status with the government, Evangelicals are biased against in the media. However, the Evangelical movement is steadily growing. Immigrants have had an important role, as about half of the Evangelicals in Belgium are foreigners reached by international churches. In contrast, Catholicism has been in decline, with nominalism predominant and only 7% attending mass. Fresh revival is needed in the face of rapid secularisation.
Most statistics taken from Operation World 7th Edition (2010).