Why Ireland Needs the Gospel
- The smallest percentage of Evangelics among any English-speaking nation: 1.5% of Ireland’s 4.6 million.
- There are about 450 Evangelical churches in Ireland.
- There is disunity in Irish Evangelicalism due to associations with Northern Ireland and sectarian conflict.
Ireland is characterised by a predominantly Catholic history, and most of the 91.7% of the population who identify as Christians are part of the Catholic Church. However, in recent times active Catholicism has declined, and now less than 50% go to church weekly. The historic divide between Catholicism and Protestantism is slowly breaking down, and Evangelicalism is growing, partially as a result of immigration. More unity and growth is needed among Evangelicals.
Most statistics taken from Operation World 7th Edition (2010).