Why Romania Needs the Gospel
- 5.4% of the population (21 million) are Evangelicals.
- There are nearly 6,000 Evangelical congregations in Romania, and the number is steadily growing.
- There is still a need to plant churches in many unreached towns and villages.
Under Communism, Christianity was widely persecuted in Romania. The Orthodox Church has now replaced the government as the main channel of discrimination. Although nearly 97% identity themselves as Christian, most of these belong to the Orthodox church, although for most it is an affiliation and not a personal faith. A law in 2006 made it much more difficult to register denominations and charities. Despite this, the Evangelical movement is one of the only growing religious groups, and Romania continues to be spiritually receptive to the Gospel.
Most statistics taken from Operation World 7th Edition (2010).