Why Russia Needs the Gospel
- A population of 140 million, a mere 1.2% are Evangelicals.
- About 5% of Russian Gypsies are Evangelical - they are one of many dispersed people groups which need prayer and outreach.
- In the Moscow region, small churches only have 20 to 50 members on average, and 200 members is considered a large church.
The Church in Russia has a history of persecution. Even now, although freedom of religion is guaranteed by the constitution, restrictions and discrimination can affect minority religions. The Orthodox Church still has a place of prominence and influence politically, and virtually all of the 67% of Russians who identify as Christian are Orthodox, although only 6-10% are active. The Orthodox Church is increasingly intolerant towards other expressions of Christian faith. Some growth of the Evangelical Church has occurred, but it is declining in places like St. Petersburg.
Most statistics taken from Operation World 7th Edition (2010).