Monday, January 11, 2010

Congregation Growth Outside the United States: 2008

I have not yet provided a list of countries with the largest congregation increases for 2008. The 2007 list can be found here. Congregations increased by 120 outside the United States and 282 worldwide. Below is a list of countries which had an increase of five or more congregations. The United States has been omitted.
  1. Brazil + 53
  2. Mexico + 15
  3. Peru + 12
  4. South Africa + 11
  5. Honduras + 6
  6. Ghana + 6
  7. El Salvador + 5
  8. Democratic Republic of the Congo + 5
81% of the total non-United States increase in congregations can be attributed to the top five countries. Official congregation totals for 2009 will not be available until April.

4 comments:

rfelsted said...

These are preliminary numbers for congregational growth for 2009:

Total increase world-wide 236

United States, 13475, + 112
Brazil 1885, + 36
Mexico 2007, + 30
Nigeria 289, + 29
Ghana 120, + 21
Peru 716, + 15
Philippines 1085, + 11
Cote d'Ivoire 41, + 9
Madagascar 24, + 7
Colombia 271, + 6
South Africa 147, + 6
Sierre Leone 22, + 4
Chile 614, + 3
Ecuador 297, + 3
Dominican Republic 200, + 3
Kenya 35, + 3
Zimbabwe 47, + 3

Several nations lost from 1 to 3 units, with Honduras, 220, - 6, having lost the most. Canada at 483 is unchanged.

rfelsted said...

I missed the Democratic Republic of Congo 1t 79, up 9.

rfelsted said...

Previous post should be"...Democratic Republic of Congo at 79, up 7."

The fastest growing areas outside North America are Africa with 95 more congregations, and South America, with 65 more than 2008.

rfelsted said...

N.B. My apologies! I failed to take into account branches existing or created in nations where the Church does no reporting. The correct increase of congregations world-wide is not 236 but near 300 or above.