Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Tracking World Christianity

Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Tracking World Christianity

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To mark this journal's fiftieth anniversary, Robert T. Coote--then assistant editor--told the story of the INTERNATIONAL BULLETIN OF MISSIONARY RESEARCH in his article "Finger on the Pulse: Fifty Years of Missionary Research" (IBMR 24 [2000]: 98-105). Evolving from R. Pierce Beaver's mimeographed Occasional Bulletin from the Missionary Research Library, launched in 1950, the IBMR is among today's most trusted and widely circulated sources of mission-related information and analysis.

In January 1985 David Barrett's inaugural "Annual Statistical Table on Global Mission" appeared in the IBMR. Coauthored with Todd M. Johnson since 1998--joined this year by Peter F. Crossing--this feature has now appeared in twenty-one consecutive January issues.

With some frequency over the past two years, journalists from major newspapers have requested information on the number of Christian missionaries engaged in mission to Muslims. Thanks to the article by Todd M. Johnson and David R. Scoggins, we are now able to venture a response: an estimated 57,300 Christian missionaries work in countries that are predominantly Muslim or that have significant numbers of Muslims. Conversely, some 141,630 Muslim missionaries work in countries that are predominantly Christian. …

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