|2009 Thai Church Statistics|
|Monday, 03 May 2010 19:30|
Statistics don't tell the whole story but can be helpful to get a general idea of what is going on. Missionary Dwight Martin collects data on the Thai church and recently released the data on Thai church growth in 2009. Here is an excerpt from his report, along with some links for more information:
In the Powerpoint presentation linked above, you'll see a page for the "My Hope Thailand" project, where there is a statistic for number of "salvations" (or number of people who prayed the sinner's prayer as the result of the My Hope evangelism project). Regular readers of this blog will know the serious objections that I have to the theology and methodology of the sinner's prayer. However, the "salvations" reported as a result of the My Hope project are NOT included in the 2009 Thai Church statistics. The church growth numbers reported above are based upon church membership, not upon saying the sinner's prayer.
How many of the people who made a "decision" for Christ during My Hope and actually go on to become church members (and hopefully truly converted Christians) remains to be seen. But speaking charitably, My Hope represents widespread sowing of the Gospel in Thailand and the fact that many Thai people have been exposed to some form of the truths of Christianity.
In any case, since the church growth numbers above are based on church membership and not the sinner's prayer, they are thus a somewhat accurate way to gauge actual growth of the visible church in Thailand. And the church in Thailand IS growing! Praise God! Christ is building His church (Matt 16:18).
May the Lord continue to growth His church not only in numbers but also in depth and maturity, purifying a people for Himself from among the Thai.
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