Mark Noll begins in his book, The New Shape of World Christianity, with the following observations:
- This past Sunday more Christian believers attended worship in China than in all of Europe.
- This past Sunday more Anglicans attended church in Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda than did Anglicans in Britain and Canada and Episcopalians in the United States combined.
- This past Sunday there were more members of Brazil’s Pentecostal Assemblies of God at worship than the combined number in the two largest U.S. Pentecostal denominations.
- This past Sunday the churches with the largest attendance in England and France had mostly back congregations, and half of the churchgoers in London were African or African-Caribbean.
- This past Sunday the largest congregation in Europe was in Kiev pastored by a Nigerian Pentecostal.
- This past Sunday there were more Roman Catholics at worship in the Philippines than in any single country in Europe.
From: Mark A. Noll, The Shape of World Christianity, pp. 20-21