LATIN AMERICA — In recent years, the Evangelical Church has experienced significant growth in Latin America, transforming the religious and social landscape of the region. The increase in the number of evangelicals has been notable in countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina, and has sparked the interest of experts and scholars.
In the last decades, the evangelical church has experienced exponential growth in Latin America.
According to a study by the ForoPiu, the number of Latin Americans who identify as evangelicals increased from 4% in the 1960s to 19% today. This is due to a series of factors, such as the increase in urbanization, insecurity in cities and the crisis of faith that has affected many Catholics in the region.
Brazil is the largest country with the largest population in Latin America and is also home to the largest number of evangelicals in the region.
Pastor Silas Malafaia, leader of one of the largest denominations in the country, attributes this growth to people’s dissatisfaction with Catholicism and the lack of answers to their spiritual needs. According to Malafaia, the evangelical church offers a more personal connection with God and a closer and more welcoming community.
In Mexico, the growth of the evangelical church has been slower than in Brazil, but it is still significant.
Pastor Alejandro Ruiz, leader of the Nazarene Church in Mexico, attributes this growth to the focus of the Evangelical Church in the evangelization and formation of committed disciples. Ruiz believes that the Evangelical Church has also been successful in attracting young people and providing a sense of community in an increasingly fragmented world.
In Colombia, the Evangelical Church has grown rapidly in recent years, especially in the rural areas.
According to Pastor Gabriel Salcedo, of the Christian Restoration Church, this is due to the need of rural communities to have access to religious and spiritual services. Salcedo believes that the Evangelical Church has been successful in reaching these communities and providing them with support and spiritual guidance.
In Argentina, the Evangelical Church has experienced significant growth in recent decades, especially among young people.
Pastor Jorge Senewald, leader of the Lutheran Evangelical Church United of Argentina, attributes this to the focus of the church in the preaching of the gospel and the formation of disciples.
The evangelical church has experienced significant growth due to its focus on evangelization, the formation of committed disciples, and the personal connection with God.
Although the reasons for growth vary from one country to another, Religious leaders and pilgrims agree that the Evangelical Church has been successful in providing spiritual support and guidance to the communities that need it.
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Source: Global News Alliance, The Growth of the Evangelical Church in Latin America