How Evangelical Christians Continue Decades Of Growth In Spain
How Evangelical Christians Continue Decades Of Growth In Spain: The Spanish Observatory of Religious Pluralism in Spain has released a report that sheds light on the evolving religious landscape in the European country and highlights some of the opportunities and challenges that Christians in the historically Catholic nation confront.
The Observatory is an online tool created in 2011 by the Spanish Ministry of Justice, the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, and the Pluralism and Coexistence Foundation.
The goals are to inform people about the diversity of religions in Spain and to ensure that the legal and constitutional framework that gives everyone in Spain the right to freely practice their religion is applied fairly.
The most recent release of data gathered at the municipal level has shown that, while Catholicism continues to be the predominant Christian expression, with three-quarters of the places of worship recorded in the report belonging to that tradition, Evangelical Christianity has continued to grow over the last 20 years.
Of the almost 31,000 places of worship across the nation, the vast majority were either Catholic or Evangelical, with 22,947 and 4,259 churches, respectively, with Muslims following in third with 1,749.
The number of Evangelical churches has shown a significant increase since 2011, when there were only 2,944.
According to the report, Latin American converts have significantly contributed to the increase in the number of evangelical Christians. However, according to 2019 research from Evangelical Focus Europe, they are mainly found in urban areas, with only Madrid (420), Barcelona (220), and Valencia (112) having more than 100 Evangelical churches each. As a result, there are no Evangelical places of worship in more than 90% of the cities and villages in Spain.