World Christian Database

About the World Christian Database

The World Christian Database transforms current religious statistics into a real-time analysis tool that takes just minutes to perform even detailed research. This comprehensive database brings together a fully updated and cohesive religious data set with a world-class database architecture. The result is a simple, yet powerful database tool that enables users to customize reports and download data for in use in charts, tables, and graphs. WCD Brochure

Clear, Comprehensive, Customized.
The World Christian Database (WCD) is based on the 2600-page award-winning World Christian Encyclopedia and World Christian Trends, first published in 1982 and revised in 2001. This extensive work on World religion is now completely updated and integrated into the WCD online database. Designed for both the casual user and research scholar, information is readily available on religious activities, growth rates, religious literature, worker activity, and demographic statistics. Additional secular data is incorporated on population, health, education, and communications.

Supported by Top Scholars
A full-time staff at The Center for the Study of Global Christianity is dedicated to updating and maintaining the World Christian Database. New information from thousands of sources is reviewed on a weekly basis to continually refine and improve the WCD. Most importantly, the staff at WCD derives much of their information from multiple cross-correlated sources and presents their final statistics such that they conform to data definitions and are consistent with related information throughout the database. This cohesive database enables users to quickly correlate variables or compare entity groups across multiple fields without spending hours to confirm consistency of measurement across data sources. Clear, Comprehensive, Customized.the World Christian Database is the complete source for religious statistics.  

Detailed religious & demographic statistics including:
•  Population (from 1900 to 2050.)
•  Demographics (birth rate, adult %, life expectancy)
•  Heath (HIV rates, access to water, mortality, .)
•  Education (% literacy, schools, Universities, .)
•  Communication,( scripture access, religious freedom)
•  Christian personnel &,evangelism rates
•  Status of missions work

Easy to Use
The World Christian Database features a simple keyword search to find information quickly. Information is conveniently displayed by category allowing the user to drill down to detailed information at their leisure. For those that prefer to browse, several pre-formatted directories guide users through the information on country, peoples, religions, and denominations. Sophisticated users can customize their searches using advanced Field and Criteria sorting routines. This enables users to find and organize exactly the data they need and format it the way they want.



Todd M. Johnson

Todd M. Johnson, PhD

Todd M. Johnson is Associate Professor of Global Christianity and Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Johnson is visiting Research Fellow at Boston University’s Institute for Culture, Religion and World Affairs leading a research project on international religious demography. He is co-editor of the Atlas of Global Christianity (Edinburgh University Press) and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed.) and World Christian Trends (William Carey Library). He is editor of the World Christian Database (Brill), co-editor of the World Religion Database (Brill), and co-author of The World’s Religions in Figures (Wiley-Blackwell).

Gina Zurlo

Gina A. Zurlo, MA, PhD Cand.

Gina A. Zurlo is a PhD candidate at Boston University, Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Research Associate at Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs. Her research focuses on international religious demography and the history of sociology, including the application of quantitative methods to religious adherence. She is co-editor of the World Christian Database (Brill) and her demographic research also contributes to the World Religion Database (Brill). She served as Senior Editorial Assistant on the Atlas of Global Christianity (Edinburgh University Press) and has worked on a number of other reports and publications.

Associate Editors

Albert W. Hickman

Albert W. Hickman, MS, MA

Albert (Bert) Hickman is Senior Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Global Christianity and an associate editor of the Atlas of Global Christianity. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, he also interned at the Center while a student. Before coming to New England he worked in engineering and environmental health in Texas. At the Center he focuses on collecting and analyzing denominational statistics for the World Christian Database. He also serves as a liaison to groups such as Finishing the Task and the International Society for Urban Missiology.
Peter F. Crossing

Peter F. Crossing

Peter F. Crossing is the Data Analyst for the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, working on the World Religion Database (Brill) and World Christian Database (Brill). He has a Diploma of Theology (Missiology) from the Australian College of Theology at WEC's Missionary Training College and has gained further computer mapping and database expertise through work at the Sydney Centre for World Mission, the National Church Life Survey, and Mapinfo Australia. His analysis has also contributed to numerous publications, including the World Christian Encyclopedia (Oxford University Press), Atlas of Global Christianity (Edinburgh University Press), and The World’s Religions in Figures (Wiley-Blackwell).