Religious Literacy

45% American Catholics who do not know their church teaches that the bread and wine in Communion become the body and blood of Christ.

53% American Protestants who cannot identify Martin Luther as the person who inspired the Protestant Reformation.

Source: Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life


$139,000 Median salary for senior pastors at megachurches (2,000+ in weekly attendance).

$60,000 Median salary for men's ministry pastors at megachurches.

$47,000 Median salary for women's ministry pastors at megachurches.

Source: Leadership Network


69% Christians in China who said they converted to Christianity because they or their family members had fallen ill, according to an official survey.

70% Chinese Christians who are women.

Source: China Daily


76% Evangelicals who believe sex between an unmarried man and woman is morally wrong.

77% Evangelicals who believe abortion is morally wrong.

79% Evangelicals who believe having a baby outside of marriage is morally wrong.

Source: National Association of Evangelicals

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