Pray for: Australia

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Pacific
Capital: Canberra
Population: 25,788,217
% Urban: 86.4 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 19.3 %
Official Language: English. 20% of the population use English as a second language
Languages: 207
Literacy Rate: 99 %
HDI Ranking: 8 / 189
% Christian: 69.5 %
% Evangelical: 14.4 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 69.5 %
People Groups: 183
Least Reached People Groups: 29
% Unevangelized: 4 %

Australia

Title: Australia

Tier: 1

Type: country

Australia’s precarious environment is overexploited, in urban settings as much as in rural ones. Oceania’s ecology is possibly the most fragile of any continent, and with the years-long drought and increasing use of land and water, serious ramifications for the future must be addressed. The devastating fires of 2019-2020 are a tragic example of this truth. Questions persist as to whether the government does enough to address the need for better stewardship of the land, for clean energy, and regarding their efforts to prevent, mitigate, and combat bushfires. These failures have resulted not only in staggering environmental destruction, but in simmering resentment that has boiled over into outright anger on the part of the population. It may be too late to save much of Australia’s land. May repentance for careless consumption, rapacious industry, and exploitative lifestyles bring about true change and lasting healing – for the land, and in peoples’ hearts. May the people of God passionately pursue His mandate of being good stewards of Creation.

Australia

Title: Australia

Tier: 1

Type: country

The Church in Australia faces a mighty challenge. The strong influence of Christianity declined as the country became more diverse in religions, and became more secular in its public life and laws. 52% of the population (according to the 2016 census) say they are Christian, but less than 10% regularly attend church. Many Australians see the Church as intolerant, abusive of its power, and anti-progressive in its values. More people prefer a personal spirituality based on individual preferences, and with no accountability. Almost all mainline churches declined or stayed the same in members, and evangelical growth slowed down. Pray for revival in the Church that will affect every area of Australian society.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.