Pray for: Portugal

Flag for Portugal

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Europe
Capital: Lisbon
Population: 10,223,349
% Urban: 66.8 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 13.3 %
Official Language: Portuguese
Languages: 9
Literacy Rate: 96 %
Life Expectancy: 81 yrs (31/236)
HDI Ranking: 38 / 189
% Christian: 94.4 %
% Evangelical: 3 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 94.4 %
People Groups: 43
Least Reached People Groups: 6
% Unevangelized: 1 %


Title: Portugal

Tier: 1

Type: country

Evangelical growth, once a source of encouragement, has become a serious challenge.

  • Serious divisions. Many denominations suffered acrimonious splits, especially some Pentecostal denominations. Some recent progress has been made to overcome these; pray for churches to major on the core elements of the faith and extend grace in the minor distinctives.
  • Pray for church planting efforts in Portugal. Many more churches are needed. The EA targetted a goal of 4,000 evangelical churches by 2015. Instead, evangelical congegrations actually decreased from 1630 to 964, despite nearly 300 new church plants. 82% of new church plants have congregations with fewer than 25% Portuguese participating. Several groups adopted cell-church models but face the difficulty that, for many Portuguese, a physical building is what communicates religious legitimacy. Pray for continued church growth, for affordable and appropriate meeting places and for leaders for these future churches.

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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.