Religion in Portugal

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion                 Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 10,131,345 94.40 0.3
Evangelicals 318,868 3.0 1.1
Non- 519,141 5.14

Portugal is a financially and spiritually bankrupt nation.  As late as the 16th century, the nation’s power and wealth were almost unparalleled.  Now, an overwhelming feeling that the best days are behind them has left the people with a heavy hopelessness. Though over 94% claim Christianity as their faith, few openly practice or evangelize.

It is a stagnant belief based upon tradition and habit, not a living and growing relationship with the Lord.  The Portuguese youth, in particular, are overlooked, and New Age ideas, Mormons, and Jehovah’s Witnesses are beginning to take hold of those who do not know Christ.  

Many congregations lack full-time workers with adequate theological depth and spiritual maturity; church growth exacerbates this problem. These institutions are therefore highly strategic: Assemblies of God, Portuguese Bible Institute (GEMECM), Presbyterian, Baptist and Brazilian-founded Bethel Bible Institutes. 

Evangelicals – Challenges

The need for a united vision. The Portuguese Evangelical Alliance (EA) continues to grow in impact, a necessary development. Pray for wisdom, vision and courage for its leaders and members, since the EA plays a key role.

Lisbon Festival of Hope – April 2018

•Organised by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association •“ We had high expectations for this event,” one volunteer said. And God exceeded. Many counselors and church leaders had tears in their eyes as people streamed forward to start their new life with Christ. •More than 50 percent of those who walked forward during the invitation to accept Christ were under the age of 25.

Prayercast for Portugal

Prayer Points for Portugal

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