Australia: Fastest growing Orthodox Church amid general Christian decline

Australia, July 11, 2022

St. George’s Serbian Orthodox Church in Cabramatta, New South Wales. Photo: Facebook

The Orthodox Church is the fastest growing Christian “denomination” in Australia according to recently released 2016-2021 census data.

The Greek Orthodox Church is the fastest growing of all in Australia, while the Serbian and Antiochian Churches are also in the top 10, reports the Romanian Orthodox Church’s Basilica News Agency, referring to the site of the Australian government.

The Greek Church increased by 17,400 members, the Serbian Church by 7,300 and the Antiochian Church by 4,400. However, the number of Australians who simply identify as “Christians”, without specifying a church or of denomination, increased by 76,100.

Orthodox growth is part of a general decline of Christianity in Australia. In 2016, 12.2 million people (52.1%) identified as Christian, but this number fell to 11.1 million (43.9%) in 2021, although Christianity in general remains the most popular religion. most popular in Australia.

By far the biggest drop has been suffered by the Anglican Church, followed by the Catholic Church, although the Maronite and Chaldean Catholic churches are in the top 10 in terms of growth. 8 of the 10 fastest growing groups are from Eastern Christian traditions.

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Source: Orthodox Christianity

Martha J. Finley