Area: 1,092 sq km
A mountainous peninsula and 230 islands on the coast of Guangdong Province.
Population: 7,069,378 Annual Growth: 0.54%
Official language: Chinese and English (about 38% speak English); Cantonese is the established local dialect, but Putonghua (Mandarin) is increasingly common and influential
Largest Religion: Chinese
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Church growth, rapid in the 1960s, slowed in the 1980s and again in the 21st Century. High emigration in the 1990s and following (19% of Christians) was offset by new believers coming into the Church. Hong Kongs high pressure, competitive environment regarding living space, work hours and education as well as many uncertainties about the future often make people open to the gospel. Fastest growing are large churches and megachurches that incorporate a cell group structure.
Many challenges confront the Hong Kong Church:
a) The continuing need for renewal and revival. Only half of Protestants regularly attend church. Many high-profile crusades have drawn much attention but little lasting fruit. The Church Renewal Movement works toward cultivating spiritual change and social impact by the churches.
b) The lack of several key resources such as capable workers, funds for the many projects and opportunities and, notably, physical space in which to hold services and do ministry (real estate is very expensive and hard to come by in crowded HK) creates considerable challenges to growth. Because of the real estate problem, many congregations meet in smaller numbers and in improvised spaces.
c) The elements of prayer and intercession are increasingly recognized as essentials for ministry. Training in these areas and establishing houses of prayer are occurring not just in Hong Kong itself but also further out into the region.
For an additional 11 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of China, Hong Kong.