The Anglican Communion is a communion that traces its roots back to 1867 in London, England. With an approximate 85 million followers in the world, the communion is the third largest. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the focus of unity who is considered as being the first in a community of equals (primus inter pares). The majority of the 85 million followers occupy regions that were colonized by Britain or had some form of British settlements. Consequently, most churches belonging to the union are known as Anglican churches such as the Anglican Church in America, and many others.
Countries with the Largest Anglican Populations
Unsurprisingly, the country with the largest population of followers is the foundering state, the United Kingdom. The Church of England has an incredible following of 26,000,000 people. In the second position, the Church of Nigeria has about 18,000,000 believers while the Church of the Province of Uganda is third with approximately 8,000,000 followers. Closing the top five is the Anglican Church of Kenya with 5,000,000 and a tie in the fifth place with the Church of South India and the Anglican Church of South Africa with 4,000,000 followers each.
The Anglican Church of Rwanda is in the last position of the list with a meager 1,000 people. The other church with less than 10,000 devotees is the Anglican Church of Australia with approximately 3,900 people. Other churches in the bottom five are the Church of Bangladesh (16,000), Church of the Province of South East Asia (23,000), and the Anglican Church of South America (23,000).
Going by the figures, it is clear that the Brits were able to spread Christianity in all the countries they colonized, especially Africa. The African countries in the top five have a combined Christian base of a massive 35,000,000 people. This figure translates to approximately 41% of the total Christian population globally. Even India was colonized by Britain. Together with the UK and India, then the top five have a whopping combined believer base of 61,000,000 people.
By comparison, the bottom five states have a total contribution of 76,900 people. Percentage-wise, this total is equal to less than 0.1% of the total following. Some figures, such as Australia, are interesting since Australia was also occupied by Britain. A crucial point to keep in mind is that a majority of the Australian population, a little over 50%, identify as Christians while 13.3% identify as Anglicans. Other countries such as those in South America have a small following due to the dominance of Catholicism.
Branches of Anglicanism
Within the Anglican Communion, there have been dissenting groups that have branched off from the main church and formed groups of their own. For example, the issue of same-sex marriages has been a matter of contention for a while. Some Anglican churches, such as those in Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and a few others have all voiced agreement over same-sex marriages. Consequently, it becomes even harder to pinpoint the exact number of Anglicans. Therefore, the figure of 85 million should be considered an estimate.
Countries With the Largest Anglican Populations
|Rank||Anglican Church||Number of Members|
|1||Church of England||26,000,000|
|2||Church of Nigeria||18,000,000|
|3||Church of the Province of Uganda||8,000,000|
|4||Anglican Church of Kenya||5,000,000|
|5||Church of South India||4,000,000|
|6||Anglican Church of Southern Africa||4,000,000|
|7||Province of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan||3,500,000|
|8||Anglican Chuch of Tanzania||2,000,000|
|9||Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America||2,000,000|
|10||Anglican Church of Canada||1,600,000|
|11||Church of North India||1,500,000|
|12||Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan||1,100,000|
|13||Church of the Province of Central Africa||900,000|
|14||Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi||800,000|
|15||Church in the Province of the West Indies||770,000|
|16||Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia||581,000|
|17||Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean||505,000|
|18||Province of the Anglican Church of the Congo||500,000|
|19||Church of Pakistan||500,000|
|20||Church of Ireland||410,000|
|21||Church of the Probinv of West Africa||300,000|
|22||Anglican Church of Melanesia||200,000|
|23||Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea||167,000|
|24||Episcopal Church in the Philippines||125,000|
|25||Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil||120,000|
|26||Anglican Church of Mexico||100,000|
|27||Church in Wales||84,000|
|28||Anglican Church of Korea||65,000|
|29||Church of the Province of Myanmar||62,000|
|30||Nippon Sei Ko Kai||57,000|
|31||Scottish Episcopal Church||44,000|
|32||Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East||40,000|
|33||Anglican Church in Central America||35,000|
|34||Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui||29,000|
|35||Anglican Church of South America||23,000|
|36||Church of the Province of South East Asia||23,000|
|37||Church of Bangladesh||16,000|
|38||Anglican Church of Australia||3,900|
|39||Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda||1,000|