What Are the Emerging Demographics?

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Looking forward to 2050, major economic and population demographic changes promise to shape global culture. As the church faithfully lives out the great commission in a contextualized way, it must ask, ‘What are the effects of the new emerging demographics?’ 

The following section explores the context shifts in global demographics highlighting aging, middle class, and youth.

Global Population

Sub-Saharan Africa will become the world’s most populous region

Global Aging

Despite important calls to emphasize the equipping of young leaders, one of the most transformational demographic trends of our time is global aging.

New Middle Class

Half of the world is now middle class or wealthier.


90 percent of young people in the world live in the Global South.