Maps That Examine the 87 Subdivisions of Taiwan For Which the Population / Number of Protestant Churches Ratio is Over 10,000 According to the Data In the 2019 – 2020 Taiwan Church Handbook*

 

This set of maps examines the 87 places in Taiwan that have a population / number of Protestant churches ratio (“church density”) that is over 10,000. A value of 10,000 for this ratio has, over the years, served as a dividing line between places where Protestant churches were considered relatively plentiful and areas where Protestant churches were relatively scarce and increasingly more so as this ratio increased.

 

In addition to identifying the 87 places these maps also show how many Protestant churches would need to be added to each of the places to bring the population / number of Protestant churches ratio to under 10,000. The data shows that the total number of new churches needed to bring the 87 areas to a ratio under 10,000 would be 160. In the two-year period between the 2017 – 2018 and 2019 – 2020 Taiwan Church Handbooks Taiwan had a net gain of 127 Protestant churches. Adding 160 new churches, then, in these 87 (admittedly challenging) areas seems possible in a period of 5-6 years.

 

Two maps are also included that show what all of Taiwan would look like, in terms of the population / number of Protestant churches ratio, if the 160 new churches were started in the 87 subdivisions in the near future. It would be a great step forward to know that everyone in Taiwan was living in an area for which there was at least one Protestant church for every 10,000 people. Approximately 24% of Taiwan’s population currently lives in places where Protestant churches are more scarce than this.

 

Brief descriptions of the 11 maps in this set are given below.

 

Map A is the basic map of Taiwan church density for the 358 subdivisions of the island (and Penghu) based on the information in the 2019 – 2020 Taiwan Church Handbook. The blue, purple, orange, and red areas are those for which the population / number of Protestant churches ratio are over 10,000, while the one grey area has no Protestant church at all.

 

Map B shows how the population is distributed geographically between the six church density color categories and the one “no church” area. It is a praise that the numbers show that about 76% of Taiwan’s population live in areas that are in the yellow and green ranges of church density!

 

Map C is based on Map B but shows every area with a church density above 10,000 (or has no church) in white. About 5.6 million people (approximately 24% of Taiwan’s population) live in these 87 areas. The white areas are concentrated from coastal Taichung City southward to Tainan City.

 

Map D shows the locations of the 87 areas that currently have a church density over 10,000 (or have no Protestant church) and how many additional churches would need to be started in each area to bring the church density under 10,000. In the table on the lower left corner of the map the number of additional churches needed for the places in each color category is listed. The total population for the places in each color category is also included in the table. As the note on this map states, the addition of 160 more churches, in the places and in the numbers specified on this map, would bring the church density to under 10,000 for each of the 87 areas. If this were to be accomplished, then all 358 subdivisions of Taiwan would have a Protestant church for every 10,000 people or less!

 

Map E shows the locations, bilingual names, population, current number of Protestant churches, and the number of additional churches needed to lower the church density to under 10,000, for all those places that need from 3 -11 more churches to bring the population / number of Protestant churches ratio under 10,000.

 

Map F shows the locations, bilingual names, population, and current number of Protestant churches for the 18 subdivisions of Taiwan that would each need to add 2 more churches to attain a church density under 10,000.

 

Map G shows the locations and bilingual names of the 58 subdivisions of Taiwan that would each need to add one Protestant church to attain a church density under 10,000. Because of the large number of such places, there wasn’t enough room on the map to also include the population or current number of churches for each place. That information is given on Maps G2 and G3.

 

Map G2 shows the locations, bilingual names, population, and current number of Protestant churches for 25 of the areas shown on Map G.

 

Map G3 shows the locations, bilingual names, population, and current number of Protestant churches for the other 33 areas shown on Map G.

 

Map H shows what the church density situation for all of Taiwan would be if the number of new churches stipulated for each of the 87 areas in Map D were to be started in the near future. All the subdivisions of Taiwan would then be in either the yellow or green church density ranges and all of the people of Taiwan would live in a city, district, town, or township in which there was at least one Protestant church for every 10,000 people!

 

Map I is a second version of Map H which was designed to provide somewhat more information than Map H does. Map I uses four ranges of church density, instead of two, to give a more detailed picture of how the church density would vary for all the subdivisions of Taiwan.

 

A bilingual name list that identifies all the numbered areas on the maps is provided.

 

The maps can be left clicked (twice) to enlarge them.  They can be right clicked to download them.

 

I am very thankful to the Taiwan Missionary Fellowship for their willingness to post this set of maps on their website! I pray that the Lord will use the maps to focus attention on the 87 Taiwan subdivisions where, statistically, the Protestant church presence is relatively weaker.

 

 

George McFall, TEAM (retired), August, 2019

*Church data source: 2019 - 2020 Taiwan Church Handbook, Christian Resource Center, Taichung

統計的來源: 2019 - 2020 台閩地區基督教堂會 宣教機構一覽表 基督教資料中心發行, 台中

 

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