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Costa Rica


Costa Rica

 

World Convention is currently building a global reference for the  countries and territories where we know there are Christian – Churches of Christ – Disciples of Christ Congregations. Of the 193 United Nations States, the Stone-Campbell Movement exists in 165. This listing includes other nations and territories, numbering 194 countries where there is at least one representation of our churches.

Rather than waiting for comprehensive, complete information we are putting up the details we have available. If you can correct or add to this information, please contact the World Convention Office with details at gary@worldconvention.org.

Description

The Republic of Costa Rica is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Caribbean Sea to the east. San Jose, with a population of under 300,000, is the capital and largest city. Overall population is 4.4 million.

Religion

70.5% of Costa Ricans are Roman Catholics (the official state religion) with 44.9% of the population practicing Catholics, 13.8% evangelical Protestants, 11.3% do not have a religion, and 4.3% belonged to other religions.

Stone-Campbell Presence

The annual Pan American Lectureship, associated with Churches of Christ, encouraged missions to plant churches in Costa Rica in 1967. Several congregations have become financially self-sustaining and have produced new generations of local workers, so that in 2013 about 50 Churches of Christ ranging in size from 20 to 250 members meet in Costa Rica.

In 1996, International Churches of Christ planted the San Jose Church.

The Division of Overseas Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) sent two professors, Carmelo Alvarez and Raquel Rodriguez, to teach in the Latin America Biblical Seminary in San Jose, Costa Rica in 1975.

 

Created by Gary Holloway, October 3, 2013

Contact Information

A. National Office

 

B. Congregational Information

 

C. Educational Institutions

 

D. Social Service Ministries

 

E. Magazines/Periodicals

 

F. International Ministries

 

G. Conventions/Lectureships/Assemblies/Forums/Conferences

 

H. Points of Interest