Protestantism in Algeria

Protestants are a religious minority in Algeria. The small Christian community generally practices its faith without government interference. The Protestant Church of Algeria, a Reformed Church, likely has tens of thousands of followers.[1] The Protestant Church of Algeria is one of only two officially recognized Christian organizations in the country.[2] The Minister of Religious Affairs has called the evangelical Church "dangerous". [1][3] Converts expose themselves to the risk of attack by radical extremists.

Missionary groups are permitted to conduct humanitarian activities without government interference as long as they are discreet and do not proselytize openly. Algerian Christians are concentrated in Kabylie.[4] Since, 2006 proselytizing to Muslims can be punished with up to five years of prison.[5] Algeria is a country with a major impact of Islamism.

Algeria is included in the episcopal area of North Africa of the Anglican Diocese of Egypt, though there is only one current congregation in the country, Holy Trinity Anglican Church, in Algiers.[6] The church mainly serves sub-Saharan African students from such areas as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Uganda and Burundi.[7]

List of denominations

Denominations in Algeria include[8]

See also


  1. Archived October 14, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. "PC(USA) Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study". Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  3. "Open Doors UK". Churches of the Protestant Church of Algeria. Archived from the original on 12 May 2008. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  4. "Why Algeria Has Begun Clamping Down on Christians". Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  5. "German Site of the International Society for Human Rights". Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  6. Archived February 6, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  7. Archived May 14, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  8. The World Christian Encyclopedia, Second edition, Volume 1, p. 57
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