In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins and Daniel Im are joined by Scott McConnell, Executive Director of Lifeway Research. During their conversation, they discuss the following questions:
- Overview of the research
- Who are the unchurched?
- What are some of the common beliefs about evangelism that this research confirms and denies?
- What surprised you most about the research?
- What is your personal takeaway from the research?
“Of those who said they are a Christian, a third said they aren’t devout, and a third said they aren’t currently practicing.”
“A quarter of unchurched people think they are Christians with a strong faith.”
“Only a quarter of the unchurched have never attended a church regularly in their life.”
“For the majority of the unchurched, the church has had a chance to present who Jesus Christ is and what we are about and for whatever reasons they have said, ‘that is not for me.'”
“Just 35% of people say they would be likely to attend if somebody they knew invited them to a worship service.”
“What if we didn’t care who got the credit and we just wanted to meet some people and serve our community while we did it?”
“Two-thirds of unchurched people do not see themselves regularly attending church in the future.”
“Forty-three percent of the unchurched never think about the afterlife.”
“Forty-seven percent said they would discuss it freely if someone wanted to discuss their religious beliefs.”
“When we asked the unchurched if a Christian had shared with them about the benefits of becoming a Christian, only 35% said yes.”
“I’ve got to start looking at more situations in my life when I can bring Him into the conversation.”
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