New Research: Churchgoers Believe in Sharing Faith, But Most Never Do
by Ed Stetzer
Many times we’ve been told new Christians are most active in sharing their faith. In reality people who have been a Christian longer have higher responses for sharing Christ than newer Christians. While new Christians may find it natural to share their new experience, mature Christians do it intentionally.
Also, praying more frequently for the status of people who are not professing Christians is the best indicator of more spiritual maturity in the entire sharing Christ factor. If you are going to be intentional about sharing your faith, praying for others is a great way to start. We often acknowledge the importance of prayer in people coming to faith in Christ, but we also found it has an impact on the person praying.
So when we conducted the research for Transformation Discipleship, we made sure to gather quantitative data about this. What was found was not necessarily surprising, but some of the data should be alarming.
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From the release (read the full article here):
When it comes to discipleship, churchgoers struggle most with sharing Christ with non-Christians according to recent study of church going American Protestants.
The study conducted by LifeWay Research found 80 percent of those who attend church one or more times a month, believe they have a personal responsibility to share their faith, but 61 percent have not told another person about how to become a Christian in the previous six months…
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