Latest Stats on Contemporary Views of Christianity and Church

statsChristianity Today published some latest research stats on contemporary views of Christianity and Church. Here are some that I found most striking.

  • 57% of people in England identify as Christians (only 9% are practising) . . . you can view that two ways. You could lament the massive number of nominal Christians; or you could see that as a whole load of people who’d be sympathetic to a conversation. I’d go for the latter.
  • 40% of people do not realise Jesus was a real person who actually lived . . . now that’s just scary. We can assume very little nowadays. We have to explain even the most basic things in our preaching, teaching, and conversation.
  • 41% of Christians attribute their faith to growing up in a Christian home . . . that means helping parents has to be a higher priority than it is for many of us.
  • 44% of Christians credit a friend for introducing them to the faith . . . that’s quite striking isn’t it. If 41% attribute ‘growing up in a Christian home’ that means that a large proportion of people who become Christians out of non-Christian homes are doing so through friends. So we need to help our folk build friendships and talk naturally about their faith.

One Reply to “Latest Stats on Contemporary Views of Christianity and Church”

  1. With a positive hat on…if 40% don’t realise Jesus was a real person, 60% do. I wonder if they correlate with the 57% identifying as Christian? On the challenging side: 1. There may be as big obstacles seeing those who identify as Christian moving to being true disciples as those who do not. 2. We should not make the mistake of equating identifying as Christian with churched or of sharing anything approaching an evangelical (let alone) reformed mindset. Back to the positive it is messy, challenging and chaotic but skso fun and rewarding to be working increasingly with this type of people

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