- 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.