Thursday, January 28, 2010

10 facts about faith conversations

If you are a Christ follower think back to the last time you invited someone to church, a church event, or even began a discussion with them about faith and spirituality. For most of us, that could stretch back a long time. There's just something--frightening--about "those" conversations.

Recent research by Lifeway Research (www.Lifeway.com) identified the top ways those who do not perceive themselves as Christian are willing to respond positively to our overtures:

1. 67% would be willing to visit a church if a family member invited them.
2. 63% would be willing to visit a church if a friend or neighbor invited them.
3. 63% would be willing to receive church information if a family member gave it to them.
4. 56% would be willing to receive church information if a friend or neighbor gave it to them.

When unbelievers are most willing to consider faith:
5. Christmas - 47%
6. Easter - 38%
7. After a national crisis - 38%
8. After a natural disaster - 34%
9. After birth of a baby - 28%

My friend Shawn Anderson has a new book to be published in March titled Living Dangerously. Shawn's research on people who became Christians as adults gives us fact #10:

10. 84% said the faith conversation was initiated first by someone else, not them.

Now let's get out there and speak.

3 comments:

rightrev said...

Fact 10 is convicting. How often do we wait for the "door to open" instead of knocking on the door?

Shawn said...

Astute observations, Stan. We saw #7 and #8 played out after 9-11, and we are now seeing people respond after the natural disasters in Haiti and Chile.

By the way, the link for my book is:

http://wipfandstock.com/wipf_and_stock

Shawn

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