Last year, in the UK, more than 17,000 people filled in a questionnaire at popular Christian festivals in Wells, England and Scotland, and a members of 35 randomly selected Evangelical Alliance member churches. These are all fascinating numbers. When it comes to ‘being’ an evangelical here are the answers:
- 96% attend a church service at least once a week.
- 93% agree that Christians should have a voice in the media.
- 92% agree that Christians should be united in mission!
- 91% strongly agree that Jesus is the only way to God.
- 77% do pray daily.
- 77% attend a small group at least once in two weeks.
And, when it comes to ‘giving’ here are the answers:
- 75% households give 10% to their church or charities (of the 65+ age group)
- 64% households of the 45-54 age group;
- 53% households of the 25-34 age group;
Considering giving to individual missionaries:
- 56% of the ones in the age group 65+ are giving
- 45% in the age group 35-44
- 28% in the age group 16-24 years.
One of the quite interesting findings is related to an age group of 16-24 years, who consider themselves evangelical Christians and their convictions. They are to:
- Less likely to strongly agree that the Bible has supreme authority;
- Less likely to give money
- Less likely to pray or read the Bible every day
- Less likely to consider faith to be a key factor in their decision making
Are we considering a new generation of evangelical Christians coming? Do we know how they think and what they need? Are we ready to work on the next generation of Christian leaders? Do we know how to address the above issues in an appealing and meaningful way?
I don’t… yet, but I am working on it!