News articles

In addition to the posts on this site, a number of other websites and publications have reported and reflected on the National Ministry Survey: Conversation not Conversion, Evangelicals Now, April 2022 Raising Toddlers, Evangelicals Now, May 2022 Challenging and Encouraging Statistics as we “Go to the great city”, Co-Mission, April 2022 Hope Explored in DifferentContinue reading “News articles”

“The ‘church’ that doesn’t go to church”

When the the UK General Public were surveyed – excluding Active Protestants – it was found the 37% of the remaining adult population identify as ‘Christian’ despite not regularly attending (i.e. at least once a month) a Protestant church. Of these, as the following chart shows, the large majority rarely if ever attend a church ofContinue reading ““The ‘church’ that doesn’t go to church””

Levels of evangelism are quite high and stable

UK practicing/active Christians are involved in perhaps a surprisingly large amount of evangelism and when the figures from the Barna / Talking Jesus research (2015) are compared with the National Ministry Survey (2021), we find that these levels are pretty stable. Remarkably, the 2021 NMS found 36% of Active Protestants who attend church once aContinue reading “Levels of evangelism are quite high and stable”

Conversion or Conversation?

One of the most intriguing results from the National Ministry Survey was the apparent contradiction between a majority of the general public disapproving of ‘people trying to covert others to their faith’ and thinking that ‘everyone should leave everyone else alone’ (73%) and high numbers of the general public feeling comfortable about having a conversationContinue reading “Conversion or Conversation?”

Evangelism training could be more regular and targeted to equip and embolden church members

It seems that the majority of active Protestants in the UK do not lack desire to talk to non-Christians about Jesus and are comfortable in doing so (64%); the blockages are more likely to be in the area of increasing fear of causing offence and a sense of being ill equipped to make the mostContinue reading “Evangelism training could be more regular and targeted to equip and embolden church members”

Increasing numbers of Christians feeling ill-equipped and inhibited in evangelism

The charts below suggest that levels of comfort and desire among Practicing/Active Christians in regard to talking to non-Christians about Jesus have remained quite high since the same statements were surveyed by Barna 6 years earlier as part of the Talking Jesus research project. Where there does seem to have been some reduction (at leastContinue reading “Increasing numbers of Christians feeling ill-equipped and inhibited in evangelism”

Executive summary: mission opportunities

1. Making the most of opportunities to share the faith This research highlights that church leaders and churchgoers both believe evangelism and outreach are important, as evidenced by their actions. This isan encouraging story as this shows there is a body of believers ready to take up opportunities presented. These opportunities are right in frontContinue reading “Executive summary: mission opportunities”

Church leaders are seeking training in specific areas and many would appreciate mentoring and consultancy

The McCrindle researchers were surprised to see such clear results in regard to which training categories are judged to be already very well provided for and which categories seem to be requiring more provision. In particular, theological training and preaching training are well established and appreciated with 87% of church leaders feeling that there isContinue reading “Church leaders are seeking training in specific areas and many would appreciate mentoring and consultancy”

Many churches considering planting or revitalising but lacking lead planters

62% of church leaders reported that they are either preparing to send out a church plant (extremely/very likely in the next 5 years) or at least open to the prospect. A very similar proportion (63%) are either preparing to or open to the possibility of revitalising a church. Within these figures it looks like thereContinue reading “Many churches considering planting or revitalising but lacking lead planters”

Mismatch between perceptions of church leaders and experience of church members

One significant insight drawn out by McCrindle in the NMS report, is the distance between the perceptions of church leaders – e.g. regarding the amount evangelism they think their congregation members are doing and the extent of church members’ fears) and the actual experience of church members – the amount of evangelism they report andContinue reading “Mismatch between perceptions of church leaders and experience of church members”