More Than 50 Percent of Protestant Churchgoers Have Not Shared the Gospel in the Last Six Months

More than fifty percent of Protestant church attendees have admitted to not engaging in evangelism in the past half a year, according to a recently released report by LifeWay Research.

When asked how many times they shared with somehow “how to become a Christian,” 55 percent of respondents answered zero.

24 percent of respondents said that they had shared how to become a Christian to someone 1-2 times, 12 percent responded 3-5 times, 5 percent said 6-10 times, 1 percent said 11-15 times, and 3 percent reported 16 times or more.

Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, said in comments released Tuesday that evangelism “does not appear to be the priority of churchgoers.”

“The task of making disciples of all nations has not been fully embraced in the American church — especially by the majority culture,” stated McConnell.

“This is in spite of the convenience of having other ethnicities and immigrants from other countries often living in the same neighborhood.”

Data for the LifeWay report came from an online survey of 2,500 Protestant churchgoers performed Jan. 14-29 with a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

Although the report found less than half had engaged in evangelism in the past six months, it also found that most respondents had invited an unchurched person to worship in the past six months.

Among ethnic groups surveyed for the report, Hispanic respondents were the most likely to have talked to someone about how to become a Christian within the past six months, with only 32 percent reporting that they had not done so.

Hispanic churchgoers were also the ethnic group most likely to have invited someone to church, with 71 percent of Hispanic respondents saying they had done so.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski