The latest research from LifeWay shows that
Christians are sitting on their hands when it comes to
According to Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, Christians might freely
discuss their faith within the walls of a church, but not much
"Probably the big picture in this LifeWay Research project is
that churchgoers think they should share their faith; they actually
indicate they feel equipped to share their faith, but most actually
never share their faith," he details. "So, there's a lot of …
knowledge, but not a lot of action."
Nearly half of the Christians surveyed say they have not even
invited someone to church.
"I think we've got a long way to go. I mean, it seems to me that
Christians love evangelism as long as somebody else is doing it,"
Stetzer offers. "I think what we need to see is Christians really
[embracing] that. 80 percent agree that it's their responsibility
to share their beliefs about Jesus Christ with non-Christians, but
they're actually not."
The faithful surveyed say they pray for lost people, and figures
show those believers are more likely to reach out. However, people
are more likely to pray than to do the actual legwork.
The LifeWay Research president concludes that it is essential
for Christians to understand that the faith is intended to be
shared. Sharing faith helps believers and churches grow.