LifeWay Research has released the results of a new survey on how churches are doing in the area of discipling their members.
Scott McConnell, executive director of the Nashville-based evangelical research group, shares the findings of the survey of 1,000 protestant pastors on this topic.
"We see that almost two-thirds of pastors are satisfied with the state of discipleship and spiritual formation in their church," McConnell relays. "But if we kind of look at the individual responses, we see that 78 percent indicate there's room for improvement. In other words, they didn't give the highest level of agreement with that satisfaction."
He suggests it might be that way because a good number of pastors are not tracking and assessing their congregations' growth in the Lord.
"We actually see that 44 percent of churches are not even regularly evaluating discipleship progress," McConnell explains. "So a little bit of that satisfaction information from pastors is just based on a hunch rather than actually any type of actual measurement of how people are doing in their walk with Christ."
According to the study, Sunday school and ongoing small group Bible studies are the most common discipleship approaches used by churches, followed by sermons, women's groups, and short-term Bible studies.