Wednesday, 9 February 2011

21st Century Evangelicals

The Evangelical Alliance and Christian Research have recently published a groundbreaking research report, 21st Century Evangelicals: a snapshot of the beliefs and habits of evangelical Christians in the UK.

Over 17 000 Christians, not all evangelicals, completed the questionnaire to inform this fascinating report.  The report explores the distinctive beliefs of evangelicals compared with other Christians.  The Evangelical Alliance on its website states:

This is the first in a series of groundbreaking reports which will paint a comprehensive and detailed picture of evangelicals in the UK at the beginning of the 21st century. This picture will be an invaluable asset to church leaders and Christian organisations as it provides encouragement, presents challenges, guides reflection and stimulates discussion. And it is critical as we look to the future. By presenting an accurate picture of evangelicals today, we can be much better equipped to make effective plans for tomorrow.

We're doing everything we can to make this report widely available. It can be viewed online, it can be downloaded and it's available as a printed booklet. If you're involved in church leadership, make sure everyone in your church's leadership team takes a look at this report and then spend some time discussing some of the questions this research raises. There are a few discussion questions in the report, and more are available online.

In the months to come we are going to delve deeper in order to understand more fully the beliefs of evangelical Christians and how these beliefs impact their lives. We'd be delighted if you were willing to be part of this exciting research.

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