LifeWay recently released the results of a new survey of 2,000 unchurched Americans. The results are very interesting, including:
- 79% of respondents said they don't mind their friends talking about their faith;
- only about a third say that someone has ever "explained the benefits of being a Christian" to them;
- two-thirds would attend a church-sponsored meeting about community safety, but only about half that number are interested in attending a church.
Global Outreach is committed to helping Christians understand that all believers are called to mission. We support and send believers to many different contexts, including locally in Tupelo (where our Home Office is), nationally throughout the United States, and abroad into 47 countries and many languages. But our overseas missionaries are no more and no less missionaries than local Tupelo believers who are faithful to God and treat their homes, communities, jobs, and churches as opportunities to live on mission, as missionaries.
We believe this position is biblically supported; additionally, if these LifeWay statistics are reliable, our communities need believers who live with a stance of mission in all they do, because those communities are probably not going to show up at your church building for church activities. Christians need to be actively living on mission in their workplaces and communities, doing what they always do with excellence and attentiveness to the Spirit's leading, meeting and serving and loving unchurched people where they are. We believe the Lord will reward and multiply this sort of Kingdom-minded faithfulness.
Read the rest of the survey results at LifeWay's site here.