In “Lost and Found: The Younger Unchurched and the Churches that Reach Them” Ed Stetzer (Lifeway Research) surveyed 1,000 unchurched young adults about the issues of church and spirituality. The study revealed that young adults are more open to issues of Bible engagement than older generations.
The Lifeway research findings for younger unchurched Canadians are as follows:
– 51% say they would be willing to study the Bible if a friend asked them
– 89% say they would be willing to talk to someone about Christian faith
– 32% would be willing to join a small group to study the Bible
While many un-churched young adults are prepared to study the Bible, they’re not too keen on the church:
– 41% believe the church is full of hypocrites
– 67% would not visit or join a church that does not welcome or affirm homosexual members
[Note: The main reason why younger un-churched Canadians won’t visit churches that don’t welcome homosexuals is because they consider it to be a justice issue. In contrast most churches view homosexuality as a moral/biblical issue]
In another recent study, Thom Rainer interviewed thousands of unchurched non-Christians and asked them what they really thought about Christians. One of Rainer’s seven key discoveries was that unchurched non-Christians would like to learn about the Bible from a Christian, but not in a church setting. Rainer cites someone who said, “The Bible really fascinates me, but I don’t want to go to a stuffy and legalistic church to learn about it. It would be nice if a Christian invited me to study the Bible in his home or at a place like Starbucks.” [Source: What Non-Christians Really Think About Christians]
The bottom line: Younger unchurched Canadians give thumbs up for Bible engagement and thumbs down for church engagement. That’s the good news bad news!
© Scripture Union Canada 2013