Statistics 101

January 27, 2010

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the fullest.” – John 10:10

How are you at statistical analysis? If you are like me, you may not be very good. But I have a copy of the results of a survey done by LifeWay Research. They polled 1402 unchurched adults (defined as people not going to church in the last six months) and found some interesting responses. What conclusions do you draw from these responses?

71% think believing in Jesus makes a positive difference in a person’s life.
72% believe that God actually exists.
72% say the church is full of hypocrites.
78% say, I would be willing to listen to somebody tell me about Christianity.
79% say Christianity today is more about organized religion than about loving people.
86% say I believe I can have a good relationship with God without belonging to a church.

Arthur Farnsley, administrator of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion interprets it this way, “Is there a workshop for churches in being less annoying, less hypocritical?”

Key thought: If Jesus is so attractive to the majority of the unchurched, how can the church become more and more like Jesus?

Hint = It begins with you and me.