This past Sunday at Southbridge, we wrapped up our 19 month study in the book of Acts with a unique time of equipping. As a church staff, we wanted to end in a way that challenged our congregation to have a long-term impact on our city. We spent Sunday trying to ensure that our entire church body has the necessary tools to do what God has commanded us to do: be His witnesses.
At the beginning of the service, we had some fun with an interactive question and answer system that was provided to us by Creative Visions. The Q&A resulted in helpful statistics about how our congregation is sharing their faith and how equipped people feel to live as witnesses for Jesus Christ.
Below are a few of my thoughts about these stats and I would love to hear your thoughts too.
My Assessment: These statistics can be very encouraging or discouraging, depending how you look at them.
- Over 25% of Sunday’s attendees responded that sin is their greatest spiritual struggle. This means they have unresolved sin in their life…this is a tough, but honest answer.
- Slightly less than 5% of our attendance included people who identified themselves as non-believers. I wish we had more non-believers attending regularly. Granted, some people probably said they are believers and are not. I would challenge you to invite someone you know isn’t a believer to Southbridge for our new series starting this Sunday.
- Almost 14% have never shared the gospel. I realize some are new believers but I wish that the 95% who are believers in Jesus Christ would have shared their faith at least once.
- About 50% of our church has shared their faith in the last 6 months, which is significantly higher than the national average. I have seen stats ranging from 5% to as high as 39%.
- Only one person said they haven’t shared the gospel because they don’t care. I hope that was an accidental entry.
- Fear was the number one reason people do not share the gospel. Fear is overcome by love. This means we have to teach about the love they have experienced in Jesus Christ and how to demonstrate that love to others (Romans 5:8, 1 John 4). Eventually, they need to step out by faith and go for it.
- Spiritual disciplines (Bible reading, prayer, fasting) were by far the greatest spiritual struggle. This made me wonder if we should do a reading plan as a church, maybe fast together annually or bi-annually, or perhaps have specific prayer initiatives. What do you think? Leave a comment with your thoughts.
- Over 71% of our people have at least one person they are praying for regularly. Over 50% of them have personally shared the gospel with that person. This is great news! We are fulfilling the vision we cast of 10X.
Overall, I believe we are a more outwardly focused church than average. I would love for us to be the most outwardly focused church ever, but we are making progress and it’s all part of the journey.
What are your thoughts about these stats?