A new study from the Barna Group, which compiles data on Christian trends in American culture, has revealed a staggering number of American millennials think evangelism is wrong. The report, commissioned by Alpha USA, showed 47% of millennials, born between 1984 and 1998, “agree at least somewhat that it is wrong to share one’s personal beliefs with someone of a different faith in hope that they will one day share the same faith.” By comparison, 27% of Gen X-ers, 19% of Boomers and 20% of Elders felt the same way. This new study makes millennials the most evangelism averse generation on record.
Barna President David Kinnaman said it is important for the church to “persuade younger Christians that evangelism is an essential practice of following Jesus. Cultivating deep, steady, resilient Christian conviction is difficult in a world that says ‘don’t criticize anyone’s life choices’. He said “As much as ever, evangelism isn’t just about saving the unsaved, but reminding ourselves that this stuff matters, that the Bible is trustworthy and that Jesus changes everything.” Interestingly, though, 73% of millennials feel very equipped and comfortable sharing details about their faith with others. Only 66% of Gen-Xers, 59% of Boomers and 56% of Elders said the same.
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