6% of UK adults identify as practicing Christians, Evangelical Focus
The Evangelical Fellowship of Britain (EAUK), Alpha, HOPE Together, Luis Palau Association and Kingsgate Community Church released the Talking Jesus report.
He answers what people think of jesus; how non-Christians view their practicing Christian friends they might have; and the UK evangelism landscape today”, say its authors.
In addition, part of the report “also shows how practicing Christians come to faith and will help church leaders be strategic for growth”.
The research was carried out by Savanta ComRes, who conducted a 10-minute survey online interviews with around 4,000 UK adults between January 28 and February 13, 2022, with additional fieldwork between March 28 and April 5.
They divided respondents into two samples. One was designed to be UK national representative (3,115 people). The others were 917 practicing Christians. “After the fieldwork, these two samples were combined into one combined dataset,” they explained.
According to Rachel Jordan-Wolf, Executive Director of HOPE Together, “This research, which was first conducted in 2015, allows us to look back over 7 years and see trends that will strategically help us grow the church. “.
“He has important things to say about the Church’s investment in the younger generations, gives us real hope for the future of the Church and encouragement because now is the time for evangelism and the mission. It reaffirms that, post-pandemic, there has never been a better time, or more need, for us as Christians to invest in making Jesus known“, she added.
Rachael Heffer, Head of Mission at the Evangelical Fellowship UK, pointed out that “the report presents good news both for the church across the UK and for us as individual Christian witnesses. It will reaffirm that our non-Christian friends think well of us and like us, that there is an ever-widening openness to hear our stories of faith”.
The report shows that only 6% of adults UK identify as practicing Christianswhile 42% say they are Non-practicing Christians. He also found that 4% identify as agnosticsand 12% as atheists.
He also says that 20% of the UK population thinks that Jesus is the Son of God, and the majority (33%) see him as a prophet or spiritual leader, but not God. Besides, 45% respondents believe in his resurrection.
According to the report, while in 2015, 68% of non-Christians in the UK said they knew someone who was an active Christianin 2022, which fell to 53%.
“It’s a significant drop and a bit of a warning. As churches we must ensure and as individuals, we need to make sure that we have great, life-giving friendships with people who don’t yet know Jesus,” Jordan-Wolf emphasized.
Among non-Christian respondents, 33% want to know more about Jesus Christ after a conversation with a Christian. “It’s so encouraging, it’s increased. In 2015 it was one in five,” the HOPE Together executive director said.
“I wonder if the pandemic and a slightly more wonky world where people don’t know what’s going on has actually made people more interested in faith, but it makes this moment even more important for us to talk about our faithconcluded Jordan-Wolf.
In addition to the report, the Talking Jesus website offers “a course to train Christians to share their faith through six video sessions and a course manual.”
“One of the key facts we found in the 2015 research was that conversations with Christians are one of the most important influences in bringing people to faith. And we found that Christians aren’t always confident in putting their faith into words, so the course was created to inspire Christians to share their faith in natural and relevant ways,” the authors explain.