Proof: Young people are far more receptive to the gospel than we think

Jul 12, 2017 by

by Jimmy Dale, Christian Today:

Last month, Hope Revolution published its ‘Talking Jesus’ research, looking at perceptions of Jesus, Christians and evangelism among 11 to 18-year-olds.

The finding have caused quite a stir, with one statistic in particular raising eyebrows. The research found that while 41 per cent of 11 to 18-year-olds identify as Christian, 21 per cent were willing to also say that they identified as ‘active followers of Jesus’.

When I was interviewed about these finding for the Sunday Telegraph, I commented that as a team, these results had ‘shocked us’, even going as far as to say that ‘there was disbelief among the team because [that number] was so high’. Martin Saunders, in his commentary piece, noted that that was ‘a remarkably honest sentiment’, and one he shared.

For many of us in youth ministry, these figures do seem high and have raised many questions.

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