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New Research: Survey Says Spiritual Maturity Comes through Intentionality
Transformational Discipleship Canada sheds light on what causes spiritual maturity. | [ posted 2/05/2014 ]
Today I am speaking at an event in Vancouver, BC that is being broadcast all over Western Canada. so I thought it would be appropriate to share some of our recent research on Transformational Discipleship in Canada.
LifeWay Research surveyed a representative sample of 1,086 Canadian adults as part of the Transformational Discipleship study. Participants attend a Protestant church at least once a month. The sample included churchgoers from a range of Protestant denominations, including mainline and evangelical churches. Interviews were conducted in English, Spanish and French. A demographically balanced online panel was used for the interviewing. Surveys were conducted Oct. 14-22, 2011.
A couple of days ago we released the results of a survey regarding spiritual maturity. Here are some key statistics from the survey:
Among 1,068 Canadian adults who go to church at least once a month:
- 29% say they set aside time daily to pray.
- 22% say they pray at a set time a few times a week.
- 18% say they rarely or never set aside time for prayer.
- 55% say they pray at the spur of the moment throughout the day.
Spiritual maturity is not an accident; seeking God speaks of intentionality—the believer who desires to know God in a deeper way and strives toward that goal.
When Jesus invited disciples to follow Him, it was a call to intentionally seek Him, to know Him, and to live for Him. This involves spending regular time with Him.