Jump directly to the content

80% of Churchgoers Don't Read Bible Daily, LifeWay Survey Suggests

Transformational Discipleship study reveals low level of "Bible engagement."

In a fresh study of "Bible engagement" released yesterday, LifeWay Research surveyed more than 2,900 Protestant churchgoers and found that while 90 percent "desire to please and honor Jesus in all I do," only 19 percent personally read the Bible every day.

LifeWay also found that higher levels of Bible engagement were correlated to six actions:

1. Confessing wrongdoings to God and asking forgiveness.

2. Believing in Jesus Christ as the only way to heaven and the number of years one has believed this.

3. Making a decision to obey or follow God with an awareness that choosing to do so might be costly. (63% of churchgoers say they have at least once in the last six months.)

4. Praying for the spiritual status of people they know are not professing Christians.

5. Reading a book about increasing their spiritual growth. (61% of churchgoers say they have in the last year.)

6. Having been discipled or mentored one-on-one by a more spiritually mature Christian. (47% of churchgoers say they have been discipled or mentored.)

"Bible engagement points people toward maturity and maturing Christians have practices that correspond to Bible reading," said LifeWay Research president Ed Stetzer. "Almost all churchgoers want to honor God, but more than a third indicate obedience is not something they have done when it is costly to them."

Related Topics:Surveys
Posted:September 7, 2012 at 10:50AM
Gleanings aggregates what others are reporting. Learn more.

Leave a Comment

Use your Christianity Today login to leave a comment on this article.
Not part of the community? Subscribe now, or register for a free account.
Login
or
Subscribe
or
Register
Recent Posts
New Poverty-Fighting Alliance Launches
World Relief, Germany-based PartnerAid combine to grow programs, donor base.
Bible Society Takes 'More Accurate and Hopeful' Stance on Scripture Skeptics
(UPDATED) No more 'Bible antagonists,' among many findings in this year's ABS/Barna 'State of the Bible' report.
Popular Pastor Resigns after 'Moral Failure,' But Followers Still Want His Sermons
Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale explains why it took down Bob Coy's teachings on marriage.
Crimea Adoptions to Americans Blocked by Russia
(UPDATED) Ukraine has replaced Russia as No. 3 source of U.S. adoptions. But Crimea crisis has Christian alliance preparing evacuation plan for 4,000 orphans.