Quick to Listen/Episode 147 |57min

No, Millennials Aren’t Killing Evangelism

But if you’re hesitant about sharing the gospel in the 21st century, here's what you need to know about effectively reaching people for Christ.

Half of millennial Christians say it’s wrong to evangelize.

This was the headline from CT’s report from new Barna Group research examining the perspectives of millennials, Gen-X, boomer, and elder practicing Christians on sharing their faith. (Note: Barna defines “practicing Christians” as churchgoers who consider religion an important part of their lives.)

More than 90 percent of practicing Christians of all generations agreed somewhat or strongly that “part of my faith means being a witness about Jesus” and “the best thing that could ever happen to someone is for them to come to know Jesus.”

Millennials were more likely than any other age group to say that they were gifted at sharing their faith with other people. In fact, 73 percent said they were compared to 56 percent of elders, who were the least secure about their ability.

But controversially—at least to CT’s Twitter followers—47 percent of millennials said it was wrong to share one’s personal beliefs with someone of a different faith in hopes that they will one day share the same faith.

What should we make of these numbers?

Alpha USA executive director Craig Springer joined digital media producer Morgan Lee and editor in chief Mark Galli to discuss what these figures really mean, why the best way to do evangelism may just be asking questions, and why Christian unity is a good form of Christian witness.

This episode of Quick to Listen is brought to you in part by Kinship United, a non-profit organization rescuing widows and orphans around the world from trafficking, slavery, and death for the past 19 years. To learn more about how you can rescue an orphan or widow visit KinshipUnited.org today.

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This episode of Quick to Listen is also brought to you by Hope for the Lonely. Every week on her new podcast, Hope for the Lonely, Charlotte Donlan examines a different angle of loneliness. You can find Hope for the Lonely on iTunes and learn more at charlottedonlon.com.

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