More and more, pastors across America and around the world are reminding their congregations that all of us are in full time ministry. In fact, Ephesians 4:11 tells us that the role of the pastor is to equip (us) the saints for ministry. The sermons presented in this section are among the best that we’ve heard on the subject and mandate of faith sharing.
While these sermons are presented with permission, they do not by themselves carry an intent of endorsement for the ministry of Revival…Outside the Walls.
While church statistics are vitally important, research studies are often in disagreement. To gain added confidence in the numbers, Dr. Doug Petersen PhD, Oxford Center for Mission Studies, respected researcher and author on religious movements, has spent thousands of hours researching the research. The end result is what we call ROTW Certified Statistics that represent the evidence-based consensus of three or more respected research studies.
71% of the unchurched say they are likely to accept a personal invitation from a family member, friend or neighbor to attend church.
69% of churchgoers believe that everyone will go to heaven
51% of evangelicals believe many religions can lead to eternal life.
50% of churchgoers are unsure if people who know them are aware that they are Christians.
Only 61% of Americans have no doubts that God exists, a significant decline over the last two decades.
25% of Americans believe that the Bible is a storybook of fables and legends
87% of people not in church have at least one close friend who is a Christian.
62% of college-age Millennials (ages 18-24) say the church is too hypocritical and judgmental.
59% of all Christians say they seldom or never share their faith with others
56% of churchgoers don’t believe that sharing their faith is an essential obligation of their Christian life.
Doug Petersen is the Margaret S Smith Distinguished Professor of World Mission and Intercultural Studies and a director of the Judkins Institute for Leadership at Vanguard University. With more than 30 years of leadership responsibilities in non-profit and higher education organizations in Latin America and the United States. Professor Petersen is an experienced research scholar writing extensively on the beliefs and social practices of grassroots religious groups. His book, Not by Might, Nor by Power, focusing on religion and popular social movements, was selected among the Outstanding Books of the Decade 1990-2000 by the International Bulletin of Mission Research. In addition to his books, Petersen has published numerous scholarly journal articles and authored book chapters and popular pieces on religion, ethics, and politics. Professor Petersen holds a PhD in Social Theology from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Oxford, England.
Well that depends upon who you ask.
Almost three quarters (70%) of all the people who are affiliated with a church say no. Less than reassuring is that a majority of evangelicals are open to multiple ways of obtaining eternal life. Interestingly, young evangelicals (58%) are more likely to believe that Jesus is the only way compared with 52% of evangelicals aged 30 and over.