British evangelicals 'struggling to become like Jesus'
While three-quarters (76%) of lay evangelicals have been Christians for more than 20 years, many struggle with the concept of Christ-likeness ...
While three-quarters (76%) of lay evangelicals have been Christians for more than 20 years, with an average of 22 years, many struggle with the concept of Christ-likeness, which is typically expressed in terms of kindness.
Some 54% have a concern that ‘becoming more Christ-like will increasingly alienate Christians from the culture around them’, according to the Langham Partnership who commissioned the research.
In the survey carried out by Brierley Consultancy in 2012, evangelism is only seen as the fourth most important (of six) key dimensions of church life.
Two-fifths of evangelicals have never attended any other than their existing place of worship.
The overwhelming majority of lay evangelicals consider that their faith has grown during the past year through church and house group teaching and fellowship.
The Bible is also deemed a significant influence, not just for faith development, but also in shaping attitudes to family and world; this is especially true of the over-40s. Prayer is widespread with 71% of these laity praying every day and a further 22% several times a week.
The Langham Partnership (UK and Ireland) aims ‘to help churches grow in maturity or simple Christ-likeness’, and is running the 9-a-day: Becoming Like Jesus campaign from January-July 2013 ‘to encourage Christians in that transformative process’.