Recent research of the UK population shows an increasing number of people have little understanding of who Jesus is – with four in 10 not even being sure that Jesus was a real person who lived on earth.
Talking Jesus is the first study of its kind, and was commissioned in 2015 by the Evangelical Alliance, Church of England and HOPE, with the support of a wide range of denominations and networks.
Take a look:
- visit www.talkingjesus.org to access the full report, presentations and an animated video
- download a summary handout of the good, challenging and shocking news from the research
- download a powerpoint presentation exploring the good, challenging and shocking news from Talking Jesus (this takes about 25 minutes to present)
What did the research find?
Talking Jesus explored key questions including: What do people in the UK know and believe about Jesus? What do they really think of us, his followers? Are we talking about Jesus enough? And when we are, are we drawing people closer towards him, or further away?
Some of the findings were surprisingly encouraging:
- Two thirds of practising UK Christians say they’ve talked with a non-Christian about Jesus in the last month
- One in five non-Christians say, after having a conversation with a Christian about Jesus, they are now open to an encounter with Jesus
- 43% of the UK population say they believe in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead
But other findings give a stark challenge to the UK Church:
- Four in 10 (39 per cent) aren’t sure if Jesus was a real person who actually lived on earth
- 43% of all English non-Christians who know a Christian have never had a conversation with them about Jesus
- For those non-Christians who have had a conversation with a Christian about their faith, 43 per cent said that afterwards they “felt glad” they did not share the same faith as them
- Just 9 per cent of the population are practising Christians: regularly praying, reading the Bible and attending a church service at least monthly
- UK practising Christians are almost twice as likely as the national population to be educated to a degree level – 81 per cent compared to 45 per cent
The research is designed to help Christians and church leaders think through the challenges and opportunities for evangelism in the UK today.
Explore the findings in your area
Unity movements across the country have been exploring the findings, and taking the opportunity to discuss how they can work together to see Jesus known in their place.
“Our Talking Jesus event provoked vitally important conversations, bringing churches together to think about how we might make Jesus known in our region”, shared Pastor Tani Omideyi, who is leader of Temple of Praise church, a member of TfH steering group and chair of the Evangelical Alliance board.
“Significant momentum has been created with leaders calling for follow up events to discuss in more detail the practical next steps and what we can do together to share the good news across the Liverpool City region.”
“This is a great opportunity which shouldn’t be missed, and I would strongly encourage other unity groups to get in touch with the Evangelical Alliance and find out more about hosting a similar event in their area.”
If your unity movement would like to host a similar evangelism forum event, do get in touch with us at the Evangelical Alliance.
Visit www.talkingjesus.org to access the full report, presentations and an animated video.