Christian Research have published a study on whether the credit crunch is making people re-examine their core values and priorities. A survey of over 2000 people in April found that 70% of them had "had cause to reconsider their core values, or think about the big issues like ‘the meaning of life’, in the last year".
Here's what that re-evaluation looked like in practice, in terms of what people were thinking about doing:
Researcher Benita Hewitt argues that what folk are mainly looking for is belonging, rather than a deeper meaning or purpose to things, as a result of insecurity due to the credit crunch. More details on that in her powerpoint presentation on the research.
Another interesting finding:
The place of prayer, church going or reading the Bible
- 1 in 4 considered either praying, going to church or reading the Bible
- 17% of people searching either prayed, went to church or reading the Bible and found it helpful and worth doing again
- 8 in 10 of those who considered praying, did so, found it helpful and worth doing again
45% of adults say they are Christian and are searching. Of these, 1 in 3 considered praying, going to church or reading the Bible.
23% of adults are not affiliated to any religion and are searching. Of these only 4% of considered praying, going to church or reading the Bible
On the same site, it's worth looking at the conference report, which looks at evangelism in the modern day context, what works, what helps, and how we equip people better, some interesting reflections.
Ht Evangelism UK.