Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Few Plan to Invite Unchurched to Easter Service

"Less than half of American churchgoers plan to invite unchurched people to Easter worship service this year, a new survey found.

Only one out of three active churchgoers (31 percent) said they would definitely invite someone they know who does not usually attend church to join them for Easter service, according to a Barna Group survey that examines Americans’ view on Easter.

The survey also found that though a solid majority of Americans would describe Easter as a religious celebration (67 percent), only a minority (42 percent) connected Easter with the Christian belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group and the one who directed the project, said he thinks the most troubling survey finding from a church leaders’ perspective is that most people who do know the meaning of Easter are not particularly inclined to invite unchurched friends to worship.

It suggests 'that their personal beliefs about Jesus have not yet translated into a sense of urgency for having spiritual conversations with their acquaintances,' Kinnaman said.

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