Barna Study Shows Almost Half of Millennials Don’t Believe in Evangelism

Although a large percentage of Millennials (73 percent) claim they are prepared to give answers about their faith, almost half of them (47 percent) believe that sharing one’s beliefs with someone of a different faith in an evangelistic method is wrong, according to a new “Reviving Evangelism” study by Barna Group.

That could be partially because young people are more prone to think that if someone disagrees with them it means that person is judging them, a perspective that older generations don’t hold.

“Cultivating deep, steady, resilient Christian conviction is difficult in a world of ‘you do you’ and ‘don’t criticize anyone’s life choices’ and emotivism, the feelings-first priority that our culture makes a way of life,” says David Kinnaman, president of Barna Group. “As much as ever, evangelism isn’t just about saving the unsaved, but reminding ourselves that this stuff matters, that the Bible is trustworthy and that Jesus changes everything.”

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