A recent survey showed that 88% of believers in the U.S. share their faith through personal posts in their social media accounts.
The Barna Group and Lutheran Hour Ministries published a new report on June 26, 2018 showing how people use their digital devices to talk about their faith. Many American Christians see technology as an easier way to evangelize, reports Uganda Christian News.
Technology and rapid cultural shifts may have altered the face of evangelism, but the Great Commission remains. This new report tracks what has changed so that leaders can coach Christians to be effective in sharing the unchanging Good News. —Barna Group
Nearly three in ten, or 28%, of the participants claimed that they have shared their faith with non-believing friends on social media. Almost six in 10, or 58%, non-Christians say someone has shared their faith with them through Facebook.
The report also found that 30% of self-identified Christians are comfortable sharing their religious beliefs online as well as in person. Nearly half of the participants, or 47%, agreed that “technology and digital interactions have changed how others respond when I share my faith.”
Millenials, or the younger generation, are noted to be more cautious about discussing their faith online. Fifty-eight percent of participants in the Millenials group said they are more careful when sharing their faith through social media and other digital platforms.
According to the Christian polling firm, “Technology and rapid cultural shifts may have altered the face of evangelism, but the Great Commission remains. This new report tracks what has changed so that leaders can coach Christians to be effective in sharing the unchanging Good News.”
Many churches around the world have tapped into the powers of technology to spread Christianity. A church in Germany uses Twitter to share the liturgy and prayers while an Aussie cleric uses memes to evangelize.
The Barna study surveyed 1,714 adults in the U.S., comprised of 535 Millennials and 689 Practicing Christians.