John Alan Turner

Writer, Theologian, Consultant, Speaker, Teacher

Evangelism by the Numbers

Picture a number line from 1 to 10: 1____________________10

On the left side of the scale (1), we have someone who is completely outside the Christian faith, no church affiliation, no relationship with God to speak of, no understanding of the Bible or who Jesus really is – possibly no real desire to understand these things. They may be familiar with the basics of the story, but they can’t connect the dots and don’t even realize there are dots to connect.

On the other end of the scale (10), we have someone who is ready to “step across the line” – ready to make a commitment of faith – the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8 saying, “Here is some water; what’s stopping me from being baptized right now?”

This is an overly simplistic scale, but I think it will illustrate a point.

Two questions: (1) Where on the scale was the average non-church-going American person in, say, 1960? (2) Where is the average non-church-going American person today?