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What Do People Think of Christianity? Response – Michael Harvey

I am really grateful for the survey by Will Bissett on the perceptions of the Christian faith held by those on the fringes. It has highlighted some real hope for the church. I am particularly impressed with Will’s determination to invite people on the outskirts of the church into a conversation about Christianity. I was […]

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What Do People Think of Christianity? Response – Simon Benham

As a church pastor the results of Will’s Survey weren’t a surprise to me. We live in a nation where fewer and fewer people are going to church, or have even had any meaningful interaction with church beyond going to the occasional wedding or funeral. As James Emery-White has pointed out the fastest rising religious group […]

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What Do People Think of Christianity? Part 6 – Will Bissett

6. What are the implications of these perceptions for mission? Part 2: A response. As mentioned previously, respondents in this research had the chance to provide free-text commentary supporting their score choices. With 228 respondents and 5 opportunities to provide qualifying comments that made for 1,140 optional possibilities for comment. Many took the opportunity to […]

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What Do People Think of Christianity? Part 5 – Will Bissett

5. What are the implications of these perceptions for mission? Part 1: The contemporary situation. The findings underline that in the UK we are in a missional situation, but one tainted with negative perceptions that need to be addressed if we are to effectively communicate the Good News of Jesus Christ. Table showing the difference […]

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What Do People Think of Christianity? Part 4 – Will Bissett

4. If a church pastor had a coffee with you, what would be the number 1 thing that you’d share to help make his church ministry more effective to ‘outsiders’? I’m well aware that that some Pastors reading this are very engaged with culture and trying to find new, different and appropriate ways to communicate […]

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What Do People Think of Christianity? Part 3 – Will Bissett

3. Are there things that churches think they’re doing right that actually we’re doing wrong (and vice versa)? The findings highlight and remind us of the gulf in mindset and perception between believers and non-believers.  A lot of our communications, questions and events often seem targeted at people who have a Christian background or as […]

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What Do People Think of Christianity? Part 2 – Will Bissett

2. Was there an outstanding finding? Were there any surprises? The sample was split into 3 groups; regulars (attending church at least once a month), affiliates (identified as Christian but with low or no attendance), Others (no Christian affiliation). Whilst it may seem obvious that Regulars would rate God, Jesus, Christians, Christianity and Church more […]

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What Do People Think of Christianity? Part 1 – Will Bissett

A study into perceptions of the Christian faith held by those on the fringes, and those outside the church The Prime Minister has asserted that the UK is a Christian country. Is he right? In the 2011 census just over 59% of people in the UK claimed some kind of Christian affiliation or identity. Other […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Managing Staff – Part 4: The Plan – John Truscott

This time I build on the three foundations of job description, person profile and employment terms to create a plan for the worker that will give them a right balance of challenge and support. Getting that balance just right is your responsibility. It will be different for each person you manage. No, not easy! Personal […]