Sometimes I get very distracted by bookshelves – so many great books to read and enjoy, and so much work to procrastinate! Picked up Thom Ranier’s book, “The Unchurched Next Door,” and I’ve been ruined for the past 2 days. I’d like to share with you his top 10 surprises from the introduction (didn’t even make it to chapter 1 before I was ruined). I’m not sure how much I like the term “unchurched”, better might be neighbour – I’ll stick with that.
#1 – Most of your neighbours prefer to attend church on Sunday
#2 – Females are usually most antagonistic or most receptive to the gospel
#3 – Most of my neighbours feel guilty about not attending church
#4 – 82% of our neighbours are at least “somewhat likely” to attend church if asked.
#5 – Very few of your neighbours have had someone share with them how to become a Christian. And Christians have not been particularly influential in their lives.
#6 – Most have a positive view of pastors, minister and the church.
#7 – Some types of “cold calls” are effective, many are not.
#8 – My neighbours would like to develop a real and sincere relationship with a Christian.
#9 – Attitudes of our neighbours is not related to where they live, ethnicity, race, or gender.
#10 – Most of my neighbours are far more concerned about the spiritual well-being of their children than of themselves.
I was most surprised by #4 in that 4 of 5 people might come to church if invited. Second most surprising to me was #9 – I’d have thought that there would have been at least regional differences or generational differences.
What surprises you when you read this list? Is there any of these that you think you’d need more information or context?