Tuesday, February 17, 2009

On Spiritual Gifts

The Barna Group has just released data from their survey on spiritual gifts. It is interesting timing because we have been talking about the use of spiritual gifts inventories as part of the Pathway to Discipleship. You can read about the survey here:

Survey Describes the Spiritual Gifts That Christians Say They Have

There are some pretty telling stats. According to the survey, among all "born again" Christians (evangelical and non-evangelical combined) only 1% claimed the gift of evangelism (that is down from 4% in 1995.) That could be a problem. Fortunately, the number who claim the gift of encouragement grew from 2% in 1995 to 6% today. The 1% who feel they have the gift of evangelism are going to need all the encouragement they can get.


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