Serious Heads Up for Local Body Leadership
The responses to our 2014 October newsletter survey have been coming in, and the information we received in them is, in a word, shocking! The purpose of the survey was simply to get an idea of where the upcoming generation is in its spiritual interests and biblical understanding. The value of the survey from TBC’s perspective was the hope that we could use the feedback to help us as we attempt to edify, equip, and encourage our readers, primarily those believers in their 20s and 30s.
Although we had a target group, we are receiving responses from a wider age range, which is very helpful in our decision-making regarding what issues we need to address. The most “shocking” response to our questions has been the lack of understanding of what constitutes being saved. Many marked the box “Faith in Jesus plus works.” This is surprising coming from those who claim to be Christians, but some of their answers to other questions may indicate why they believe in a false gospel: they spend little if any time studying the Word of God.
Our exhortation to pastors, youth pastors, elders, Sunday school teachers, youth leaders, parents, grandparents, etc., is to hand out this anonymous, unintimidating but hopefully convicting survey in order to get an understanding of what others around you believe, especially regarding the gospel.
Although the results of the survey have been alarming, many leaders report their thankfulness for it because of what they have discovered about those to whom they minister. The survey can be found in the October issue or online at www.thebereancall.org/survey.
T. A. McMahon