(On Mission Magazine, Summer 2007, Pastors’ Edition)
“A new Ellison Research study finds 39% of U.S. pastors aren’t highly interested in offering more community outreach programs. They prefer to focus on their own congregation and on spiritual needs rather than physical needs. When asked what was holding their church back from being more involved in their communities, at least half of all pastors cited these four reasons:
– Lack of sufficient volunteers (58%)
– Lack of sufficient staff (56%)
– Lack of sufficient lay leaders (52%)
– Insufficient funds (50%)
Despite the lack of interest for increased community outreach, 97% of churches report doing something specifically for the purpose of evangelism over the past year.
Source: Facts & Trends, January/February 2007
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