RESEARCH TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
What is a typical evangelical Christian? What contributions do they make to society? What do they believe? What is distinctive about their lifestyle? What opinions do they hold about the most pressing issues of the day?
These are just some of the questions that the Evangelical Alliance is exploring as part of an ongoing study into the beliefs, habits and practices of evangelical Christians in the UK.
With the help of a 1,500-strong research panel, we are conducting
quarterly online surveys to help us more deeply understand the beliefs
and practices at the heart of evangelicalism. The answers will help
Christian leaders and the Church at large to understand their social
context, and to make more effective plans for mission and ministry in
the world today.
OUR LATEST REPORT
You can now read and download our latest report: Working faithfully?
This report provides fascinating insights into evangelicals' experiences and opinions of the world of work, including views on the living wage, job satisfaction and perceptions of discrimination in the workplace. It also explores whether the Church really supports working people and cares about the unemployed.
Headline statistics include:
- 84 per cent feel valued for the work they do (compared to 59 per cent in a similar government survey of civil servants)
- 61 per cent say a sense of calling is very important to them in a job, while only 22 per cent say a good rate of pay
- only 57 per cent felt their church encouraged and prepared them to witness and evangelise at work
- 52 per cent say they often have opportunities to share their faith while at work
- 7 per cent work more than 60 hours a week and 10 per cent have taken more than a few months off work due to stress
We hope that churches will find this report interesting and useful in thinking through how they can be relevant to workers and the unemployed in their community. We have created a free downloadable Powerpoint presentation and discussion questions based on the research findings to help both churches and small groups take a deeper look at some of the issues.
OUR NEXT report
Our next report (due in April 2014) will be on the theme of personal discipleship, based on our November 2013 survey.
OUR NEXT SURVEY
Our next survey will be live in February 2014. Fill in the Join the Panel form on the right to get involved.
For more information on our ongoing plans, visit our What's Next page.
Our research series
January 2011 saw the launch of 21st Century Evangelicals - a groundbreaking survey of more than 17,000 respondents. But this was just the beginning - a snapshot. From this snapshot, we are now working to produce a moving picture. An overview of our research so far:
- Working faithfully? - survey conducted in May 2013, report published in October 2013.
- Life in the church? - survey conducted in February 2013, report published in May 2013.
- Do we value education? - survey conducted November 2012, report published February 2013.
- Confidently sharing the gospel? - survey conducted August 2012, report published November 2012.
- Does money matter? - survey conducted May 2012, report published September 2012.
- The world on our doorstep? - survey conducted February 2012, report published May 2012.
- Are we communicating? - survey conducted August 2011, report published December 2011.
- How's the family? - survey conducted November 2011, report published February 2012.
- Does belief touch society? - survey conducted Easter 2011, report published September 2011.
- 21st Century Evangelicals - survey conducted throughout 2010, report published January 2011.
Our research panel is so important to us, and we are always looking for more people to get involved and take part in this important research. We would love it if you could fill in the Join the Panel form on the right to get involved.
We aren't doing this research alone; all our surveys and reports are designed and published in collaboration with our research partners. These partner organisations are CARE, Christians Against Poverty, Compassion UK, CWR, MAF, Open Doors and Prospects.