Teleios recently completed a survey of visitors to the Instagram account, Instapray. We had 884 participants, mostly all comprised of youth (<18 years) as well as millennials (18-34 years), 77% evangelicals and 43% ex-US. We asked them regarding their Christian walk, and how church affected their wellbeing.
Last week, we discussed the positive effect on wellbeing by the church and its members on young evangelicals; especially through prayer, assisting the Christian walk and praise.
This week let’s discuss the influence of church leadership on wellbeing. Interestingly, the effect of church leadership on wellbeing did not differ statistically among the international regions represented in our survey: the USA, Canada, Asia and commonwealth countries (P>0.05).
How did church leadership best help wellbeing among young evangelicals?
1. Bible-based teaching and preaching (75%) – Overwhelmingly, this criterion was selected by participants. It is heartening to see such an important cornerstone of church function chosen by young evangelicals.
We know that the teaching of God’s vibrant word is a vital function of the church. Such teaching occurs not only in the Sunday sermon, but in Sunday school, small groups, discipleship relationships and self-study. Certainly, great results can be anticipated in our lives by knowing His scripture by which the church greatly assists us (1 Timothy 3:2, 4:6, 12, 16, 2 Timothy 2:2, 25-26).
2. Encouraging Bible based speech (51%) – This choice was a most pleasant surprise for second place. This topic is often an under stressed in church life. The Bible wisely indicates our speech should be primarily for the hearer, to meet their needs, and not for ourselves (Ephesians 4:29, 5:17-18, Colossians 3:16-17, 4:6).
3. Powerful biblical vision for the church (44%) – Participants also nicely perceived that church leadership actually helps their wellbeing by directing the church in Biblically based goals! How wonderful is that!
The church may have some attendees, which we have shown through Teleios research, that seek an alternative self-focused agenda. The church leadership’s role is to stay close to biblical goals and keep the church directed to serve God with the accompanying fruit in individual member’s lives as well as the community.
Indeed, the church functions not to meet its own institutional needs primarily but to outreach to the world as well as to equip its members to go out and impact the community for the gospel and the common good (Matthew 28:20, 1 Timothy 2:1, Galatians 6:10, 1 Thessalonians 3:12, 5:15).
See more information from this survey at the Teleios website at www.teleiosresearch.com.
I marvel at these survey results that demonstrate, across the world, the precious unity provided by the Bible and promoted by the Holy Spirit among young evangelicals. Surely, we have a great God who preserves and expands His word across generations for the benefit of all who hear.
Join us again next week as we continue to explore Teleios research and the benefits of what scripture tells us.
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