What do non-Christians really think about Christians and Jesus? What do they say when we’re not in the room?
TheResurgenceReport.com is the online memorial to theresurgence.com. It was a ministry that was in partnership with Mars Hill church in Seattle. During the few months before the unfortunate controversy of Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill church funded two research projects through Gfk and Saurage Marketing Research for a book Driscoll hoped to write about what un-churched and de-churched people think of Christians. When Mars Hill church began closing down, theresurgence.com decided to distribute this information online for free in the hopes that local pastors and lay leaders would benefit from the information.
The research included:
8 focus groups in 4 cities (San Francisco, Phoenix, Austin, and Boston)
A telephone survey with 1,000 responses throughout the U.S.
In the report you will find:
Phone Survey summary and responses from GfK.
List of the Top Objections to Christianity.
List of 1,000 verbatim responses to “What is your impression of Evangelical Christians?”
List of 1,000 verbatim responses to “Who is Jesus?”
Saurage Focus Groups summary.
10-minute audio clips of both men and women focus groups in 4 different cities.
Full transcripts from each focus group.
This information gives great insight into the specific objections that people have against Christianity, from issues of intolerance to politics.
Over the next few posts I will be going over the information that is included in this report. This information is invaluable for those who want to understand what un-churched and de-churched people think of Christians.
This information is still available online at theresurgencereport.com
I would encourage anyone that cares about the issue of people leaving the church to download this report and use this information to be more effective in your ministries.