Barna Study Finds 51 Percent of American Churchgoers Are Unfamiliar With the Term ‘Great Commission’

A little over half of American churchgoers are not familiar with the term “Great Commission,” according to a study conducted by the Barna Group and the Seed Company.

The “Great Commission” is a term used to describe Jesus’ call to evangelism in Matthew 28:18-20: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

In a report released Tuesday, Barna found that 51 percent of church attendees in the United States were unfamiliar with the term “Great Commission.”

From there, 25 percent of respondents said they heard of it but did not recall its “exact meaning,” 17 percent knew for sure, and 6 percent said they were not sure.

“The data indicates that churches are using the phrase less, which may reveal a lack of prioritizing or focusing on the work of the Great Commission, but may also indicate that the phrase, rather than the Scriptures or the labor, has simply fallen out of favor with some,” noted Barna.

Barna drew from data based off of interviews conducted last October of 1,004 American adult churchgoers, with the term “churchgoers” being defined as someone who had attended worship within the past six months.

The report found mixed results for Millennial respondents. Compared to older generations, Millennials were not only the least likely to correctly identify the Great Commission based on the verse in Matthew, they were also the least likely among adult generations to not know what the Great Commission is.

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SOURCE: Christian Post