Craig Springer: What You Need to Know About Millennials and Evangelism

Alpha USA

Craig Springer is the executive director of Alpha USA, an organization which helps churches invite non-Christians to explore questions of faith in a welcoming environment. Craig has a broad personal church background including non-denominational megachurches, Vineyard churches, evangelical Presbyterian churches, and international church planting. He currently serves at Cherry Hills Community Church in Denver. Craig and his wife, Sarah, have a son and a daughter.

Key Questions for Craig Springer

– What did you learn from the Reviving Evangelism study, specifically about the future of evangelism?

– What does Scripture tell us about how Jesus approached evangelism?

Key Quotes from Craig Springer

“47 percent of Millennial Christians believe it is wrong to share their faith.”

“94 percent of Millennial Christians believe that the best thing that could happen to anyone is that they would come to know Jesus…There’s not a decline in passion among Millennial Christians for their friends and family to know Jesus. ”

“Millennial Christians have more non-Christian friends than any other preceding generation.”

“Millennial Christians and Gen Z Christians are dealing with this far-more inflamed polarized tone in our culture. We have to do much more to disarm and to build trust and create spaces of belonging before we can even have a conversation.”

“The top priority that a non-Christian believes would help them consider faith with a conversation partner is someone who listens without judgment and the second top priority is someone who doesn’t force them to draw a conclusion.”

“Jesus asked 307 questions and he only directly answered eight questions…That’s his approach to bringing the Kingdom to bear in people’s lives, is listening, storytelling, creating space for conversation.”

“When we’re focused on helping people understand us or our doctrine, not giving them space to process out what they’re thinking, we’re not creating that sense of home, that sense of belonging before they believe.”

“We need to rethink our evangelism training. How much training are we giving Christians in the art of listening? If we were following Jesus’s methods of evangelism, we would be the best listeners on the planet.”

“82 percent of people who complete an Alpha Course from start to finish end up developing a relationship with Jesus somewhere along the way.”

“Nothing lights up your prayer life more than praying for someone to meet Jesus and then they do before your eyes.”

“With churches that are really thriving evangelistically, you’ll see that there’s a white-hot fire of prayer and worship beneath that.” If you want your evangelistic temperature to rise as a church, you won’t be able to carry the burden and opportunity of that if your prayer and worship temperature don’t rise with it.”

Mentioned in the Show:

AlphaUSA.org
Reviving Evangelism Study
Jesus Is the Question

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Jason Daye
As Director of Ministry Development for Outreach, Inc., Jason dedicates his time to encouraging and equipping churches, denominations and ministry organizations to develop their Kingdom effectiveness by creating a culture that is both incarnational and invitational. Jason lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his beautiful wife and six children, where he enjoys hiking with his family, fighting rainbow trout, summiting 14ers and swapping stories with good friends. Connect with him on Twitter @jasondaye

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