Friday, August 9, 2019 12:18:00 PM
A LifeWay Research survey revealed conflicting views on whether Christians believe they need community for their faith.
According to the study from the Center for Church Revitalization at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 65 percent of respondents who attend Protestant or non-denominational churches at least once a month said they can have a relationship with God without other believers, CBN News reports. However, the survey also found that 75 percent said they need other believers for their faith.
"I believe this is primarily a discipleship issue," said the Center's Kenneth Priest, adding that there is a “spiritual apathy” in the church because of a “lack of pastors and spiritual leaders equipped to effectively preach and teach a text-driven life application of God’s Word.”
"The needing, yet not needing' responses demonstrate an internal turmoil of individuals desiring community, but not seeing the church as the place to have those needs met," Priest added.