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What Christians can learn from consumer best buy research
There's a magazine from my childhood which has hugely influenced my thinking since. Not a comic or storytelling publication. It was WHICH?, the magazine of the pioneering UK consumer group CA. Research is also vital for Christian ministry and evangelism.
Research study released into Christian use of social networking
A questionnaire-based research study into social media evangelism by Christian Vision has just been published. CV's Andrew Flynn comments, "It basically confirms that Christians are aware of the opportunity to evangelize online but need help in how to – but that they are already a lot more engaged relationally than perhaps we sometimes give credit for."
Religious attitudes to Christian faith in Australia and Europe
Australia is probably similar in religious attitudes to most European countries, and Canada. Check the detailed infographic below of Australian views. There are similar figures available for Europe from the Eurobarometer and Gallup Polls – unfortunately these do not measure animosity/hostility as such, though this may overlap considerably with the percent of non-theists in their research results.
Teens growing up online are in a different world than the rest of us
I'm not yet 30 years old, but my experience of the world growing up as a teenager is vastly different to that of teenagers today. It's been a shock to consider how different our worlds are. Below are a couple of documentaries by PBS that explore how the internet is changing every aspect of our lives, and the challenges for children who are growing up in this very different world.
Biggest online behaviour research project
The largest ever global research project into people’s online activities and behavior has just been released by TNS Digital Life. Covering nearly 90 per cent of the world’s online population through 50,000 interviews with consumers in 46 countries, the study reveals major changes in the world’s online behavior.
The Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development. Equipping Pastors, Churches and You! Continuing the Legacy and Influence of Francis Schaeffer with New Research and Findings.
Free Christian books and downloads
Our review page of recommended books for evangelism, communication and web ministry includes many completely free book and study-course downloads, mainly in PDF format.
Amazing stats for how people use the digital media
The world-changing spread of the Web are charted on this interactive world map displaying figures from 1998 to 2008. For more interative maps from Charts Bin on a range of statistical developments, including web users, mobile subscribers, and many social trends.
Why people go online. Valuable interactive piechart and stats from Ruder Finn research
Public relations and communiciations consultancy group Ruder Finn offers some revealing and valuable figures under the heading Intent is the New Demographic. This is displayed using an interactive pie-chart. By default, this opens as a simplified summary with the option to click on different demographic groups: Men, Women, Youth, Seniors, or All. Click on the ‘full index’ link on that page, and you get a more complex piechart with subdivisions, but which (as far as I understand) represents the ‘All’ percentages broken into subdivision categories.
Research study on making church websites outsider friendly and evangelistic
Ceri Longville, a student at Redcliffe Bible College in Gloucester UK, has just published her college dissertation on church websites.