Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) has partnered with Barna Group—an industry leader for research-based insights about faith and culture, leadership and vocation, and generational groups—on a critical three-year study of faith in America. This bold new collaboration will allow LHM to create resources and online courses that address the needs of both the churched and non-churched.
Spiritual Conversations in the Digital Age
Evangelism has changed in the past 25 years. The ways Christians share, how often they engage in spiritual conversations and their goals for sharing faith are different. The attitudes and responses of those who hear the gospel have also evolved. Technology and rapid cultural shifts, including the impact of social media, have redefined the ways we communicate.
With so many ways to faith share, how do we know if our sharing is effective?
Spiritual Conversations in the Digital Age focuses on this shifting definition of evangelism and the perceptions of faith sharing from both sides of the conversation: the sharer and the hearer. Through this research, church leaders can coach Christians to be effective in sharing the unchanging Good News in the digital age.
The ways we share our faith have changed, but the Great Commission remains.
Books & Resources
Spiritual Conversations in the Digital Age Monograph
Technology and rapid cultural shifts may have altered the face of evangelism, but the call to bring Christ to the nations remains. This new report tracks what has changed so that church leaders can coach Christians to be effective in sharing the unchanging Good News.
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Spiritual Conversations in the Digital Age Starter Kit
Discover the delight of spiritual conversations with tools, based on research from Barna, for your individual and congregational outreach. Each kit includes one Barna SCDA monograph, The Reluctant Witness book, workshop DVD, selected Project Connect booklets, 25 Curve Cards, and online course information.
The Eager Conversationalist/Spiritual Conversation Curve Workshops
Drawing on Barna Group data contained in the 2018 monograph Spiritual Conversations in the Digital Age, Lutheran Hour Ministries is offering two workshops: the first, Eager Conversationalists, examines spiritual conversations. It offers insights to help us become more intentional-more eager-to engage in spiritual conversations with others. The second, The Spiritual Conversation Curve, offers help in getting past conversational hurdles. This is possible when we focus on someone's "spiritual posture," so as not to impose a conversation that's forced or ill-timed.
Spiritual Conversation Curve Cards
Use this card to help you consider how you can engage in faithful prayer and fruitful conversation with the people in your life who do not share your faith.
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The Reluctant Witness: Discovering the Delight of Spiritual Conversations
Don Everts grew up assuming that spiritual conversations are always painful and awkward. But his surprising -- and sometimes embarrassing -- stories affirm what Scripture and the latest research reveal: spiritual conversations can actually be a delight. With original research from the Barna Group on spiritual conversations in the digital age, this book offers fresh insights and best practices for how to become an eager conversationalist.
How to Talk About Your Faith: An Introduction to the Spiritual Conversation Curve
Equip yourself with knowledge and confidence to have faith-sharing dialogues with others. This easy-to-read, easy-to-use booklet is ideal for helping you have more fruitful conversations about Jesus.
LHM Learn Courses
LHM Learn offers free online courses to help you process and apply the information we gained from Spiritual Conversations in the Digital Age.
- Then & Now: The Nature of Spiritual Conversations Today
- Eager to Share: The DNA of Eager Conversationalists
- Prepared to Respond: The Spiritual Conversation Curve
Spiritual Conversations in the Digital Age Webinars
While technology and rapid cultural shifts have altered the face of evangelism, the Great Commission remains. This FREE three-session webinar presents findings from joint research done by Lutheran Hour Ministries and Barna about the state of spiritual conversations today. It explores changes in how and why people share the unchanging Good News in the digital age. This webinar digs deeper into our findings about the changes to faith sharing over the past 25 years, how people are sharing their faith today, the profile of those who are eager to share their faith, and how you can apply those insights to spiritual conversations in your everyday life.
Access the recorded webinars for free at LHM Learn!
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