Out with the previous, in with the brand new? Survey reveals modified attitudes in direction of "Christians"
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Older Christians may like "winning souls to Christ," but a new study by Barna suggests that their younger counterparts may squirm at such words.
That's because Barna's latest research shows that Millennials and Gen Z are more sensitive to the terminology used by Christians – popularly known as "Christians".
His report, The Future of Missions, found that nearly a third of young adults (31%) and adolescents (30%) oppose the term "winning souls".
They are even less of a fan of "converts" as 35% of young adults and 38% of teenagers find the word uncomfortable.
Older Christians were less impressed. Forty-four percent of those over 35 said they were unaffected by "converts", "winning souls" and other terms such as "making disciples", "bearing witness" and "missions".
When it comes to evangelism, most young adults (59%) and teenagers (65%) prefer to say "share faith".
However, their aversion to more traditional terminology should not be confused with an aversion to participating in missions or evangelism, according to the Barna report.
"Your objections do not necessarily mean that you abandon your missions altogether," said the report.
Indeed, young adults who may wriggle about using 'converts' or 'winning souls', for example, are more likely than others to know and have been a missionary personally (83% versus 77%) on an international mission mission trip (41 vs. 29%). "