2015 Research

In March 2015, more than 40 key Christian leaders from across the spectrum of the English Church gathered in the Lake District. For 24 hours they prayed and talked, sharing their heart for mission and their collective longing to see God move in this nation.

The 2015 Talking Jesus research was born out of these discussions, giving a unique and fascinating insight into how our friends and neighbours view us as Christians, what they think about Jesus and how they react when we share Jesus with them. It also told us how often practising Christians* are sharing their faith, and how confident they feel when they talk about Jesus.

* It’s important to note that the definition of ‘practising Christian’ used in the 2015 Talking Jesus report referred to those in England who pray and read the Bible at least monthly, and attend a church service at least monthly. This definition has changed for the 2017 Talking Jesus publications, which use a tighter definition of ‘practising Christian’ – referring to those in England who report praying and reading the Bible at least weekly, and attending a church service at least monthly

Since the 2015 research was released, Christians and church leaders across the country have been unpacking the findings together. We’ve heard stories of individuals and churches re-inspired in sharing Jesus after hearing about the research, and of unity movements across the nation responding to the challenge of making Jesus known in their village, town or city. You can now explore our latest publications from 2017, including Talking Jesus: what can I do? – our new short summary booklet complete with stories and discussion questions.

Our original 2015 research documents are also available below.

The original 2015 research documents

The original Talking Jesus booklet, 2015

You can read our original 2015 Talking Jesus booklet online here, but it is not currently available to download.
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About the 2015 research

The research was carried out by Barna Group and ComRes. Barna Group is a visionary research and resource company located in Ventura, California. Started in 1984, the firm is widely considered to be a leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture. ComRes is a market research consultancy operating in the United Kingdom and internationally. Established in 2003 as Communicate Research Ltd. ComRes was founded to bridge the gap between communications strategy and traditional market research.

The researchers designed an online survey to administer among a carefully screened sample of 2,545 English adults ages 18 and older who are nationally representative by age, gender, region and socioeconomic grade. The sample error on this survey is plus or minus 1.9% points at the 95% confidence level. Additional data were collected through an online survey among an oversample of 1,592 English practising Christians. The sample error on the oversample data is plus or minus 2.5% points at the 95% confidence level.

It’s important to note that the definition of ‘practising Christian’ used in the 2015 Talking Jesus publications referred to those in England who pray and read the Bible at least monthly, and attend a church service at least monthly. This definition has changed for the 2017 Talking Jesus publications, which use a tighter definition of ‘practising Christian’ – referring to those in England who report praying and reading the Bible at least weekly, and attending a church service at least monthly.

2015-research

Revd Lynn Green

General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain

This course will inspire Christians with the confidence to talk to people about following Jesus.

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Dave Smith

Senior Pastor, Kingsgate Community Church

This creative and engaging course fits the bill.

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Paula

From York

The biggest change for me is that I now look and pray for opportunities to talk about Jesus and the amazing difference he has made to my life.

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Gordon Kennedy

Minister Craiglockhart Parish Church, Edinburgh

All those at the course have spoken of how they are praying for the five names they wrote down on week one, and many have now had opportunities to speak to some of them about Jesus.

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Revd Canon Gareth J Powell

Secretary of the Methodist Conference

I commend the “Talking Jesus” course as one of the ways in which we might grow in confidence and witness to the love of God at work in our lives.

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Pastor Modupe Afolabi

Executive Administrator of RCCG Central Office

The ideas are extremely useful as we face the challenges of a sustained programme of evangelism, church-planting, discipleship and social action.’

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Richard Jackson

Bishop of Lewes, Church of England

Talking Jesus is a simple way of equipping us to have conversations about Jesus with friends and family. I think any Christian could benefit from its encouragement.

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Roy Crowne

HOPE’s executive director

The Talking Jesus course seems to have caught the need of the moment as people want to know how to put their faith into words.

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Bishop Mark o’Toole

Catholic Church’s Department of Evangelisation and Catechesis

The Talking Jesus resources have been immensely useful as we seek to support evangelisation and to encourage a new missionary impetus in the life of the Church.’

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Izzy

From York

I now feel I have been given a toolkit to use in all sorts of contexts, and I have had some fantastic conversations as a result.

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