Ellison Research recently conducted two surveys investigating how informed pastors and churchgoersÂ are regarding 12 areas popular culture. Unfortunately, the results show that pastors areÂ typically less informed about culture than the people they minister to.
Pastors vs. Churchgoers (percentage whoÂ feel very informed)
- 36% vs. 29% on Politics (+7%)
- 24% vs. 24% on Sports (no difference)
- 20% vs. 43% on the Internet (-23%)
- 19% vs. 31% on Television Programs (-12%)
- 18% vs. 27% on Books (-9%)
- 16% vs. 24% on Movies (-8%)
- 12% vs. 20% on Radio and TV Talk Shows (-8%)
- 11% vs. 28% on Music (-17%)
- 11% vs. 17% on Magazines
- 7% vs. 16% on Clothing and Fashion (-9%)
- 5% vs. 16% on Video and Computer Games (-11%)
- 4% vs. 10% on Celebrities (-6%)
ItÂ is an average 8%Â difference, which is a major disadvantage to pastors when considering the following quote:
People are definitely impacted by the culture they consume â€“ the web sites they visit or the music they listen to, for instance.Â Pastors need to be informed about whatâ€™s out there in order to understand how the culture is influencing the people they are trying to reach.
-Ron Sellers :: President :: Ellison Research
Special thanks to The Church Report for highlighting the research.