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Millennial
Perceptions of
Public Evangelism
By: Dr. Alan Parker and Emily Charvat
Introduction
Introduction
Research Questions
1. How do Adventist millennials perceive Adventist
public evangelism?
2. What are their views of the an...
Methodology
Phase One: Focus Groups
Phase Two: Paper survey of General Education Classes
Phase Three: SurveyMonkey by emai...
Demographics
Respondents in phase three were self-selected and we
restricted our analysis to millennials (18-34)
● 54% had...
Demographics
The majority of the participants (94%) were either baptized Adventists or
had connections with the Adventist ...
Demographics
● 51% of millennials identified their religious views as Moderate
● About 25% identified their religious view...
Demographics
Only 20 millennials out of 1,663 entered the church through an
evangelistic series.
However, about 50% of mil...
Demographics
By comparing our general survey results with our
demographics from General Education classes we were
able to ...
What do Millennials think of
Adventist public evangelism?
● Average overall impression of Adventist evangelistic meetings ...
How do Millennials perceive the
Antichrist?
How do Millennials perceive the
Antichrist?
Antichrist is anything against Christ
“Personally, I think the Antichrist is any type of false Christianity, whether it be...
How interested are Millennials in the
Antichrist’s identity and activities?
How do Millennials perceive
evangelistic advertising?
● Average impression of the advertising used for these
meetings was ...
Why do Millennials
think this way?
Is one gender more
positive about evangelistic
meetings?
Male Vs. Female
Both groups have a slightly positive overall impression of Adventist evangelistic
meetings on prophecy.
- ...
Nope! One gender
does not correlate with
positive views of
evangelistic meetings
Are people with more
exposure to evangelistic
meetings more positive
about them?
Some attendance at one series Vs.
Regular attendance at multiple series
Both groups had a neutral overall impression of Ad...
More exposure to
evangelistic meetings
had a mild correlation
with impressions of
evangelistic meetings
Does religious
identification change
perceptions of
evangelistic meetings?
Conservative, Moderate, vs.
Liberal view
Conservatives were more likely to have a positive overall
impression of Adventist...
Conservative, Moderate, vs.
Liberal view
Conservatives were more likely to have a neutral overall
impression of the advert...
Conservative, Moderate, vs.
Liberal view
Conservatives indicated that they are more likely to bring a
friend to a evangeli...
Which of the following
reasons were part of your
decision to attend an
evangelistic meeting?
Conservative
Liberal
Moderate
Who do you believe is
likely to be attracted to
these meeting based on
the advertising?
Conservative
Liberal
Moderate
Which of these
descriptors are accurate of
the messages being
preached at Adventist
evangelistic meetings?
Gospel-centered vs. Legalistic
Hopeful vs. Apocalyptic
Biblical vs. Speculative
Comments
“In my experience, a lot depends on the presenter, actually. I've attended
meetings that made me love Christ more...
How interested are
Millennials in the
Antichrist’s identity and
activities?
Conservative
Liberal
Moderate
Yes! Religious
identification does
correlate with views of
evangelistic meetings
Common Areas of Improvement
Comments on the Content
- Most common complaint: meetings need to be more Jesus and grace cent...
Common Areas of Improvement
Advertising
- Most find the beast imagery to be scary and apocalyptic
- The flyers bring in pe...
Millennials’ proposed changes
to SDA Evangelistic Meetings
“If there was a speaker that was more appropriate for my age gr...
Millennials’ proposed changes
to SDA Evangelistic Meetings
“The best systems, I have seen, are small group watching at hom...
Millennials’ proposed changes
to SDA Evangelistic Meetings
“We should all be at desks, with pencils, taking snack breaks. ...
Millennials’ proposed changes
to SDA Evangelistic Meetings
“Stop putting the Adventist label on it, and don't hold it in a...
Conclusions
Millennials are not a cohesive group. There is
significant deviation in their responses, largely
linked to the...
Conclusions
Many millennials have a positive view of the biblical
content of our messages and overall tend to rate
the mes...
Conclusions
Millennials perceive that Adventists believe the
Catholic church as a system represents the
antichrist, but th...
Conclusions
Many millennials feel that we need to update our
evangelistic methods and try new approaches that
are more fri...
Questions and Comments
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A survey of more than 1600 Adventist millennials and their perception of Adventist public evangelism and presentations on the antichrist. Study was done in October/November 2017. This is an initial summary of survey findings.

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  1. 1. Millennial Perceptions of Public Evangelism By: Dr. Alan Parker and Emily Charvat
  2. 2. Introduction
  3. 3. Introduction
  4. 4. Research Questions 1. How do Adventist millennials perceive Adventist public evangelism? 2. What are their views of the antichrist and how do they perceive presentations on the antichrist? 3. What motivational or contextual factors might have influenced these perceptions?
  5. 5. Methodology Phase One: Focus Groups Phase Two: Paper survey of General Education Classes Phase Three: SurveyMonkey by email and social media
  6. 6. Demographics Respondents in phase three were self-selected and we restricted our analysis to millennials (18-34) ● 54% had completed 4 or more years of college and 34% were either college students or had some college experience ● 2 out of 3 respondents had connections to Southern Adventist University (other universities/colleges included 15% from Andrews, 11% from Union; with others between 1 to 6%) ● There were more female (56%) than male (44%) respondents, reflecting the general constituency of SAU
  7. 7. Demographics The majority of the participants (94%) were either baptized Adventists or had connections with the Adventist church, but of these 11.5% had stopped attending regularly. They largely grew up in the Adventist church, with 83% born into Adventist families. Religion and theology majors were the most heavily represented (15%), followed by business (13%), nursing (12%), education (10%), health (10%), psychology (6%), and biology (6%).
  8. 8. Demographics ● 51% of millennials identified their religious views as Moderate ● About 25% identified their religious views as Conservative ● About 13% identified their religious views as Liberal ● About 11% identified as Non-religious or Other
  9. 9. Demographics Only 20 millennials out of 1,663 entered the church through an evangelistic series. However, about 50% of millennials have attended multiple evangelistic series, about 26% have attended one series, and 15% have preached their own evangelistic series.
  10. 10. Demographics By comparing our general survey results with our demographics from General Education classes we were able to determine that our general survey participants were more white, educated, and conservative than the average student.
  11. 11. What do Millennials think of Adventist public evangelism? ● Average overall impression of Adventist evangelistic meetings was neutral (M=3.37, SD= 1.18). ● Millennials are not very likely to invite a friend to evangelistic meetings (M=2.82, SD= 1.38). ● Top three descriptors of the messages preached at Adventist meetings are Biblical, gospel-centered, and interesting. ● The top three reasons for attending an evangelistic meeting were spiritual growth, interest in prophecy, and family expectations.
  12. 12. How do Millennials perceive the Antichrist?
  13. 13. How do Millennials perceive the Antichrist?
  14. 14. Antichrist is anything against Christ “Personally, I think the Antichrist is any type of false Christianity, whether it be Roman Catholic, evangelical, or even misguided Adventism. Anything that elevates human tradition and salvation by works is the Antichrist.” “I think the antichrist is a lot closer to each of us than any organization. It is anything that takes the place of Christ in our hearts and is a righteousness by works system.” “Any system or person that tries to stand between us and our Saviour is an antichrist. This can be the pope or the Catholic system or other people or systems.” “The Antichrist is also a spirit anyone can allow to grow within them of boastful, little- horn-like attitudes.”
  15. 15. How interested are Millennials in the Antichrist’s identity and activities?
  16. 16. How do Millennials perceive evangelistic advertising? ● Average impression of the advertising used for these meetings was neutral to somewhat negative (M=2.73, SD= 1.14). ● Millennials believe that Adventists, conspiracy theorists, and Christians of other faiths are likely to be attracted to evangelistic meetings based on the advertising.
  17. 17. Why do Millennials think this way?
  18. 18. Is one gender more positive about evangelistic meetings?
  19. 19. Male Vs. Female Both groups have a slightly positive overall impression of Adventist evangelistic meetings on prophecy. - Male (M=3.40, SD= 1.23) - Female (M=3.37, SD= 1.12) Both groups had a poor impression of the advertising used for evangelistic meetings. - Male (M=2.70, SD= 1.18) - Female (M=2.76, SD= 1.11) Both groups are not very likely to invite a friend to an evangelistic meeting. - Male (M=2.90, SD= 1.42) - Female (M=2.76, SD= 1.34)
  20. 20. Nope! One gender does not correlate with positive views of evangelistic meetings
  21. 21. Are people with more exposure to evangelistic meetings more positive about them?
  22. 22. Some attendance at one series Vs. Regular attendance at multiple series Both groups had a neutral overall impression of Adventist evangelistic meetings on prophecy. - Some attendance at one series (M=3.09, SD= 1.07) - Regular attendance at multiple series (M=3.45, SD= 1.20) Both groups had a poor impression of the advertising used for evangelistic meetings. - Some attendance at one series (M=2.70, SD= 1.08) - Regular attendance at multiple series (M=2.75, SD= 1.18) Both groups are not likely to invite a friend to an evangelistic meeting. - Some attendance at one series (M=2.36, SD= 1.19) - Regular attendance at multiple series (M=2.84, SD= 1.40)
  23. 23. More exposure to evangelistic meetings had a mild correlation with impressions of evangelistic meetings
  24. 24. Does religious identification change perceptions of evangelistic meetings?
  25. 25. Conservative, Moderate, vs. Liberal view Conservatives were more likely to have a positive overall impression of Adventist evangelistic meetings, while liberals were more likely to have a negative overall impression. - Conservative (M=4.06, SD= 0.93) - Moderate (M=3.38, SD= 1.02) - Liberal (M=2.31, SD= 0.98)
  26. 26. Conservative, Moderate, vs. Liberal view Conservatives were more likely to have a neutral overall impression of the advertising, while liberals were more likely to have a negative overall impression. - Conservative (M=3.31, SD= 1.06) - Moderate (M=2.67, SD= 1.08) - Liberal (M=2.07, SD= 0.94)
  27. 27. Conservative, Moderate, vs. Liberal view Conservatives indicated that they are more likely to bring a friend to a evangelistic meeting, while liberals are less likely to bring a friend to a meeting. - Conservative (M=3.59, SD= 1.23) - Moderate (M=2.76, SD= 1.25) - Liberal (M=1.67, SD= 1.02)
  28. 28. Which of the following reasons were part of your decision to attend an evangelistic meeting?
  29. 29. Conservative
  30. 30. Liberal
  31. 31. Moderate
  32. 32. Who do you believe is likely to be attracted to these meeting based on the advertising?
  33. 33. Conservative
  34. 34. Liberal
  35. 35. Moderate
  36. 36. Which of these descriptors are accurate of the messages being preached at Adventist evangelistic meetings?
  37. 37. Gospel-centered vs. Legalistic
  38. 38. Hopeful vs. Apocalyptic
  39. 39. Biblical vs. Speculative
  40. 40. Comments “In my experience, a lot depends on the presenter, actually. I've attended meetings that made me love Christ more and feel hopeful about the end times, and meetings that seemed more purely information-based or even verging on legalistic, without much drawing the attention back to Jesus.” “This all depends on who is giving the series. I have been to series that were Christ centered and revolved around love. I have been to others that were organized to scare people into submission. I wouldn’t never bring someone interested in learning about Christ or his love just because of the off chance it could be one of the latter kind of evangelists.”
  41. 41. How interested are Millennials in the Antichrist’s identity and activities?
  42. 42. Conservative
  43. 43. Liberal
  44. 44. Moderate
  45. 45. Yes! Religious identification does correlate with views of evangelistic meetings
  46. 46. Common Areas of Improvement Comments on the Content - Most common complaint: meetings need to be more Jesus and grace centered, instead of focused solely on the Antichrist - Need a more nuanced and diplomatic approach to describing the Catholic church: emphasize that the Antichrist is the system, not the individuals in the church - Meetings can be based on fear and behavior change, instead of building relationships with God (focus on spiritual growth) - Meetings can be boring and use the same texts over and over
  47. 47. Common Areas of Improvement Advertising - Most find the beast imagery to be scary and apocalyptic - The flyers bring in people who are scared, vulnerable, or conspiracy theorists. - Most consider it to be outdated and irrelevant to a younger audience - Recommend using a millennial graphic designer
  48. 48. Millennials’ proposed changes to SDA Evangelistic Meetings “If there was a speaker that was more appropriate for my age group. I don't want someone who is older and has a different mind set and is closed minded. I would attend one if it was a youth pastor so i can actually understand the information.” “If it were lead by college-aged youth like myself.”
  49. 49. Millennials’ proposed changes to SDA Evangelistic Meetings “The best systems, I have seen, are small group watching at homes. I believe that millennials are not comfortable attending churches, due to the idea that they will be misjudged there. Going to a friend's house for a watch party is a win win, and definitely more personal. Millennials strive for relationship, not pomp and circumstance of massive meetings.”
  50. 50. Millennials’ proposed changes to SDA Evangelistic Meetings “We should all be at desks, with pencils, taking snack breaks. I end up hungry and tired with no one to talk with after it is over.” “Group interaction, attractive, colorful and professional marketing, convenient schedule of twice or three times per week - not every night, Bible based exploration”
  51. 51. Millennials’ proposed changes to SDA Evangelistic Meetings “Stop putting the Adventist label on it, and don't hold it in an Adventist church. Those two things pretty much ensure your audience will be 98% SDA and isn't outreach the point?”
  52. 52. Conclusions Millennials are not a cohesive group. There is significant deviation in their responses, largely linked to their religious identification as liberal, conservative or moderate.
  53. 53. Conclusions Many millennials have a positive view of the biblical content of our messages and overall tend to rate the messages favorably. However, they are much more negative about evangelistic advertising and perceive it as attracting fanatics and that it is definitely not aimed at millennials.
  54. 54. Conclusions Millennials perceive that Adventists believe the Catholic church as a system represents the antichrist, but they would like this message communicated with more tact. There is also a significant number of millennials who see the antichrist as a spirit or attitude of being against Christ, rather than as an institutional system.
  55. 55. Conclusions Many millennials feel that we need to update our evangelistic methods and try new approaches that are more friendly to a millennial audience with younger speakers and less church-based settings. Many millennials wanted messages that dealt with practical issues in their lives that they could relate to and invite their friends to.
  56. 56. Questions and Comments
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A survey of more than 1600 Adventist millennials and their perception of Adventist public evangelism and presentations on the antichrist. Study was done in October/November 2017. This is an initial summary of survey findings.

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