Research on Clifton StrengthsFinder and Personal Evangelism

jfk-p_kot0ey1ro8fqrv3aHow can Christians do personal evangelism in a way that’s empowering? Through-out my 33 years of ministry, I’ve observed how many Christians struggle in the area of personal evangelism. Some feel inadequate and others are fearful. Another reason shared with me is that some say “I don’t have the spiritual gift of evangelism.” Research done by the Barna Group in 2009 revealed that only one percent of the Body of Christ has the gift of evangelism.[1] There are other reasons why some do not engage in personal evangelism. Yet, scripture is clear that we are all called to share our faith! Passages like Psalm 107:2 and Romans 10:13-15 give strong encouragement for verbal faith-sharing.

If Scripture informs us that we are all to engage in personal evangelism, but we don’t all have the gift, how has God equipped the rest of us to carry-out God’s call upon our lives? This is what I’m researching for my doctor of ministry thesis. Specifically, I’m studying, “How can Clifton StrengthsFinder empower Christians who feel inadequate for personal faith-sharing?”

Clifton StrengthsFinder is an assessment developed by Gallup after studying high achieving people for over 30 years from around the planet. People who take the survey online learn what their top 5 strength and talent themes are. StrengthsFinder has been proven to help people achieve greater success in business and personal relationships. Can it also help Christians be more faithful to God’s call in personal faith-sharing?

If you’ve taken Clifton StrengthsFinder, I would like to invite you to take a survey as part of my research. The survey takes 5 minutes or less to complete. Your participation is totally anonymous. To take the survey, please click on this link: https://bethel.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eh7hvadZsP0DXpz.

I will be happy to report on my findings in the near future.



[1] The Barna Group, “Survey Describes the Spiritual Gifts That Christians Say They Have,” http://www.barna.org/faith-spirituality/211-survey-describes-the-spiritual-gifts-that-christians-say-they-have?q=gift+evangelism (accessed December 8, 2012).

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