In 2010 the Evangelical Alliance, together with Christian Research, took a snapshot of the beliefs and practices of evangelical Christians in the UK. Over 17,000 people completed questionnaires, making it the most extensive piece of research of its kind.
The headline results will be published in an initial report on 11th January 2011. This first report will provide a glimpse of a wide range of subjects and identify some key findings. It will reveal that there are many beliefs and practices that connect evangelicals, as well as considerable diversity. The results also indicate that evangelical Christians are distinct from Christians who do not consider themselves to be evangelical. There is much in the report that will encourage, but there are also challenges.
The study shows that the congregations of Evangelical Alliance member churches are giving half a million unpaid hours every week to their local communities. If this work were paid at the minimum wage of £5.93 an hour then the member churches would be contributing around £3m to the national economy each week.
Steve Clifford, General Director for the Alliance, says: 'Far from being a beleaguered minority group, the results show that evangelicals are making a difference and we would be sorely missed if we weren't getting on with our voluntary work. On that note we should be able to approach decision makers and funding providers with greater confidence."
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