The Christian Post of 10/14/08 gives a fascinating look at discipleship and spiritual disciplines
Just 17% of Protestant churchgoers in America demonstrate a “decent” level of discipleship or spiritual maturity, claims Brad Waggoner, author of Shape of Faith to Come: Spiritual Formation and the Future of Discipleship, B&H 2008. This minority scored 80% or higher on a Spiritual Formation Inventory, developed to measure key areas of Christian discipleship. Waggoner writes, “At present I believe that too many of us are settling for easy goals. It is one thing to grow a church numerically. It is quite another to seek the transformation of heart, mind, and character.” Other findings show only 16% of Protestant churchgoers read their Bible daily, while another 20% read it “a few times a week.” 23% “agreed strongly” with the statement, “When I come to realize that some aspect of my life is not right in God’s eyes, I make the necessary changes.” 47% admitted to just “going through the motions,” often during the singing and prayer portions of worship services, while 25% strongly disagreed. In the past 6 months, 29% said they shared with someone how to become a Christian twice or more, 14% did so once and 57% not at all. 55% of churchgoers believe they grew spiritually over the past year, yet only 3.5% showed a statistically significant level of growth.