Tribe of the
Why Perceptions From Outsiders Matter
February 21, 2010
1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up
into the mountain: and when he had sat
down, his disciples came unto him:
2 and he opened his mouth and taught
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs
is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they
shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall
inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they that hunger and thirst
after righteousness: for they shall be
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be
called sons of God.
10 Blessed are they that have been persecuted
for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you,
and persecute you, and say all manner of evil
against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is
your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they
the prophets that were before you.
13 You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt
have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted?
it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast
out and trodden under foot of men.
14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a
hill cannot be hid.
15 Neither do men light a lamp, and put it under
the bushel, but on the stand; and it shineth unto
all that are in the house.
16 Even so let your light shine before men; that
they may see your good works, and glorify your
Father who is in heaven.
on the same page
• Insiders: Church Attenders
• Outsiders: Non-Church Attenders
• Unchurched Believers
• 88% of American’s believe in a deity
• Church Attendance:
• 65% of Silent Generation Attend
• 35% of Baby Boomers Attend
• 5% of Gen X / Gen Y Attend
• Projected that only 2-3% of Millennials will attend
• 22% of Americans say that they will never attend a church.
Source: “Quitting Church” by Julia Duin
Barna Group Findings
Over Involved in Politics 75%
Out of Touch with Reality 72%
Old Fashioned 78%
Insensitive to Others 70%
Not Accepting other Faiths 64%
Barna Group Findings
Teaches Basic Ideas as Other Religion 82%
Good Values and Principles 76%
Faith That Can Be Respected 55%
Consistently Shows Love for Others 55%
Offers Hope for the Future 54%
People That You Can Trust 52%
Seems Genuine and Real 41%
Something That Makes Sense 41%
Relevenat to Your Life 30%
Barna Group Notes
• Only one out of ﬁve outsiders said they perceive Christian churches
as loving environments, places where people are unconditionally
loved and accepted regardless of how they look or what they do.
Surprisingly, fewer than half of churchgoers, including born-again
Christians, felt strongly that their church demonstrates unconditional
• The perception is that Christians are known more for talking about
these issues than doing anything about them. Based on our survey, a
majority of outsiders (57 percent) say Christians are quick to ﬁnd
fault with others.
• Only one-ﬁfth of young outsiders believe that an active faith helps
people live a better, more fulﬁlling life.
• Three-quarters of Mosaics (Gen X) and Busters (Gen Y) outside the
church said that present-day Christianity could accurately be
described as old-fashioned, and seven out of ten believe the faith is
out of touch with reality. Most outsiders and nearly half of young
insiders say that Christianity is confusing.
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of
24 being justiﬁed as a gift by His grace through the
redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in
His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His
righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He
passed over the sins previously committed;
Being “Real” with a Cross Focused Reality
Pray before Pity
Counseling before Crying (crying will come later)
Being Deliberate and Responsive
Why Do We Care?
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus,
and you will be saved--you and your
Isaiah 53:6 Luke 19:10
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to his own way; For the Son of Man came to seek
and the LORD has laid on him and to save what was lost.
the iniquity of us all.
18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in
heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20and teaching them to obey everything I have
commanded you. And surely I am with you always,
to the very end of the age."