Steve Hutchinson is doing research with those that have come from a completely non-church background and yet found faith in Jesus, to discover what made the difference for them.
SU Development Worker in the Gloucester area, Steve Hutchinson, is as busy as ever supporting churches across central England with their outreach ministry to children and young people.
We know 95% of children and young people don’t go to church on Sundays, so it is vitally important churches step out and take the good news to where the children are. However many churches that are running activities which young people from the 95% come to find they don’t seem to respond to Jesus or join the church.
Steve loves the famous quote from Einstein that says ‘Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’. So, he argues, if we are not getting children coming to faith through our activities, how do we need to change them?
In answer to this, Steve is doing research with those that have come from a completely non-church background and yet found faith in Jesus, to discover what made the difference for them. He wants to pinpoint ‘Stepping Stones’ that will help people to come to faith in Jesus.
As you might guess, he has already discovered that relationships are key. Most people's journey to faith is supported by knowing a Christian, who helps to show them the way. All too often, churches put on activities that people come to, but there is no time or opportunity for relationships to grow. Maybe those running the activities are so busy with everything that they have no time to sit and chat? Maybe those who come feel they are just consumers of the activities on offer, and there is no spiritual connection.
Want to get involved?
It’s time to sit down and do things differently, and Steve is happy to have that conversation.
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Steve loves Jesus, his wife Judy, children, music, and woodturning – probably in that order. He delights to share Jesus with children wherever and whenever he can.