When Americans become Christian

Evangelism statistics: At what age is outreach most effective? How old are people when they get saved?

"I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also." -- 2 Timothy 1:5

Ages at which Americans say they accepted Christ and became a Christian



The data in the pie graph or chart comes from Nazarene Church Growth Research.

     Another survey -- by the International Bible Society -- indicated that 83% of all Christians make their commitment to Jesus between the ages of 4 and 14, that is, when they are children or early youth. The Barna Research Group surveys demonstrate that American children ages 5 to 13 have a 32% probability of accepting Christ, but youth or teens aged 14 to 18 have only a 4% probability of doing so. Adults age 19 and over have just a 6% probability of becoming Christians.
     This data illustrates the importance of influencing children to consider making a decision to follow Christ.
     Because the 4-14 period slice of the pie is so large, many have started referring to the "4-14 Window." Many people serving as career cross-cultural missionaries have testified that they first felt God calling them to missionary service during that 4-14 age period.

arrow   "The 4-14 Window: Child Ministries and Evangelism Strategies" by Dan Brewster

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