Originally published in Christian Post
Online evangelism is producing real disciples for Christ, according to a recent study.
Over half of those who made a decision for Jesus over the Internet have subsequently shared their faith with others, Global Media Outreach’s study reveals.
Additionally, 34 percent read their Bibles daily and nearly half pray for at least 10 minutes a day.
“These findings are remarkable because they reveal that online evangelism isn’t just an in-the-moment decision, and people continue to grow in their faith after they have indicated a decision,” Global Media Outreach founder and chairman Walt Wilson said in a statement.
The study, called the Christian Growth Index, measured the responses of more than 100 000 people from around the world.
For Wilson, the results of the study indicate “that online evangelism and discipleship is truly measurable and effective.”
Fifty-one percent of those surveyed said they shared their faith three times or more and 37 percent said they shared their faith at least once or twice.
Global Media Outreach is a global ministry that presents the Gospel online through websites such as WhoisJesus-Really.com and GrowinginChrist.com. There are more than 5 500 trained online missionaries worldwide who respond to questions asked by seekers through emails.
The Silicon Valley-based ministry stresses not only evangelism but discipleship as well. GMO expanded its discipleship offerings last year.
More than 15 million people have indicated a decision for Christ since GMO’s founding in 2004. The ministry broke a record last year when 687 000 people made decisions for Christ in one day.