Communication, Contextualization…

I ran across the following statistics the other day. I am curious to hear from you about what you think this means for pastors/preachers/teachers as we endeavor to communicate God’s word to people?

Do you know that in the USA:

  • Over 50% of people over age 16 are functionally illiterate.
  • 58% of the US adult population never reads a book after high school graduation.
  • 42% of college graduates never read another book.
  • 80% of US families did not buy or read a book in 2002.
  • 57% of new books are not read to completion. Most readers do not get past page 18 in a new book that they purchase.
  • Each day, people in the US spend 4 hours watching TV, 3 hours listening to the radio and 14 minutes reading magazines.
  • 65% of American children have television sets in their bedrooms.
  • It is estimated that people spend as much as 80% (38 hours per week) of their non-working time, non-sleeping time in front of a television or computer screen.
  • Nearly 70% of the worlds population (4+billion) are oral communicators.
  • That means…only 20% – 30% of the worlds inhabitants are are print or literate communicators.
  • Researchers believe that 70% or more of North America’s people prefer non-literate means of communication.

Statistics originated from Echo.

HT: Goodmanson

Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & Haddon. He’s Senior Pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he’s a debtor to grace.

4 thoughts on “Communication, Contextualization…

  1. Sorry, I got bored about halfway through and gave up. Could you put it in MP3 form then upload it so I can listen to it later? šŸ˜‰

    I can see how these numbers could adversely impact the traditional approach to Sunday School and discipleship. In my church, we don’t have the resources to address this specifically. However, I am putting my sermons online…

  2. The stats don’t surprise me, though they deeply sadden me. Certainly, it has implications for pastors and teachers, for it also speaks implicitly, at least, to the fact that people are not reading The Book either. Those who preach and teach ought to be teaching directly from the Word of God anyway; the greater responsibility is to make it clear and plain, present it uncompromisingly, knowing that it’s only through the oral communication, or bites on the ‘net, that most are getting any of the Word at all. And there’s the burden, too, in knowing that the preacher or teacher has to counter error taught by others with whom the listener comes in contact, knowing that the listener likely is not a Berean who is checking the Word to see if what the other teachers are presenting is supported by Scripture.

  3. It’s really sad how far we stray from the important and simple things in life. It’s the important things in life that make us wholesome people and it’s the simple things in life that keep our minds pure. My husband and I don’t watch t.v. because of all the garbage they show. My parents have it and whenever I go there it just reminds me of why I don’t want t.v. in my home. My husband is studying to be a pastor so we do a lot of reading and internet searching. We’re not old either. I’m 24 and my husband is 29. Maybe we are just old in spirit.

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