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Reply To: In Lecture 2, Dr. Dru Johnson mentions that there has been a decline in biblical literacy in the Church. After taking this course, what are some recommendations you would give to church leadership to increase biblical literacy?

Hailey Hancock

There has been a definite decline in biblical literacy (knowing the Bible and how it works) in the church. Lifeway Research did a study of church attendance, and it showed that August of 2022 had 85% of their attendance levels of those in January 2020. Another report by “State of the Bible, USA 2022” highlights that among Gen Z and millennials, “about 66% did not attend church either in person or online at least once a month.” I believe that a lack of biblical literacy has a direct correlation to church attendance. Dr. Dru Johnson teaches that Hebraic Thought happens in the community. This would be the first and most important point I would emphasize to church leadership. Though Church leadership should encourage personal devotion, it does not replace or diminish the need for congregating with other believers. There is no accountability if a believer is isolating oneself. I think church leaders should be reminded that assuming their parishioners have basic Bible literacy is a mistake. Church leadership should be encouraged to provide materials and courses that help people with not only a basic understanding of the Bible but how the Bible directly relates to current events.