Feb
4
2016

The Media has Recognized Evangelicals Don’t Vote as a Block

More political news from Ministry Briefing this week:

While evangelicals tend to be divided among Trump, Cruz, and Rubio in the 2016 presidential election, CNN recognizes that evangelicals are anything but a united voting block. They identify millennial, cultural, and progressive elements along with key leaders for each segment of evangelical voters.

Source: CNN

Why does this matter for church leaders?

It seems that there is finally an acknowledgement that the evangelical world is not a unified voting block. I think that this is good news, but I also think that it makes for an interesting challenge as we lead our churches. Here is a quick rundown of the seven type of evangelical voters that CNN has identified, and who CNN believes are the prominent voices for that group:

  • Old guard: James Dobson, John Hagee, and Tony Perkins.
  • Institutionals: Rick Warren and Russell Moore
  • Entrepreneurials: Jerry Falwell, Jr., Paula White, and Kenneth Copeland
  • Arm’s Length: John Piper and Timothy Keller
  • Millennial Evangelists: Eric Teetsel and Johnnie Moore
  • Liberal Evangelicals: Jim Wallis and Jimmy Carter
  • Cultural Evangelicals: Those who don’t go to church or consider religion important

I am not sure that I agree with all the categories and prominent voices, but what I do know is that each of these groups are represented in our churches… and one of our roles as church leaders is to help guide our congregations through the next several months with charity to those with whom we disagree with on political issues and unity of purpose.

Which of these groups are a part of YOUR congregation?

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About the Author: Matt Steen

I love Jesus, Theresa (my wife), the Redskins & Capitals, and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ (while working on my MDiv and MBA at Baylor University). When not studying, I serve church leaders through MinistryBriefing.com and am the Director of Connections for Harris Creek Baptist Church's Downtown Campus.