Using statistics in sermons

Jan 9, 2024

While the use of statistics to make a point about the world is well intentioned I wonder whether it is truly effective.

The only place I hear statistics used to make a point is:

  1. Sermons
  2. Business meetings

This is just a theory, but if a congregant or non-believer who works in an office context hears a statistic used in a sermon their mind engages into “business mode”. Taking it in as facts and figures used to come away with new information that they can act on.

That may sound good on the surface but shouldn’t preaching be a supernatural experience where the listener engaged with God?