New Research Initiative on Canadian Evangelicals

Here’s an excerpt from a press release issued by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada earlier this week:

The Centre for Research on Canadian Evangelicalism (CRCE) released the first issue of Church & Faith Trends, its online journal, on October 18, 2007. Church & Faith Trends will help the CRCE improve the accuracy of both scholarly and public representations of Canadian Evangelicals and assist ministry leaders in their work.

Church & Faith Trends is a publication of the Centre for Research on Canadian Evangelicalism, which is an initiative of The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC).

This important new journal is a must read for pastors, ministry leaders and culture watchers,” said Bruce J. Clemenger, president of the EFC. “Anyone who wants to understand the character and dynamism of evangelicalism and church trends in Canada will benefit from its content.”

John G. Stackhouse Jr., senior advisor to the CRCE, said, “The recent wave of excellent scholarship and polling on Canadian Evangelicals has yet to break upon the consciousness of most Canadian reporters, politicians, and citizens. The CRCE will help to ensure this work gets the attention it deserves.”

This inaugural issue features an article by Stackhouse that defines Evangelicalism, which will benefit church leaders, academics and media. Also included in this issue is an article, by CRCE program manager Rick Hiemstra, on how Canadian Evangelicals have been counted by government and pollsters, a report on the 2007 Evangelism Survey, and research news on Canadian Evangelicalism.

The journal can be found at

0 Responses to “New Research Initiative on Canadian Evangelicals”

  1. Steve Martin

    Hi John,
    Very good definition! At first, I really thought you missed the boat on the orthodox point. After all, one could possibly argue that JWs, Mormons, and Unitarians were “orthodox” from this sparse definition. But after reading the entire article, particularly the point about ALL 6 criteria being manditory, I think I get it now & each of these would never be considered “evangelical” because they don’t meet one or more of the other criteria.

    One question: I’m wondering why “protestant” never really entered your criteria. Even as Marsden & Bebbington assumed “orthodoxy”, aren’t you assuming “Protestant”?

    Also, I posted some additional thoughts on your article, particularly why I choose to identify myself an evangelical on my blog at: .


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