In the year 2000, the famous healing evangelist Reinhard Bonkke came to Lagos, Nigeria, to hold a five-day crusade and in one of the nights of the crusade, an estimated one million people gave their lives to Christ. For a city of 17 million people (meaning 1 out of 17 was won for Christ that day), such a landslide of soul-winning happening in one night should by now (over a decade later) have translated into a phenomenal change with great impact on the city and nation – considering the ideals and power that Christianity boasts of. And with thousands of smaller church gatherings offering altar calls week in week out since then, Lagos and Nigeria should have been much more radically influenced by the message of the Gospel.
To the United States, the nation with arguably the highest number (over 100 million) of self-identified Christians in the world, a 2011 Maximum Faith research by George Barna revealed that a relatively small proportion of this huge number of individuals stick with the process of spiritual growth long enough to become the mature Christ-followers and world changers that they are meant to be. While more than three out of four self-identified Christians (78%) strongly agreed that spirituality is very important to them, only less than one out of every five self-identified Christians (18%) claims to be totally committed to investing in their own spiritual development, and less than four (22%) claims to be dependent on God.