The Engel Scale

Sunday School at Gospel Light (9/12/10) saw us break up into 4 groups: the children upstairs, teens in the teen room, the women in the library, and the men in back of the sanctuary. Pastor Giardino spent most of the time with the men discussing ideas for refining the gospel tract that we have been working on. As was the case last week, many verses were suggested for inclusion.

A handout was passed around to the men’s class called “The Engel Scale” (Engle being misspelled on the original handout). This scale was originally developed by James Engel and Viggo Søgaard and was published in a book in 1985. It has since been modified several times, as a web search will testify to. The Engel Scale assigns a numerical value to represent the level of spiritual understanding that a person has reached. The following is a reproduction of the Engel Scale that our pastor handed out:

The Engel Scale

-7  Has no awareness of Christianity
-6  Is aware of the existence of Christianity
-5  Has some knowledge of the Gospel
-4  Understands the gospel fundamentals
-3  Grasps the personal implications of the gospel
-2  Recognizes a personal need
-1  Repents and professes faith in Christ
0   Conversion
+1  Evaluates the decision for Christ
+2  Incorporates into a Christian fellowship
+3  Learns and practices the Christian lifestyle
+4  Communes with God
+5  Develops stewardship
+6  Reproduces

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