Factoid: Seekers need a number of contacts with Christians in normal circumstances before making a commitment to Christ: Research, in fact, bears this out. In comparing active and inactive church members, it was found that those who continued as active church members had been exposed to an average of 5.79 different Christian influences prior to their commitments. Dropouts, by comparison, had seen or heard the Christian message only 2.16 times before their decision.
Source: (Yeakly Flavil research quoted in Wagner, C. Peter, ed. Church Growth: State of the Art. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale, 1986. P. 60 )