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Common perception has it that Millennial Christians are reluctant about sharing the Gospel, but new research by the Barna Group says that isn’t rooted in reality. According to the research, Millennial Christians are the only U.S. demographic in which evangelism is significantly on the rise.

In 2013, 65 percent of Millennial Christians said they had shared their religious beliefs with someone in the last 12 months. That’s up from 56 percent just three years ago.

Though many Millennials have abandoned religion entirely, Barna Group president David Kinnaman believes the ones who keep their faith are more committed. “[It] may be that those who remain committed to these theological perspectives are all the more motivated to make a ‘case’ for their faith among their peers,” he says. “In other words, in the middle of a generation defined by their religious indifference, these Millennial evangelists stand in stark contrast. This trend of younger evangelists should be a source of encouragement to faith leaders.”