This research should be a staggering conclusion to a lot of youth programs. These are John Piper’s comments on it:
The implication is that the way to achieve the greatest social and cultural transformation is not to focus on social and cultural transformation, but on the “conversion” of individuals from false religions to faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and the hope of eternal life. Or to put it another way, missionaries (and pastors and churches) will lose their culturally transforming power if they make cultural transformation their energizing focus.
If you set out to change society, you’re not going to change it. If you set out to preach the gospel and save the lost, you’re going to change society.