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Most Black Adults Say Religion & the Black Experience Go Hand in Hand

When Black History Month is observed each year, faith is a thread throughout many of the stories and celebrations of the Black community in the U.S. In fact, according to Black Americans, it’s an essential part of the narrative. In this February release for Barna’s ongoing 2021 series exploring new data about the Black Church, we’ll look at how Black Americans perceive Black churches—as well as their pastors—and their own personal engagement in congregations.

Half of Gen Z Feel Bad About the Amount of Time Spent on Screens

Screens are everywhere. Whether at work, school or home, no generation is exempt from tech's influence in this digital age, especially as society moves further into a COVID-shaped reality that has necessitated an even greater dependence on devices. While utilizing technology and media has its benefits, turning to devices too often can have harmful repercussions as well—and recent Barna data show that at least the younger generations (namely, Gen Z) are speaking up about their ambivalent relationship with technology.

ChurchPulse Weekly Conversations: David Kinnaman Shares on Leading Through Loss

In a personal conversation on this week’s episode of ChurchPulse Weekly, Nieuwhof sits down with Kinnaman for the first time in 2021 to talk about making space to grieve, leading through loss and supporting others in their healing process.

ChurchPulse Weekly Conversations: Jeanne Stevens on Innovative Church

On this week's ChurchPulse Weekly episode, Carey Nieuwhof sits down with pastor, speaker and author Jeanne Stevens to discuss innovative church leadership, casting vision for an uncertain future and Stevens' experience pastoring alongside her husband.

New Data on Gen Z—Perceptions of Pressure, Anxiety and Empowerment

Drive—or ambition and optimism about the future—is a key generational attribute of 13– to 21–year olds, something Barna researchers first identified in a 2018 study with Impact 360 Institute. Recent data from our new report, Gen Z: Volume 2, show that trends surrounding drive extend into 2020. So is drive good or bad for Gen Z's emotional well-being?

ChurchPulse Weekly Conversations: Sam Collier on Church Planting & Racial Justice

In recent ChurchPulse Weekly episodes, Carey Nieuwhof sits down with Sam Collier—who, along with his wife Toni, is launching Hillsong Atlanta—to talk about church planting amidst a pandemic, building intentional relationships with congregants and a new perspective on America’s racial unrest.

For Black Americans, the Black Church Counters Feelings of Political Powerlessness

In a week that includes both the national observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday and the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, we're releasing a first glimpse into Barna's research from the State of the Black Church project. Today's article examines the political posture of the Black Church, as well as the Black community’s perceptions of its influence.

ChurchPulse Weekly Conversations: Rich Villodas on Contemplative Leadership

In the age of the 24-7 news cycle, American attention is in constant demand—with notifications coming every hour, time of quiet and solitude is rare. But pastor and author Rich Villodas believes that this high-attention state may be dangerous for church leaders and their congregants.

ChurchPulse Weekly Conversations: Vivian Mabuni on COVID’s Impact on Women

On the most recent ChurchPulse Weekly episode, guest Vivian Mabuni sat down with host Carey Nieuwhof to discuss this year’s impact on people’s emotional well-being, women’s growing burdens and Gen Z’s current perception of the Church. She likens 2020 to a marathon without a finish line, but offers hope in Christ and encouragement for fellow leaders as they step into the new year.

ChurchPulse Weekly Conversations: Craig Groeschel on Leadership During Crisis

In the most recent ChurchPulse Weekly episode, Carey Nieuwhof invites Craig Groeschel, senior pastor of Life.Church, to share what he has learned as a church leader during 2020, and what lessons he hopes to take with him into the coming year.

3 Insights to Help Pastors Care for Their Church This Season

As a difficult year comes to a close and a challenging holiday season continues, let's examine findings from three recent Barna studies that could help pastors as they think through caring for their congregants—and themselves—during crisis.

2 in 5 Churchgoers Are Open to Inviting Others to Digital Church Services

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the U.S., local and state governments continue to implement new mandates and restrictions that effect how Americans gather for the holidays—both inside and outside the home. Many church leaders are now contemplating how a socially distant Advent and Christmas season will impact invitations, attendance and outreach for holiday services.

Three Lenses to Keep in Mind When Converting Live Services to Digital

While many churches have re-opened since the nationwide shut down in March, the logistics—and perhaps necessity—of hybrid church (combination of in-person and digital) is something pastors remain curious about. What does it mean to offer both in-person and digital experiences? How can these experiences be just as impactful online as they are in person?

What Churches Might Miss When Measuring Digital Attendance

Can digital ministry become more than a sermon? Our data collected during the 2020 tumult—releasing in a new report, Six Questions About the Future of the Hybrid Church Experience—suggest that viewing and attending church are not seen as the same thing, and a more holistic strategy for digital or hybrid ministry is needed for the long term.

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