Easter is upon us, and with all the iconography of chocolate eggs and marshmallow bunnies, it's easy to forget that the single most significant Christian holiday is about more than an egg hunt. Has the desacralization of Easter extended to its central figure? To answer that question, we took a closer look at how U.S. adults see and relate to Jesus in a new infographic.
“I’m spiritual but not religious.” You’ve heard it—maybe even said it—before. But what does it actually mean? In this second part of a two-part series on faith outside the church, Barna takes a close look at the segment of the American population who are “spiritual but not religious.” Who are they? What do they believe? How do they live out their spirituality daily?
We live in a rapidly secularizing American culture. But even though fewer are going to church, many still believe in God and practice faith outside its walls. In this first of a two-part exploration of faith and spirituality outside the church, we look at those who “love Jesus but not the church.”
The definitions, goals and metrics of church growth have evolved in the centuries since Acts. In partnership with Cornerstone Knowledge Network, Barna undertook research to learn more about the current culture and methods of planting and growing congregations. Here are the top ten lessons from pastors and church leaders who have taken the plunge to expand their ministry.
77% of those with children under 18 strongly believe sex education should support a message of abstinence… https://t.co/8ANAYhw4dB
82% of parents of current students believe spiritual formation is essential when weighing a choice between different schools
47% of adults strongly agree that people from different cultures enrich America—up from 37% in 2016… https://t.co/7CbqzC9xAh
The percentage of practicing Christians who want to welcome refugees in crisis grew from 16% in 2016 to 36% in 2017