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Is It Possible to Balance Work, Family and Love?

Recent Barna data collected on working couple in America show that the majority of American working couples believe they can maintain their individual careers and still come together to raise a healthy family, all while staying in love. But what does it actually take to make this dream a reality? Today's article takes a look at how U.S. adults and practicing Christians respond to this question.

One-Third of Engaged Christian Parents Is "Media-Stressed"

While ubiquitous tech and media haven’t created many problems, they have amplified old pressures. And when the world can fit in your pocket, these problems become all but inescapable. How can the Church come alongside children—and the parents who raise them—to promote wise tech use in an age where even the most essential tasks can—or must—be done virtually (work, school, doctor’s visits, etc.)? Today’s article, an excerpt from Guiding Children, takes a look at Christian parents’ top struggles in terms of media and tech use among their kids and what opportunities this presents for churches.

COVID-19 Conversations: Kara Powell on Innovative Youth Ministry

Over the past few months, pastors and parents alike have expressed the struggle they face when it comes to ministering to children and youth in a time of social distancing. In a recent ChurchPulse Weekly episode, hosts Carey Nieuwhof and David Kinnaman are joined by Kara Powell, executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute, to discuss the unique challenges pastors, parents and teens are facing in the current moment.

The Connection Between Friendship and Fatherhood

In light of Father’s Day, we want to celebrate dads around the world by showcasing key findings from a new Barna report produced in partnership with BetterMan, Five Essentials to Engage Today’s Men. These data points offer insight into men’s relationships with their family and friends and how these connections play a role in how satisfied practicing Christian men are in the role of fatherhood.

COVID-19 Conversations: 5 Things to Consider About the Future of Kids' Ministry

In the most recent ChurchPulse Weekly episode, hosts Nieuwhof and Kinnaman discuss the pandemic’s impact on kids’ ministry with Frank and Jessica Bealer. Have churches done a good job keeping children and youth programs running during social distancing? What does the future of kids’ ministry look like as we reenter church? This article takes a look at five things church leaders should keep in mind when it comes to children’s ministry in the current moment.

Weekly Services Are Now Largely Online for Adults—But What About Kids?

Curious to know what church leaders are doing for their younger congregants, Barna reached out to pastors during a weekly check in. The findings from this survey were broadcast live on the ChurchPulse Weekly podcast on Monday, April 6th. You can listen to the most recent episode here or listen in wherever you get your podcasts on Thursday, April 9th.

58% of Highly Engaged Christian Parents Choose a Church with Their Kids in Mind

One of the key findings uncovered in this report show that nearly six in 10 highly engaged Christian parents say children’s programming is the primary reason they chose their current church (58%), showing that even though children may be small, they carry big weight when it comes to family decisions about where to worship.

Married Couples & Parents See Fewer Barriers to Forgiving Others

A new Barna project, The Mercy Journey, examines the role of forgiveness and mercy in the lives of U.S. Christian adults. The study finds married respondents place a priority on peacemaking and shows parents are more likely to report feeling compassion toward others.

The Powerful Influence of Moms in Christians' Households

Acknowledging the influence of moms isn’t just the stuff of Mother’s Day cards; it also became a major finding and theme in a recent Barna study of practicing Christians’ homes in the U.S. A new report from Barna finds that mothers are seen as the confidants, providers of support and drivers of faith formation.

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