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Millennials Bring Ambition and Optimism to Their Work

A new Barna study breaks down how employed Christians understand and value their vocation. The research suggests that the Christians in the largest generation in the modern labor force are buoyed in these formative working years both by a deep sense of ambition and by the hope of making a difference.

More Than Half of Pastors Had Another Career Before Ministry

When it comes to vocation, pastors often talk about the “call to ministry.” But what does that process actually look like, and how satisfied are pastors in their decision to pursue ministry?

What Faith Looks Like in the Workplace

In Barna’s recently released study on vocation, we found encouraging signs that Christians are living out their faith with integrity. In this release, we’ll look at the specific values and virtues that define today’s Christians’ work ethic.

Christians at Work, Part 3: The Church's Role

A new Barna report on vocation shows that most Christians say they feel supported by their church when it comes to their career, claiming their local congregations help them understand how to live out their faith in the workplace.

Christians at Work, Part 2: Balancing Career and Kids

As we continue our online series unpacking findings from Barna’s new study of vocation, we learn that men and women have an equal chance of feeling a sense of calling and fulfillment in their work—just not in every stage of life. In particular, working mothers face challenges when parenting and career mix.

Christians at Work, Part 1: Erasing the Sacred / Secular Divide

Though Christian workers more often associate religious and pastoral roles with being a “calling” or serving the common good, it may not matter to most Christians whether they or someone else works in a “sacred” or “secular” space. In a new study, Barna asked whether it was better for a Christian to become a pastor or missionary, or to represent his or her faith well at work.

Calling & Complexity: A Forum on Women & Vocation

The Center for City Renewal is hosting an event entitled "Calling & Complexity: A Forum on Women & Vocation" with FRAMES author Kate Harris.

Must We Do Everything?

The pressure for women to do—and be—everything is high. And women are feeling it: only one-third of women are confident in their life choices, seven in 10 are stressed out. Women today—some more than others, certainly—have more choices available than ever before. But such choices come with risk and reward.

Ambition: The Good, the Bad and Three Ways to Keep It From Getting Ugly

Like work itself, I believe ambition was placed into humanity at creation and that it is an innately good part of what it means to be human. However, ambition also has a shadow side. How can we embrace the good of ambition, without letting it get the best of us?

One Way to Avoid High Turnover

No matter the industry or the task, workers today want to be personally connected to and invested in the work. They want to know its social and environmental impact. They want to be part of creating a better work culture.

Dreams Live in Cubicles

How do we continue to encourage vocational dreaming as we grow older?

Wonder Women

The reality is we can't really have it all—sometimes we have to make choices. This Barna Frame explores the value and beauty in those constraints.

Donors Proceed with Caution, Tithing Declines

A new research study by the Barna Group explores how the charitable landscape has changed over the last two and a half years. The study examines how many Americans have been affected by the economic downturn, how this has influenced their donations, and their outlook on economic recovery.

Churches Stand to Lose Several Billion Dollars in Lost Donations Due to Economic Downturn

A new survey from The Barna Group shows that more than 150 million adults said they have been affected by the economic turbulence, and most of them expect it to take several years before the nation fully recovers. Americans are now passing on their financial pain to churches and other non-profit organizations by cutting back substantially on their giving during the fourth quarter of 2008.

Despite Benefits, Few Americans Have Experienced Short-Term Mission Trips

With the comparative ease and affordability of travel, church and non-profit leaders now encourage a different form of congregational engagement: short-term mission trips. A new study from The Barna Group shows that most of the people who embark on service adventures describe the trips as life-changing. However, despite the accessibility and personal benefits, most Americans have never experienced such a short-term service project.

American Lifestyles Mix Compassion and Self-Oriented Behavior

How do the lifestyles of Americans define them - by their capacity to "do good" for others or by their willingness to indulge themselves?

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