ChurchHealth Accelerator

Partner with the Barna Team for 100 days to assess, strategize and lead your church toward holistic health, growth and flourishing.

Barna’s ChurchHealth Accelerator is a premium, transformative program for churches.

Imagine what it would be like to know exactly where to invest your time and resources because a team of expert researchers had uncovered hidden opportunities and challenges in your church and given you specific recommendations for how to address them…

Well, this is what Barna wants to offer a small handful of churches.

Through our exclusive church health framework, we will equip you to go beyond traditional metrics and focus on the flourishing of your congregation and the holistic health of your ministry. In a high-touch VIP environment, we’ll lead you on a development journey, and together we will build custom ministry plans that will steer your church towards a healthier and more promising future.


Simplify the complex task of revitalizing your ministry with our structured 100-day VIP program, receiving aid and support every step of the way.

As a part of this Accelerator, you’ll receive:

  • Assessment Insights

    Take advantage of our proprietary ChurchPulse assessment, offering a comprehensive understanding of your congregation’s health

  • Custom Barna Consulting

    Benefit from custom guidance and consulting services, typically valued at $40,000, tailored to address your church’s specific needs

  • Real-Time Ministry Solutions

    Work alongside our experts to build custom, strategic ministry plans designed to catalyze transformation

  • Installation Framework

    Access a framework that guides you in implementing sustainable changes that will positively impact your church’s health


Sometimes we pastors do a great job of fixing the wrong problem. For me, the experience of polling our people with the ChurchPulse and getting feedback from them helps me make sure that, at the end of the day, I am zeroing in on the real problems.

Randy Frazee

Senior Pastor, Westside Family Church


As I think about church metrics of success that have changed for me, a significant shift has been moving from asking, “How MANY people are there in the sanctuary?” to “How ARE the people?”

Bishop Claude Alexander

Senior Pastor, The Park Church


I realized that if I wanted to move my church forward, I needed to understand where my church was. With help from Barna, I was able to survey our congregants and find out where they are.

Toni Mihal

Director, Church on the Ridge


My advice to you… Make data-informed decisions about how you’re going to lead your church. Embrace this to go forward. Be willing to learn.

John Perez

Senior Pastor, Family Transformation COGIC

Want to join us?

The ChurchHealth Accelerator is a high-value, comprehensive VIP program, and we invite you to apply if you are ready to make a financial and time commitment that aligns with its transformative potential for your church.

Watch the below 10-minute video to gain all the essential insights you need to make an informed decision about the ChurchHealth Accelerator.

Frequently Asked Questions

January 16 – May 1, 2024. We will take off the week before Easter.

Applications are due December 17, 2023 at the latest, but this is a rolling admissions cohort and spots are limited, so there is no guarantee that seats for Spring 2024 will remain available throughout the whole fall.

Barna will host biweekly 60-minute Zoom cohort gatherings at 1pm ET on Thursdays; we highly encourage attending live, but replays will also be made available on-demand. Flexible coaching sessions and workshops will also be scheduled throughout the 100 days at times accommodating to your schedule.

Additionally, there is a notable time requirement asked of participants outside of the formal Accelerator gatherings for tasks like assessment deployment and results analysis and ministry planning activities. Barna recommends reserving 1-2 additional hours per week throughout the 100 days for these activities.

Church leaders with decision-making authority within their churches at large are encouraged to attend the ChurchHealth Accelerator, as we believe that effective vision-casting and change-making should start at the highest levels of leadership. Church leaders representing all denominations and church sizes are welcome.

The ChurchHealth Accelerator is a high-value, comprehensive program led by Barna executives. The cost for participation is $5,000 per church. Up to three representatives per church are invited to participate. Seats for additional participants may be purchased.

Early bird discounts for the ChurchHealth Accelerator may be available depending on your application timing, but please note that we do not offer scholarships for this program.

Up to three representatives per church are allowed to participate at the base price point. Seats for additional participants may be purchased. We encourage pastors to be selective when inviting others to join them in the Accelerator, as maintaining an efficient and excellence-driven decision-making process is essential for the program’s success.

The ChurchPulse assessment serves as the foundational tool within the ChurchHealth Accelerator, providing pastors with valuable insights on their congregation’s health and enabling data-informed decisions to drive transformation and growth. All Accelerator churches are REQUIRED to deploy this assessment to their congregation during the first 30 days of the Accelerator. Learn more about how Barna built the ChurchPulse and what it measures in this 10-minute video.

Yes, the ChurchHealth Accelerator is designed to provide valuable insights and aid to churches of all sizes, including smaller congregations. Its approach is flexible and tailored to meet the unique needs and challenges that smaller churches may face. The program’s goal is to help churches of varying sizes revitalize and grow, making it an inclusive and effective resource for smaller churches seeking to improve their health and reach their potential.

The ChurchHealth Accelerator offers custom ministry solutions by first conducting a thorough assessment of each church’s unique strengths and weaknesses. Then, our expert team provides tailored guidance, strategies, consulting and activities to help craft and implement solutions in response to assessment learnings.

You will leave the Accelerator with a deeper understanding of your congregation’s overall health and well-being and a consolidated list of key areas where your ministry needs to improve in its pursuit of health. You will also walk away with a list of ministry solutions designed to respond to your church’s areas of need and a plan for how to implement them well.

While the Barna team will remain available after the 100-day program, please note that communication and support will be available in a limited capacity, with most interactions concluding at the end of the 100-day period.

Of course! Our framework is built for novices, not experts. We will equip you with everything you need to grow as a data-informed leader and get the most out of the Accelerator.

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