In a new Barna study, 88 percent of U.S. practicing Christians say they are at least somewhat familiar with the parable of the prodigal son—but what about their own experiences of giving and receiving forgiveness? To what extent does an awareness or practice of mercy permeate their lives?
Spring's arrival is making it easier for households to spend more time outdoors and be active together. And interestingly, a new Barna study of practicing Christians and their living arrangements finds a consistent connection between households that prioritize quality time and households that prioritize faith formation.
Barna recently interviewed church leaders about the factors influencing spiritual formation and development. We found that although they agree that spiritual formation begins in the home and continues in the church, the perceived influence of schools is often either disproportionate or unaccounted for.
Barna's research shows that, when it comes to friendship, Americans tend to surround themselves with people who look, think and act similarly. However, a new study shows that intergenerational friendships can take many forms, and a majority of Americans reports engaging in them.
A brand new Barna report, Faith Leadership in a Divided Culture, finds that in the Christian church, leaders believe discipling Christians around social issues is a critical part of their pastoral responsibility. However, when it comes to some issues in particular, pastors feel a level of sensitivity and pressure in how they approach controversial topics from the pulpit.
Brand new research from Barna explores the flexibility of U.S. voters in a fraught political climate. The data reveals that only a minority of Americans report having changed their minds about their political affiliation at some point. However, among people who have switched parties, many have made the shift recently.