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Pastors and Parishioners Differ on Generosity

The motivations for generosity are manifold and often complex. What drives this deeply spiritual act differs from one person to the next, particularly when comparing pastors with their congregants. According to The Generosity Gap, a new Barna report, there is indeed little consensus.

Two-Thirds of Christians Face Doubt

Experiencing spiritual doubt can be lonely, but according to a new study from Barna, it’s much more common than you think. Most Christians have experienced a time of spiritual doubt when they questioned what they believed about their religion or God. Just how pervasive is it and what is the most common response?

Why Go to College?

The school year is fast approaching and as incoming freshmen prepare to make major decisions this summer about their upcoming college career, they will simultaneously be forced to ask themselves some important questions about the purpose of the next four years. In partnership with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), Barna asked American adults about their beliefs on the primary purpose of a college education. Their answers may surprise you.

Christians’ Financial Motivations Matter

When asked to identify their ultimate financial goal for life, half of Christians first think of others. According to The Generosity Gap, a new Barna report produced in partnership with Thrivent Financial, these financial attitudes impact financial behaviors. Christians with giving goals give a lot, and Christians with keeping goals give less or not at all. In short: Motivations matter.

Why 2016 Headlines Had Little Impact on Voters

One of the most notable aspects of the 2016 presidential election was the central role of the media, a trend that has continued in the controversies of the current administration. Yet, as Barna’s election survey revealed, negative reports seem to have had little impact on voters' decisions in the election.

How We Got Here: Spiritual and Political Profiles of America

A recent national survey by Barna reveals how America’s five dominant faith segments think— and, importantly, how they differ in meaningful ways when it comes to their views on some of the most contentious political and spiritual issues of the day.

Barna: This Week

77% of those with children under 18 strongly believe sex education should support a message of abstinence… https://t.co/8ANAYhw4dB

@barnagroup • September 24, 2017

82% of parents of current students believe spiritual formation is essential when weighing a choice between different schools

Barna Group • September 25, 2017

The State of Pastors

47% of adults strongly agree that people from different cultures enrich America—up from 37% in 2016… https://t.co/7CbqzC9xAh

@barnagroup • September 24, 2017

The percentage of practicing Christians who want to welcome refugees in crisis grew from 16% in 2016 to 36% in 2017

Barna Group • September 23, 2017

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