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New Barna Global Study Examines the UK Church

The Church in the UK is making a difference locally and globally by feeding the hungry and housing the homeless. But are their communities taking notice? How are local churches and the UK Church at large perceived by non-churchgoers? In a new report, Barna partnered with World Vision UK to answer these and other questions.

Sharing Faith Is Increasingly Optional to Christians

In 1993, Barna partnered with Lutheran Hour Ministries to understand why people did and did not engage in intentional outreach. We asked follow-up questions 25 years later to see if faith-sharing is labored in a more digital, secular and contested culture—and found that spiritual conversations are increasingly rare.

51% of Churchgoers Don’t Know of the Great Commission

Matthew 28 is the most well-known biblical record of what is commonly referred to as “the Great Commission.” But a new Barna report reveals that a surprising proportion of churchgoing Christians lack familiarity with Jesus’ famous command to “go and make disciples of all nations.”

Americans Feel Good About Counseling

Millions of Americans face mental illness each year. Yet the stigma surrounding mental health and therapy persists, despite the fact that Americans—especially Christians—who see a counselor have overwhelmingly positive experiences with the practice. In a new study, Barna looks at how Americans feel about and engage with counseling.

How Liturgical Are Today’s Christians?

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. This season, along with other rituals and readings for congregational worship, are part of what is known as Christian liturgy. Though practiced for centuries, these traditions are mostly absent from many contemporary worship expressions today. Just how familiar are practicing Christians with the Church calendar and Christian liturgy?

Atheism Doubles Among Generation Z

Meet Generation Z: The first truly “post-Christian” generation. Barna conducted a major study to examine the culture, beliefs and motivations shaping young people in the U.S. and found that the percentage of 13- to 18-year-olds who identify as atheist is double that of the general population. In this release from the new report, we take a look at Gen Z’s views on faith, truth and the church.

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