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Planned Pastoral Transitions Lead to Better Outcomes

Every church inevitably goes through a time of leadership transition. Whether because of retirement, scandal, health complications, a change in calling or some other shift in a pastor’s life or career, churches are bound to walk through a pastoral succession of some kind eventually. A new Barna report produced in partnership with Brotherhood Mutual, Leadership Transitions, addresses this universal reality and examines how churches navigate pastoral change and stay healthy amidst the shift.

What Is the Church’s Role in Racial Reconciliation?

This August, historians note, marks 400 years since slavery began in the United States. As our country nears this anniversary, many are taking time to reflect on the history of racial injustice in America and their responsibility in healing the wounds of inequality that have been inflicted on black Americans over the last four centuries. A new report, Where Do We Go from Here?, represents the first of several new Barna efforts to study race and the Church and assesses what practicing Christians feel should be done to repair the damage.

A Snapshot of Faith Practice Across Age Groups

How often do Christians attend church? What do they believe about God? Do they regularly open their Bibles? Drawing from FaithView, Barna’s new online database for city, state and national spiritual profiles, let’s take a fresh look at one of the questions we often hear as religion researchers: How do core metrics of faith look by generation, as Christians progress through age and stage of life?

U.S. Adults Believe Hate Speech Has Increased—Mainly Online

Reported incidents of hate speech and hate crimes in the United States has risen dramatically in recent years. In light of this, Barna sought to explore personal opinions about or experiences with such interactions, attacks or crimes.

How Faith Heritage Relates to Faith Practice

Does an “inherited” religious identity contribute to the maturation and flourishing of the individual and their faith in the long run? The recent Barna report Households of Faith, produced in partnership with Lutheran Hour Ministries, finds some (at times surprising) links between faith heritage and present faith practice.

Half of Practicing Christians Say History of Slavery Still Impacts the U.S.

In recent years, there has been contentious debate about the injustices that black Americans still experience in their daily lives. In light of this, Barna set out to explore issues related to the treatment of black Americans and other ethnic minorities in this new study on race and equality in America.

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