To kick off ChurchPulse Weekly’s next generation focus for the month of July, Barna president David Kinnaman sits down with Ben Windle—author, speaker and pastor—to discuss what Millennials are looking for in the Church, how to be a relational leader for younger generations and a new approach to engaging volunteers.
Over the last few months, church leaders have expressed that they are struggling in their ministry to younger adult generations. In light of this, Barna president David Kinnaman and Director of Insights Mark Matlock sat down to review what research tells us about these age groups, seeking to offer actionable insights that church leaders can implement right now. We'll kick off this five-day video series, Five Essential Conversations About Ministry to the Next Generation, with an exploration of some of the reasons Millennials may have stopped streaming digital church during the pandemic.
One aspect of the “new Sunday morning” that has largely been impacted by social distancing guidelines is group expressions of worship, like corporate singing or taking communion. This article takes a look at some pre-COVID data to illuminate the worship styles and preferences of believers, noting mainline Protestants' desire for liturgical worship, Millennials' leanings toward weekly charismatic faith expressions, and more.
A new Barna study breaks down how employed Christians understand and value their vocation. The research suggests that the Christians in the largest generation in the modern labor force are buoyed in these formative working years both by a deep sense of ambition and by the hope of making a difference.
A new Barna report, Reviving Evangelism, looks at the faith-sharing experiences and expectations of Christians and non-Christians alike. Among the major findings in this report is the revelation that Christian Millennials feel conflicted about evangelism—and, in fact, almost half believe it is wrong to share their faith.
Half of Jewish Millennials say their Jewish identity is “very important” to them. So how do they define or embrace that identity? In a brand new report, Barna looks closely at the ways young Jews in America experience and engage with tradition in a rapidly changing culture.
Barna has spent years studying how Millennial spirituality is changing in the United States, pointing to dramatic shifts in worldview and toward secularization. Some of the trends we’ve observed hold true broadly across religions and age groups in the U.S—and, in the case of this study, for Millennial Jews.
Many faith communities are struggling with how to make space for millennials, particularly in their ministry models and leadership approach. Produced in partnership with Cornerstone Knowledge Network, this report shows you how to make valuable connections with millennials in your church, school, or organization.
Millions of young educated Americans are heading into the workforce this summer, but unlike other generations, Millennials have higher expectations for their work and careers, but are simultaneously much less attached to their jobs, seeking meaning and identity elsewhere. Drawing on a number of recent studies, Barna's research explores the vocational paradoxes of a paradoxical generation.
Like it or not, consumer culture has shaped people’s expectations for church, and this is more true for Millennials than any other generation. So what do they think of church? What pushes them away and draws them in? And when they do visit a church, how are they hoping to be approached?
Barna Group conducted a multi-phase research program to understand the principles of design that best resonate with Millennials.
How has the turn away from religion affected Millennials' views of the bible?
Millennials have new questions to wrestle with as they navigate sex, dating and marriage in a digital, anything-goes, hook-up culture. As part of 2014 Barna Labs—a multi-month online learning experience—Barna hosted Tim Chaddick for an in-depth, practical conversation on ministering to Millennials through the minefield of sexuality.
We want to help you learn more about the next generation in order to maximize your efforts to spiritually engage them. Over years of research, one thing remains clear: the relationship between Millennials and the church is shifting. Although this list isn't exhaustive, here are five major themes we've identified from our research.
Barna Group's FRAMES research reveals Millennials' perspectives on the challenges they face as they join America's workforce. David H. Kim, executive director of the Center for Faith and Work in New York City, offers insight for institutions like churches and businesses on how to understand and relate to twentysomethings as they emerge into adulthood.
In this conversation with Barna president, David Kinnaman, Tyson talks about the pastoral pressure of Easter Sunday, the different generational questions of Boomers and Millennials and how Christians—both pastors and lay people alike—can renew their vision for church.
While Barna Group’s research has previously highlighted what’s not working to keep Millennials at church, the research also illuminates what is working—and what churches can do to engage these young adults. This research points to five ways faith communities can build deeper, more lasting connections with Millennials.
A trend social analysts are calling the “rise of the Nones” describes the seeming surge in people who claim no faith or say they are unaffiliated with any belief system. Recent surveys by the Barna Group have shed light on this trend by examining those 18- to 29-year-olds who used to identify themselves closely with faith and the church, but who have since begun to wrestle with that identity.