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About the Research

The Barna team has increasingly felt the urgency to help prepare the Church for its collective future. We are pouring everything we’ve learned into The State of the Church 2020—our most comprehensive effort yet. We hope that our State of the Church project can provide you with a realistic-and-hopeful context and assist you in discerning a faithful direction forward in our chaotic, disruptive culture. We firmly believe in the work of the local church and we want to see people and pastors flourishing and their churches thrive. We want to help you better understand and measure what matters for the sake of Gospel transformation.


About the Partnership: Barna + Gloo

Technology will power Barna’s State of the Church 2020 initiative in ways that were beyond imagination back when Barna was formed in 1984. We’ve been working on new digital tools in partnership with an innovative technology company called Gloo, led by Scott Beck. This new technology will provide interactive access to the research and insights in ways you haven’t seen before.


About the Barna ChurchPulse

Barna ChurchPulse enables pastors to understand the state of their church with greater insights into their own context compared to national norms. It is a simple, anonymous and free assessment that takes less than ten minutes for an individual congregant to complete. When Barna ChurchPulse assessments have been submitted, the tool’s easy-to-use interface offers churches a visual representation of the people they serve, highlighting the dimensions of human flourishing and organizational thriving uncovered by Barna’s latest research.


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