Knowing the State of the Church in America is helpful, but what I really need to know is the state of my church and my people…

 

Have you ever found yourself saying that? Have you ever launched a ministry plan or preached a sermon series and wondered, “Is this making a difference?” “Are my people growing in their faith?” “If so, how do I know?”

 

For decades, Barna has been tracking the state of the Church in America. Now, in partnership with Gloo, Barna is putting that knowledge and expertise into the hands of church leaders. The State of Your Church will give pastors new data-informed insights into how people are growing in their faith and will equip them with powerful tools to help them measure what matters in their own church ministries.

 

This 2022 initiative kicks off with a free 90 minute webcast on Tuesday, March 1st at 1:00pm ET. Join Barna president David Kinnaman as well as hosts Carey Nieuwhof and Nona Jones by registering for free using the link below.

Hosted By:

Carey Nieuwhof

Bestselling Leadership Author, Speaker, Podcaster

Nona Jones

Author, Speaker, Director of Global Faith-Based Partnerships at Meta

David Kinnaman

CEO, Barna Group

Carey Nieuwhof is a bestselling leadership author, speaker, podcaster, and former attorney. He hosts one of today’s most influential leadership podcasts. His podcast, blog and online content are accessed by leaders over 1.5 million times each month. He speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change and personal growth. Carey and his wife, Toni, live north of Toronto. His two most recent books are “Didn’t See It Coming” and “At Your Best: How to Get Time, Energy, and Priorities Working in Your Favor”. He can be found at www.careynieuwhof.com.

Nona Jones is an author, nationally renowned speaker, Director of Global Faith-Based Partnerships at Meta, and the founder and chairman of Faith & Prejudice. She is an expert in expanding the influence of the Gospel through social technology and partners with churches and ministries to help them fulfill the Great Commission through digital impact.

David Kinnaman is the author of the bestselling books Faith For Exiles, Good FaithYou Lost Me and unChristian. He is CEO of Barna Group, a leading research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits, and businesses ranging from film studios to financial services. Since 1995, David has directed interviews with more than two million individuals and overseen thousands of U.S. and global research studies. He lives in California with his three children.

Contributors:

Andy Stanley

Communicator, Author, and Pastor

Bishop Claude Alexander

Senior Pastor, Author

Ed Stetzer

Professor, Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center

Tara Beth Leach

Pastor, Preacher, Speaker, Writer

Glenn Packiam

Pastor, Barna Senior Fellow, Author

Scott Sauls

Senior Pastor, Author

Jenni Wong Clayville

Pastor

Randy Frazee

Author, Teacher

Savannah Kimberlin

Director of Research Solutions

Dr. Peter Larson, Ph.D

Director of Assessments at GLOO

Andy Stanley founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries (NPM) in 1995. Today, NPM consists of eight churches in the Atlanta area and a network of nearly 130 churches around the globe that collectively serve nearly 185,000 people weekly. A survey of U.S. pastors in Outreach Magazine identified Andy as one of the ten most influential living pastors in America.

Andy holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from Georgia State University and a master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Irresistible; The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating; How to Be Rich; Deep & Wide; Enemies of the Heart; When Work & Family Collide; Visioneering; and Next Generation Leader. His latest book, Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets, was released October 2020.

His success reaches well beyond the Atlanta area. Over 10.5 million of his messages, leadership videos, YouTube videos, and podcasts are accessed each month.

For over 36 years, Claude Alexander has sought to serve God and community. Having accepted the call to ministry at the age of 17, he endeavored to prepare himself by obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Morehouse College (1985), a Master of Divinity Degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (1988), and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2004). Bishop Alexander has served as the Senior Pastor of The Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina for the past 27 years. Under his leadership, The Park Church has grown from one local congregation of 600 members to a global ministry of thousands with three locations and weekly international reach.

A leader among both Christian and civic organizations, Bishop Alexander has worked with government and community officials to address the community’s most critical issues. Currently, he serves on the boards of Charlotte Center City Partners, Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, Christianity Today, Mission America Coalition, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, The New York City Leadership Center, and the Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops. He is the incoming Chair of Gordon-Conwell Board of Trustees and the Second-Presiding Bishop of the Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors.

In 2013, Bishop Alexander extended his many roles to include that of author. He published his first book, Necessary Christianity, through which he examines the ‘must’ statements of and about Jesus Christ within the Gospels. Written during a three-month sabbatical, he strives to challenge notions of personal preference and entitlement in our lives with Christ.

Bishop Alexander is committed to his family above all else. He is married to Dr. Kimberly Nash Alexander and is the proud father of two daughters, Camryn Rene and Carsyn Richelle.

Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., is a professor and dean at Wheaton College where he also serves as Executive Director of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, has earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates and has written hundreds of articles and a dozen books. He is Regional Director for Lausanne North America, is the editor-in-chief of Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited in, interviewed by, and writes for news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is the Founding Editor of The Gospel Project, a curriculum used by more than 1.7 million individuals each week for bible story.

His national radio show, Ed Stetzer Live, airs Saturdays on Moody Radio and affiliates. He serves as interim teaching pastor of Calvary Church in New York City and serves as teaching pastor at Highpoint Church.

Tara Beth Leach is a pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook in the western suburbs of Chicago. She previously served as senior pastor of First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena (“PazNaz”) in Southern California and has pastored in Illinois and New York. She is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and Northern Theological Seminary.

Tara Beth is a regular writer for Missio Alliance and writes and speaks widely about women in ministry and church leadership. She is the author of Emboldened, Radiant Church, and Forty Days on Being a Six. She has two beautiful and rambunctious sons, and has been married to the love of her life, Jeff, since 2006. You can find her at tarabethleach.com.

Dr. Glenn Packiam is an associate senior pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, and  lead pastor of one of its eight congregations, New Life Downtown. A Senior Fellow at Barna  Group, a visiting fellow at St. John’s College at Durham University, and an adjunct professor at  Denver Seminary, Glenn is the author of several books. He is also an ordained priest with the Anglican Church of North America, speaks regularly at conferences and has appeared on numerous podcasts and radio shows. Glenn and his wife, Holly, live in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains with their four children.

In March 2012, Scott began serving as the Senior Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He is married to Patti and has two daughters, Abby and Ellie. Previously, Scott was a lead and preaching pastor for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, where he worked alongside Dr. Timothy Keller. He has also planted and pastored churches in Kansas City and St. Louis, and is a frequent speaker at conferences, leadership retreats, and to university students.

Formative experiences have included being an athlete, living in a global city, and suffering through a season of anxiety and depression. Influential voices in Scott’s life include Tim Keller, CS Lewis, Leslie Newbigin, Soong Chan Rah, Dorothy Sayers, Jonathan Edwards, Joni Eareckson Tada, Miroslav Volf, Paul Tripp, Ann Voskamp, Martin Luther King, Jr., and NT Wright.

Scott has authored five published books: Jesus Outside the Lines, Befriend, From Weakness to Strength, Irresistible Faith, and A Gentle Answer.

Jenni Wong Clayville was born and raised in Seattle, WA, but she and her family now live in the Washington D.C area. She is wife to Brian and boy-mom to Chance & Paxton.

Jenni currently serves at National Community Church as the Weekend Experience Pastor at the Northern Virginia campus. Over the past two decades, she has served as a Pastor in Portland, OR., El Paso, TX., Oklahoma City, OK., and Fort Worth, TX. Her ministry experience has varied in positions such as Worship, First Impressions, and Executive Pastor. Jenni has also served on the leadership team of Leading and Loving It for over ten years to support women in ministry internationally.

Randy Frazee is the senior minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. An emerging leader and innovator in spiritual formation and biblical community, Randy is the architect of The Story and BELIEVE church engagement campaigns. Randy is the author of Think, Act Be Like Jesus, The Heart of The Story, The Connecting Church, Making Room for Life, The Christian Life Profile Assessment, Renovation of the Heart Student Edition and coauthored Real Simplicity with his wife, Rozanne.

Savannah is Barna’s Director of Research Solutions. Savannah loves facilitating Barna’s vision to provide the Church with knowledge to navigate a changing world through consulting services, Barna learning cohorts and research efforts. As a member of the church engagement team, she is passionate about taking Barna’s research and synthesizing it into helpful insights for Christian leaders–bridging the gap between data and practical application.

As a certified data miner and predictive modeler, Savannah specializes in advanced analytics. Prior to her time at Barna, she worked in the big data and software development spaces.

She earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Samford University and her M.S. in Decision Analytics from the University of Alabama. Savannah currently lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Josh

Dr. Larson is the Director of Assessments at Gloo Inc. where he specializes in creating assessment content with partners, and overseeing a team developing assessment software for the Gloo platform. Prior to joining Gloo, Peter co-authored the PREPARE/ENRICH assessment, served as President of PREPARE/ENRICH, and was the Clinical Director of the Smalley Relationship Center. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Seminary’s Graduate School of Psychology, as well as a Masters degree in Theology.

Peter has been married to Heather Larson for 26 years, and they live in Minnesota with their 3 young adult children.

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