The Open Generation


A first-of-its-kind international research study to help church leaders understand teenagers around the world.

The largest study Barna has ever conducted in its 38 year history.


Coming 2022




As the global Church seeks to support, lead, and reach teens, it’s important that we gauge where they’re at.

The Open Generation is a study developed in partnership with Alpha, Biblica, and World Vision, with additional support from Christian Vision, Bible Study Fellowship, Christ In Youth, and the Association of Christian Schools International.

In 2018 and 2019, we worked on a study of young adults (ages 18 to 35) in 25 countries. At the time, it was Barna’s largest study and a first-of-its-kind international effort to understand emerging adults. It revealed that young adults in this age range (which our U.S. research typically refers to as Millennials and the leading edge of Gen Z) contend with strong currents of anxiety, loneliness, and skepticism. We highlighted areas of need and opportunities for churches to better lead and support young adults.

Fast-forward to 2021 and 2022. Amid a pandemic and with the partnership of a collective of organizations, we have broadened the scope of our research again, this time to 25,000+ interviews, 26 countries and a slightly younger cohort: teenagers ages 13 to 17. The goal is to advance the understanding of teens globally—their identity, values, and views—and to offer a picture of the global Church’s potential representation.

Through this new ground-breaking research, we’re excited to provide an understanding of how teens around the world think about three key areas: Jesus, the Bible, and Making an Impact.

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