The Credibility Crisis of Today’s Pastors

Barna’s State of Pastors report, produced in partnership with Pepperdine University, reveals that pastors in America face several hurdles to their cultural influence. It's not that people dislike pastors; it's just that they don't really care about them. Watch experts discuss the impact of these findings from our recent State of Pastors event.

The Aging of America’s Pastors

Pastors are getting older, and this has important implications for the future of the church. In partnership with Pepperdine University, Barna conducted a major study examining the shifting demographic of faith leaders, and the cultural forces responsible for the dramatic changes.

How Healthy Are Pastors’ Relationships?

Vital to the health of any pastor, minister, elder or priest are the abundance and vitality of their relational resources. But how hard is ministry on pastor’s families? Do they have close friends? Who leads their church alongside them—and is it working? Barna conducted a major study into how today’s faith leaders are navigating life and leadership in an age of complexity. Here are some findings.

Busting Myths about Pastoring

On January 26, Barna is releasing a huge new research study about pastors via a free webcast called The State of Pastors: Leading in Complexity. The research takes a fresh and revealing look at the lives of pastors – how they handle challenges in their families, churches, and in the community. We draw on interviews Barna has conducted with over 10,000 pastors. Find out more here.

Barna: This Week

77% of those with children under 18 strongly believe sex education should support a message of abstinence… https://t.co/8ANAYhw4dB

@barnagroup • September 24, 2017

82% of parents of current students believe spiritual formation is essential when weighing a choice between different schools

Barna Group • September 25, 2017

The State of Pastors

47% of adults strongly agree that people from different cultures enrich America—up from 37% in 2016… https://t.co/7CbqzC9xAh

@barnagroup • September 24, 2017

The percentage of practicing Christians who want to welcome refugees in crisis grew from 16% in 2016 to 36% in 2017

Barna Group • September 23, 2017

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Busting Myths about Pastoring

December 8, 2016

On January 26, Barna is releasing a huge new research study about pastors via a free webcast called The State of Pastors: Leading in Complexity. The research takes a fresh and revealing look at the lives of pastors – how they handle challenges in their families, churches, and in the community. We draw on interviews Barna has conducted with over 10,000 pastors. Find out more here.

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