Culture

Barna Group was one of the first research companies to examine the intersection of faith and culture. The cultural elements the company explores include technology and lifestyles, social values and political opinions, and other dimensions of American society. This section of the Barna website helps you access our information and resources on culture.

Scotland: Lessons for Effective Ministry in a Post-Christian Context

August 27, 2015— Can the Christian community flourish in a post-Christian context? This is the main question behind a landmark study of the state of faith and effective ministry in Scotland—the first of its kind for Barna Group outside of North America.

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2015 Sees Sharp Rise in Post-Christian Population

Is America a post-Christian nation? Not quite–but in just two years, the percentage of Americans who qualify as “post-Christian” rose by 7 points (from 37% in 2013 to 44% in 2015), bringing the number very near the halfway mark.

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Friendships Are the Top Thing People Love Most About Their Cities

July 29, 2015—“There’s no place like home,” repeats Dorothy as she taps those famous ruby slippers together. The place to which she so desperately longs to return is Kansas, that little corner of the world she calls home. One might imagine the Depression-era dustbowl of Kansas is no match for the wonders of Oz, but it’s the place she feels rooted, attached and secure.

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Putting Down Roots: Most Americans Plan to Stay Where They Are

July 15, 2015— Leslie Knope’s endearing enthusiasm for her beloved town of Pawnee in NBC’s Parks and Recreation may be rubbing off on the rest of us, because an increasing number of Americans are “going local.” From food to clothing to breweries, locally owned and locally grown have become premium labels. Whether it’s an objection to corporate franchising, a push for more local jobs or a desire to utilize local resources more sustainably, “going local” stems from a real sense of attachment or belonging to place.

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