Faith/Spirituality

When Barna Group started in 1984, the idea of a research firm devoted primarily to the exploration of faith and spirituality was groundbreaking.  In fact, George Barna coined the term theolographics™ to describe the faith variables of belief, activity, affiliation and identity. This section of the Barna website gives you access to our research and resources that address the faith and spirituality of Americans.

Year-in-Review: Barna's Top 10 Findings from 2014

December 29, 2014 - Every December, Barna Group compiles its top findings and trends from research conducted in the past year. From legalizing marijuana to increasing secularization trends to America’s complicated relationship with sports—2014 was an interesting year. 

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David Kinnaman and Jon Tyson Discuss Millennials, “Nones" and a Renewed Vision for Church

General church attendance has been on the decline for the past decade and nearly one-third of Millennials who grew up in the church have dropped out at some point. Yet many continue to return two days a year: Christmas and Easter.

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Celebrating Lent 2014

March 5, 2014 — Every year, beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter Sunday, millions of people celebrate the 40 days of Lent by giving up—fasting from—certain foods or activities. It's a practice with a rich history among many Christian traditions.

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Is Evangelism Going Out of Style?

Dec 18, 2013 - Gospel tracts, sidewalk evangelism, street preachers with bullhorns—all of these things seem like evangelistic efforts of yesteryear. But if this seems true, where does that leave the state of evangelism today? Is faith-sharing a fading practice, or does it simply look different today? In all their innovative efforts to engage culture, have Christians left this ancient practice so integral to their faith behind?

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