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

    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.

  • 2015 Sees Sharp Rise in Post-Christian Population

    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.

  • Friendships Are the Top Thing People Love Most About Their Cities

    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.

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

    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.

  • Christians React to the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage: 9 Key Findings

    Christians React to the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage: 9 Key Findings

    July 1, 2015—— On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. This landmark decision was met with both celebration and sorrow as Americans on both sides of the debate voiced their opinions on the decision. A new Barna survey conducted in the wake of the ruling reveals nine key findings that will help make sense of where Americans stand—and what’s next in this divisive conversation.

Barna Labs


Join with other leaders from across the country to gain relevant knowledge and insights for how to effectively disciple Millennials (ages 11 to 29). Through Barna Labs, a five-month learning intensive, you'll network with leaders in similar ministry settings, develop an effective plan to connect with Millennials and design a ministry blueprint tailored for your context.

Sign up for one of the Barna Labs tracks today!

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A Solvable Problem

Six in ten young people will leave the church at some point during their twenties.

Everyone has an opinion about why Millennials are leaving. But whatever one's personal view of their reasons, one thing is clear: the relationship between Millennials and the church is changing.

Barna Group's researchers have been examining Millennials' faith development since the generation was in its teens—that is, for more than a decade. We have conducted more than 27,000 interviews with members of the Millennial generation in more than 200 studies.

And while the headlines often cover what Barna has discovered about what's not working to keep Millennials involved, our research also illuminates what is working—and what local communities of faith can do to engage these young adults.

As a leader, you are in a position to help reverse the trend. We invite you into Barna Labs, designed to give you hands-on learning experiences and in-depth knowledge so your ministry can make growing disciples among Millennials.

What You Can Expect from Barna Labs


Research Diagnostics

Get real data from your faith community. We equip you with survey diagnostics so you can conduct Barna Group certified research in your own church or organization. You'll gain data-driven insights on the spiritual journeys of the Millennials in your community, Millennials' perceptions of Christianity and of your church, and how well your church engages students with the Bible. Barna diagnostics provide research-based facts so you can have confidence as you make key decisions about your ministry to Millennials.



Learning Network

Connect with other leaders through an innovative online learning experience. And when you sign up for Guided Labs, join us for an exclusive in-person gathering in Ventura, California led by David Kinnaman and the Barna Labs Faculty (on Tuesday, January 13-Wednesday, January 14, 2015). We specifically designed the Guided Barna Labs so you can have the flexibility of online learning plus the value of face-to-face networking with other leaders. This is more than an online class. It's a chance to connect with and learn from other leaders who are reaching Millennials.



Practical Knowledge

Barna Labs is knowledge you put into action. This is more than a one- or two-day event. It's a five-month reorientation process that helps you find new ways of effective ministry. From January to May, you'll have time and space to digest what you're learning from Millennials research, and to make course-corrections along the way. Instead of another conference notebook for your shelf, you bring home the tools you need to engage in lasting spiritual formation with the next generation.

You'll learn how to:

  • Engage Millennials with the Bible

  • Disciple in an age of screens, narcissism and pop culture

  • Communicate in "Digital Babylon"

  • Connect vocation (or calling) to discipleship

  • Teach deep theological truths to Millennials

  • Understand and influence Millennials' morality

  • Apply research findings to enhance your ministry



Accessible Online

Barna Labs fits into your schedule. Because Labs courses are delivered online, both Basic and Guided tracks allow you to maintain your existing commitments while developing a new knowledge base. And because it's online, all of the course materials are accessible throughout the five-month intensive.

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