As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the U.S., local and state governments continue to implement new mandates and restrictions that effect how Americans gather for the holidays—both inside and outside the home. Many church leaders are now contemplating how a socially distant Advent and Christmas season will impact invitations, attendance and outreach for holiday services.
While many churches have re-opened since the nationwide shut down in March, the logistics—and perhaps necessity—of hybrid church (combination of in-person and digital) is something pastors remain curious about. What does it mean to offer both in-person and digital experiences? How can these experiences be just as impactful online as they are in person?
Can digital ministry become more than a sermon? Our data collected during the 2020 tumult—releasing in a new report, Six Questions About the Future of the Hybrid Church Experience—suggest that viewing and attending church are not seen as the same thing, and a more holistic strategy for digital or hybrid ministry is needed for the long term.
Recent Barna data collected on working couple in America show that the majority of American working couples believe they can maintain their individual careers and still come together to raise a healthy family, all while staying in love. But what does it actually take to make this dream a reality? Today's article takes a look at how U.S. adults and practicing Christians respond to this question.
On September 30, 2020, Barna and Pepperdine University’s Boone Center for the Family partnered together to host a live digital summit to share findings from the Restoring Relationships report. This free event paired past data with recent research and expert interviews to help pastors get a broader glimpse at relational health in light of the 2020 disruptions, including the COVID-19 crisis, renewed conversations on racial justice and increased political divides preceding the upcoming election.
It’s no secret that relationships drastically impact our lives. Healthy relationships are supportive and life-giving, contributing to our resilience during challenging times (especially among young people), spurring us to grow in faith together and even allowing us to be better parents. Unhealthy relationships—or even a lack of relationships—have a tendency to leave us feeling drained, empty and dissatisfied. During the COVID-19 crisis, these negative impacts have been felt even more prominently. What can the Church do to help?
One might assume that the events of 2020 have increased awareness of racial injustice in the United States and motivation to address it. But the story isn’t so straightforward, new Barna research (conducted in partnership with Dynata) suggests. Yes, there are signs the past year has clarified how Americans think about racial injustice—but that doesn’t mean they see the issue, or their role within it, with greater urgency. In the Church especially, there is a sense that people are doubling down on divides.
In Faith for Exiles, co-authors David Kinnaman and Mark Matlock discuss five practices that contribute to resilient discipleship and flourishing faith in young adults. Today, we’ll take a deeper look at a main aspect of resilience—relationships. How can the Church offer strong, lasting connections to young people, even in the challenging social context prompted by the COVID-19 crisis?
2020 has been a year of disruption, to say the least. From the pandemic to a movement of demonstrations for racial justice to the looming presidential election, U.S. residents—along with many of their global neighbors—are living in a state of uncertainty. And younger adult generations, Millennials and Gen Z, are facing some of the greatest challenges in this moment.
Religious language changes over time. Once-common words and phrases fall out of fashion and use for various reasons, often because younger generations feel their parents’ and grandparents’ preferred words don’t adequately describe their experience. today’s article takes a look at data from The Future of Missions, highlighting the way different age groups talk about missions and why teens and young adults lean away from certain terminology when discussing global ministry.
Today’s article takes a look at what people believe the Church’s role should be in helping solve issues at the local level. While this data was collected prior to COVID, these findings are still relevant to pastors in the current moment. While gathering for the good of the community may look different in an age of social distancing, there is still much work to be done and the Church can be instrumental in releasing people to make a difference in their neighborhoods.
In the most recent ChurchPulse Weekly episode, hosts Carey Nieuwhof and David Kinnaman are joined by Nona Jones, head of Faith-Based Partnerships at Facebook, author, speaker and pastor, along with her husband Tim, at Open Door Ministries in Gainesville, Florida. Jones, a previous ChurchPulse Weekly guest, shares ways pastors can increase their digital and social ministry to foster meaningful relationships with their people in this continued age of social distancing.
One aspect of the “new Sunday morning” that has largely been impacted by social distancing guidelines is group expressions of worship, like corporate singing or taking communion. This article takes a look at some pre-COVID data to illuminate the worship styles and preferences of believers, noting mainline Protestants' desire for liturgical worship, Millennials' leanings toward weekly charismatic faith expressions, and more.
While engaged faith is alive and well among a significant minority of Millennials and Gen Z, not all are convinced of missions’ urgency and efficacy. The Future of Missions, a brand new Barna report conducted in partnership with International Mission Board takes a closer look at what’s keeping young Christians from wholeheartedly engaging with global ministry. In an effort to inform the conversations church leaders and parents should be having with the next generation of missionaries, this study analyzes Christian generations’ past and present practice and perspectives of missions.