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A majority of U.S. teens involved in a local church youth ministry volunteer their time at least several times a year. “A little less than one fifth of teens (17 percent) volunteer once a week, one-quarter (25 percent) volunteer at least once a month, another one-quarter (26 percent) volunteer once every few months, and about […] Read More

A majority of U.S. teens hold the Bible in high regard, read it with some regularity and seek to find guidance for daily living in its pages, according to research conducted by Barna Group on behalf of the American Bible Society. “American teens sometimes get a bad rap as being uninterested or even anti-faith,” said […] Read More

The most generous U.S. cities are located in the South and Midwest, with the majority of donations going to churches, according to a Barna Group analysis. Texas, New Mexico, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin were home to the most generous U.S. cities. El Paso, Texas, and its neighbor, Las Cruces, New Mexico, were the […] Read More

The U.S. is as divided as it’s been in decades. We’re divided politically and culturally. Geographically, we’re becoming increasingly divided into ever more concentrated conservative and liberal pockets. We’re economically divided, too. The richest individuals are getting richer while most Americans struggle – or fail – to keep up. And our richest states and cities […] Read More

Eighty percent of all U.S. adults are concerned about the moral condition of the nation, according to a Barna Group survey. “Though measurable differences exist between population segments, moral concern is widespread across the demographic board,” Barna noted. “The proportion is closer to nine in 10 among Elders (89 percent) and Boomers (87 percent), while […] Read More

Church planters are more likely than the average U.S. adult to feel financial strain, according to a Barna Group study. While U.S. church plants, particularly in urban areas, have increased significantly in the last 20 years, nearly a third (32 percent) of church planters report financial challenges. By comparison, only 20 percent of all U.S. […] Read More

Regular Bible reading contributes to political civility and meaningful living, according to a majority of U.S. adults in an American Bible Society/Barna Group survey. Fifty-one percent of Americans said regular Bible reading would improve civility in politics and 53 percent felt this practice would help politicians to lead more effectively, while 66 percent said the […] Read More

U.S. evangelicals are minimally engaged in the 2016 presidential campaign, despite significant focus by media outlets on the importance of gaining the evangelical vote. “Only one out of five evangelicals (20 percent) said they were following news about the campaign very closely,” a Barna Group survey found. This is 11 percentage points lower than the […] Read More

The most “Bible-minded” cities are found in the southern United States, according to the Barna Research Group. The annual survey, conducted in conjunction with the American Bible Society, found “all of the top 10 cities located below the Mason-Dixon Line.” “Individuals who report reading the Bible in a typical week and who strongly assert the […] Read More

The desire for spiritual growth among Christians is not translating into significant commitment to practices facilitating this development, according to a Barna Group survey. A strong majority (77 percent) of Christians said it is “very important to see growth in their spiritual life,” but the commitment to discipleship practices – such as regular church attendance […] Read More