Barna’s Reflections on 2006

George Barna is always a good source when it comes to Christianity in our culture. I ran across some of his observations and reflections over the last year and here is what I found interesting:

– “Although large majorities of the public claim to be “deeply spiritual” and say that their religious faith is “very important” in their life, only 15 percent of those who regularl attend a Christian church ranked their relationshi with God as the top priority in their life. As alarming as that finding was, its significance was magnified by research showing that on average pastors believe that 70 percent of the adults in their congregation consider their relationship with God to be their highest priority in life.”

-“The notion of personal holiness has slipped out of the consciousness of the vast majority of Christians. While just 21 percent of adults consider themselves to be holy, by their own admission large numbers have no idea what “holiness” means and only one out of every three (35%) believe that God expects people to become holy.”

-“The growing movement of Christian Revolutionaries in the U.S. distinguished themselves from an already-select group of people- born-again believers- through their deeds, beliefs and self-views. Revolutionaries demonstrated substantially higher levels of community service, financial contributions, daily Bible study, personal quiet times each day, family Bible studies, daily worship experiences, engagement in spiritual mentoring, and evangelistic efforts. They also had a series of beliefs that were much more likely than those of typical born-again adults to coincide with biblical teachings. Their self-perceptions were also dramatically different than that of other born-again adults.”

– “Relatively few people- just one out of every six- believe that spiritual maturity is meant to be develped within the context of a local church or within th econtext of a community of faith.”

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One comment on “Barna’s Reflections on 2006

  1. Beth'sMomToo says:

    Reading this makes me realize how careful I need to be when people tell me about their “faith”. Chances are we’re not even in the same ballpark!

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