Barna Research

THE STATE OF PASTORS

​In its 30-year history, Barna Group has conducted more than one million interviews over the course of hundreds of studies, and has become a go-to source for insights about faith, culture, leadership, vocation, and generations. Barna Group has carefully and strategically tracked the role of faith in America, developing one of the nation’s most comprehensive databases, of spiritual indicators.


The Great Commandment Network, through its CARE4PASTORS effort, is proud to partner with Barna to provide the following collection of topics, related to pastors and faith leaders, based on Barna's State of Pastors Research. They are divided into two categories and each topic has been paired with a specific Recommendation and Resource, to support and care for you!

PASTORAL STRENGTHS

PASTORAL CHALLENGES

SATISFACTION
​We can celebrate that 97% of U.S. Pastors report being "very" or "somewhat" satisfied in their pastoral vocation.

RECOMMENDATION

Pastors, maintain or even increase your satisfaction through exploring the Concentric Circles of Pastor Care. Focus on loving the Lord, then your spouse and family, then your ministry and mission.
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RESOURCE

Engage your elders, deacons, or church leadership team in supporting your satisfaction! You need advocates who champion you and your family's health through strategies like 50 Ways to Bless Your Pastor.​
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DISCIPLESHIP
​Interestingly, 86% of U.S. Pastors assess their church as "very" or "somewhat" when it comes to actually discipling followers of Jesus. 

RECOMMENDATION

Download these 12 Sermon Series Outlines free in support of your efforts in growing Spirit Empowered Disciples in your church community.​
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RESOURCE

Download this Spirit-Empowered Faith Self Assessment for you, a small group or even your whole church to take. There are 40 unique discipleship traits found in scripture; find out where you stand in:
1. Loving the Lord
2. Loving His Word
3. Loving People
4. Living His Mission
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REACHING UNCHURCHED
62% of U.S. Pastors assess their church as "very" or "somewhat" effective at reaching the unchurched. 

RECOMMENDATION

Global Outreach Day is the last Saturday of May each year. Check out their website for great stories and more, or click below for information on how to get involved. 
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RESOURCE

Plan a visit to the Billy Graham Library Journey of Faith in Charlotte, NC, to recapture a fresh vision for evangelism.
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BIBLE READING
In questions related to Spiritual health, 71% of U.S. Pastors indicated that "reading the Bible for personal devotions" was an essential discipline. 

RECOMMENDATION

Download the Great Commandment Network's app to engage the Reboot Spiritual Life program of Scripture meditations for Personal Growth in Spirit-Empowered Faith.​ 
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RESOURCE

The Experiential Gospel of John resource kit provides 21 weeks of devotional readings  with a daily focus on Encountering Jesus, Experiencing Scripture, and Engaging Community.​ 
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ENJOYMENT
66% of U.S. Pastors indicate that Preaching/Teaching are what they most enjoy and it is no doubt that our world needs more of the declaration of His truth. 

RECOMMENDATION

Gifted sermons and supportive materials to engage Jesus followers in a Prayer-Care-Share lifestyle are available at Preach2Engage.com.
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RESOURCE

The Jesus Now Awakening Resource Kit, from Dr. Tom Phillips of the Billy Graham Library, seeks to engage followers in the Jesus legacy of, "going about doing good".
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PARTNERING WITH OTHER CHURCHES
A majority of U.S. Churches, 67%, partner often and at least annually with other churches in the community regardless of denomination.

RECOMMENDATION

​Engage your church on the National Day of Prayer each year, which involves thousands of local gatherings with millions participating across the U.S.
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RESOURCE

The Cry Out to the Lord small group kit is ideal for engaging your church with the National Day of Prayer, especially your Prayer Teams, Ministry Leaders, and Intercessors.
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FRUSTRATION
Nearly a third, 27%, of U.S. Pastors report lack of spiritual maturity among church goers as one of their top frustrations.

RECOMMENDATION

Engage your church in an age-stage model for developing Spirit-Empowered disciples who Love the Lord, Live His Word, Love People, and Live His Mission.
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RESOURCE

Start your members on the journey of Love the Lord, through a church-wide or small group series focused on 5 Assumptions About God.
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MARITAL PROBLEMS
Almost a quarter, 26%, of U.S. Pastors surveyed indicated significant marital problems during their ministry. 

RECOMMENDATION

Download the free chapter of 31 Days of Prayer for Your Husband and /or 31 Days of Prayer for Your Wife  and use the guided prayer time to pray for your spouse.
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RESOURCE

Use the 31 Days of Payer for My Wife kit to start a small group.
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The 31 Days of Payer for My Husband kit is also a great tool for a small group.
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HAVING TRUE FRIENDS
Would you believe that only 35% of U.S. Pastors describe their satisfaction with present friendships as excellent? 

RECOMMENDATION

Consider asking someone to advocate for you and give them this free book to help them get started.
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RESOURCE

Imagine a whole group of people supporting you in prayer! The 31 Days of Prayer for My Pastor kit is a great resource to kick-off this small group.
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MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Only 39% of Pastors surveyed indicated their mental and emotional health was "excellent". 

RECOMMENDATION

As a Care4Pastors partner, Focus on the Family provides a free Pastor Care line for Pastors and their spouses.  It is not good to be alone! 

PLEASE CALL:  844-PASTOR1
M-F: 8am - 10pm (EST)
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RESOURCE

Growing as a Spirit-Empowered Disciple goes a long way in improving our mental and emotional health. Intentionally experiencing Christ being formed in us is life changing. Download the Reboot Spiritual Life app and take the assessment as your next step.
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ADDICTIONS
When surveyed 20% of U.S. Pastors indicated they had struggled with an addiction and most of those indicated it was the challenge of pornography.

RECOMMENDATION

The Set Free sermon outline provides help and hope to the bondage of addiction.
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RESOURCE

​​Check out this video explaining the Set Free journey by Josh McDowell. You can also TEXT the number 33733 for the free videos.
Text, "Set free" for the men's track.
Text, "Set free her" for the women's set.
Text, "Set free yth" for the youth videos.
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EFFECTS OF MINISTRY ON MARRIAGE
Even as marriage is a powerful gospel witness, 30% of U.S. Pastors surveyed could not describe their marriage satisfaction as "excellent" and almost half, 47% of Pastors indicated that Ministry has been difficult on their family. 

RECOMMENDATION

Start going out on Date Nights again! Download the Great Commandment App and focus on the "Reboot Marriage" program which provides conversation guides and practical ideas for your date nights, deepening your marriage intimacy.
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RESOURCE

Plan a getaway weekend with your spouse! The Christian Hospitality Network of 700+ Christian owned Bed & Breakfast Inns provides very discounted rates for Pastor and Missionary getaways.