Pepperdine University Partners With Barna Group for Landmark Study, "The State of Pastors"

April 24, 2017  | 1 min read

Pepperdine University and Barna Group, a leading research organization at the intersection of faith and culture, partnered to present “The State of Pastors,” a groundbreaking study, research report, and live event and webcast giving insight into the needs, challenges, and well-being of today’s pastors.

Drawing from interviews with more than 10,000 pastors from 40 denominations across all 50 states, “The State of Pastors” study analyzed aspects of pastoral life that, until now, were largely unexplored. The complete published study findings were presented on January 26 in a 160-page monograph complete with full-color infographics, and findings were discussed in depth at “The State of Pastors” live event at Pepperdine’s Malibu campus.

“Barna Group and Pepperdine share a deep love and concern for America’s pastors, who continue to play a significant role in the health and well-being of society,” said Barna president David Kinnaman.

“It’s vital to understand how a culture skeptical of Christianity impacts how our church leaders are adapting spiritually, emotionally, and relationally. We pray that “The State of Pastors” research, event, and published report remind pastors that they are valuable and valued, and equip the people and ministries that support them with insights to better meet their needs.”

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