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Barna Studies Americans' Experience in Christian Churches

The newest Barna survey shows that most Americans feel a connection with God when they attend church, but most also cannot remember any faith lessons they’d learned while attending. According to the survey results, 66 percent of those who had attended a Christian church sometime in their past felt a “real and personal connection” with God during their visit. Slightly more than half (51 percent) said their lives had been at least somewhat changed by attending church. Nearly 70 percent of respondents also said they felt a part of a community that was “united in their beliefs and who take care of each other in practical ways.” However, when asked to consider their last visit to a Christian church, 61 percent said they couldn’t recall any significant or important new faith insights they gained from attending.

David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, said the research showed a “rich and diverse set of inputs” by attending church, especially feeling a connection with God. “Yet, the research results are also a reminder that faith leaders cannot take these things for granted…(church leaders should) consider how their faith communities can identify, plan, and measure a deeper, more holistic set of experiences…so that people are not mere observers of ministry but genuine participants.”

Read the full results of the survey here.