Six Megathemes Emerge From Barna Research in 2010

Click on the link and see the results of Barna research around these themes (with my pithy comments below).

1. The Christian Church is becoming less theologically literate. I have seen this in spades as I've worked with the Lutheran church for a decade

2. Christians are becoming more ingrown and less outreach-oriented. Perhaps this is why 90 percent of ELCA Lutheran churches have not added a single person to their average worship attendance in five years.

3. Growing numbers of people are less interested in spiritual principles and more desirous of learning pragmatic solutions for life. Don't tell me what to believe, let me see you model how to live.

4. Among Christians, interest in participating in community action is escalating. I'm coaching a campus pastor in Atlanta. He can get 25 people to spend all day at a Habitat build, but only six to spend an hour visiting a church worship service.

5. The postmodern insistence on tolerance is winning over the Christian Church. The fight over gays and lesbians has already been decided by the next generation. So, it's just a matter of time.

6. The influence of Christianity on culture and individual lives is largely invisible. When we do something relevant, maybe we will become influential again.