David Kinnaman to Speak at Pepperdine Bible Lecture Series

Barna's president David Kinnaman will be presenting this week at the Pepperdine Bible Lectures happening Tuesday to Friday, May 3 to 6, 2016 on Pepperdine’s Malibu campus. He will be speaking on our preliminary State of Pastors data, and will join a list of speakers that includes scholar N.T. Wright, and activist Ruby Bridges. Here are some key details:

The Present and Future of Spiritual Leadership
Wednesday May 4 and Thursday May 5
9:30 to 10:15 AM

Find out more about the event here, and watch the livestream here.



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Pastors and the Psychology of Scarcity

May 20, 2016 • Leaders & Pastors

Guest blog from Susan Mettes of Thrivent Financial on the psychological effects of financial strains on pastors and their church plants.


David Kinnaman


Improving Your Cultural Intelligence

November 6, 2015 • Culture & Media

It struck me today that trend watching has become something almost everyone does—and must do—in order to live effective lives. Trend watching has become democratized. I bet you do more trend watching in your life than you even realize. How do you keep up on trends?


David Kinnaman


Ambition: The Good, the Bad and Three Ways to Keep It From Getting Ugly

October 1, 2015 • Work & Vocation

Like work itself, I believe ambition was placed into humanity at creation and that it is an innately good part of what it means to be human. However, ambition also has a shadow side. How can we embrace the good of ambition, without letting it get the best of us?