What fortifies pastors and makes them effective in their work? What are their greatest needs and challenges today? How are they navigating life and leadership in a contentious culture?

The State of Pastors, a major new Barna research study conducted in partnership with Pepperdine University, reveals what pastors themselves are saying about their spiritual, emotional, mental, financial and congregational health. In addition, the study examines how these faith leaders are feeling about the impact our changing culture is having on their life and ministry.

For anyone who is thinking about the role and well-being of faith leaders today, The State of Pastors will provide illumination and insight into the current situation.

Free Webcast and Live Event, January 26, 2017

Join us on January 26, 2017 for the State of Pastors event—streaming live online, or in person at Pepperdine University’s Malibu, California campus. You’ll see Barna president David Kinnaman and other influential church leaders present an in-depth look at the current state of our valued spiritual leaders. Save the date now for the webcast or live event. Sign up on this page for more information.


The findings of this landmark study will also be released in a new monograph, a complete 120+ page report with full-color infographics and comprehensive analysis on the state of pastors. Sign up on this page to be notified when the monograph is available for purchase.

Serving Today’s Church Leaders Training Seminar

If you’re the leader of a denomination, nonprofit, ministry or other organization that serves church leaders, you are invited join us in Malibu for an additional day and a half, for Barna’s Serving Today’s Church Leaders training seminar. This exclusive event—limited to 100 leaders only—will bring together some of the best thinking on how we as the Church can serve our pastors today. Early, reduced price registration begins in August. Sign up on this page to save your spot or to find out more.

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