New Barna research reports that Americans are ranking their confidence in institutions at abysmal levels. And this institutional skepticism comprises a significant backdrop for the major faith and culture trends of 2014.
The results of the study mirror observations made by Keynote Presentor, Skye Jethani, at WFX 2013 Link but highlight potentially dramatic changes in generational "trust".
So what does all of this mean for church leaders? New Barna research highlights a renewed urgency for spiritual substancenot the worship style, the dress code, or the programs, but the substance of what it means to participate in church. The research shows the top reason people (39%) choose a church is for its teaching. On the opposite end, it’s also the top reason they’d leave a church63% say they would leave if they disagree with the teachings.
Still, while tens of millions of adults are questioning the value of institutions, there is also a growing countertrend revealed in new Barna data: increasing resolve among many Americans to advocatefor these institutions. This erosion of public trustas well as the countertrend of supporters of those institutionsunderscores three of the major trends identified by the Barna research.
- The role of “church” generates both more skeptics and stronger apologists.
- Americans wrestle with a culture of violence.
- Trust in the public school system is failing.
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