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Below you will find a collection of topics provided by Barna Group's research, which have been divided into two categories: 

Pastoral Strengths and Pastoral Challenges.

Each topic has been paired with a specific Recommendation and Resource, to support and care for you!

RESEARCH TOPICS

SATISFACTION
We can celebrate that 97% of U.S. Pastors report being "very" or "somewhat" satisfied in their pastoral vocation.

Recommendation

Pastors, maintain or even increase your satisfaction through exploring the Concentric Circles of Pastor Care. Focus on loving the Lord, then your spouse and family, then your ministry and mission.
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Resource

Engage your elders, deacons, or church leadership team in supporting your satisfaction! You need advocates who champion you and your family's health through strategies like 50 Ways to Bless Your Pastor.
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FRUSTRATION
Nearly a third, 27%, of U.S. Pastors report lack of spiritual maturity among church goers as one of their top frustrations.

Recommendation

Engage your church in an age-stage model for developing Spirit-Empowered disciples who Love the Lord, Live His Word, Love People, and Live His Mission.
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Resource

Start your members on the journey of Love the Lord, through a church-wide or small group series focused on 5 Assumptions About God.
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PARTNERING WITH OTHER CHURCHES
A majority of US Churches (67%) partner often and at least annually with other churches in the Community regardless of denomination.

Recommendation

Each May there is a National Day of Prayer.  Pastors, engage your church in this National Prayer initiative involving thousands of local gatherings with millions participating across our Country.
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Resource

Pastors, prepare your Prayer Ministry Team, other Ministry Leaders  and  intercessors, to support the National Day of Prayer thru a Cry Out to the Lord small group study.
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AFFECTS OF MINISTRY ON YOUR MARRIAGE
Even as Marriage is a powerful gospel witness, 30 % of Pastors surveyed could not describe their Marriage satisfaction as “excellent" and almost half (47%) of Pastors indicated that Ministry has been difficult on their family.

Recommendation

Download these “Date Night Menus" for suggestions on how to deepen the communication in your marriage for a more intimate relationship. Try these out over dinner!
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Resource

Pastors, plan a getaway weekend with your Spouse!   The Christian Hospitality Network includes 700 plus Christian owned Bed&Breakfast Inns. They provide  discounted rates for Pastor/Missionary getaways.
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ENJOYMENT
66% of US Pastors indicate that Preaching / Teaching are what they most enjoy and it’s no doubt that our world needs more of the declaration of His truth.

Recommendation

Gifted Sermons and supportive materials to engage Jesus followers in a Prayer- Care- Share lifestyle are available FOR FREE!
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Resource

The Jesus Now Awakening Resource Kit from Dr. Tom Phillips of the Billy Graham Library seeks to engage followers in the Jesus legacy of “going about doing good".
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ADDICTIONS
When surveyed about struggles, 20% of US Pastors indicated they had struggled with addiction and most of those indicated it was the challenge of pornography.

Recommendation

Download these “Set Free" sermons for FREE. They were written with the intent to provide help and hope to the bondage of addiction
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Resource

From the Set Free National Conference, noted Author and Speaker Josh McDowell is providing video encouragement for freedom from addiction: for a series of FREE videos Text, “set free” to 33733.
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BIBLE READING
In questions related to Spiritual Health, 71% of Pastors nationally indicated that “reading the Bible for personal devotions," was an essential discipline.

Recommendation

Download the GCN app to engage the Reboot Spiritual Life program of Scripture meditations for Personal growth in Spirit-Empowered Faith.
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Resource

The Experiential Gospel of John resource collection provides 21 week’s of devotional readings from the Passion Bible translation with daily focus on Encountering Jesus , Experiencing Scripture and Engaging Community.
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MENTAL & EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Only 39% of Pastors surveyed indicated their mental & emotional health was “excellent”.

Recommendation

Focus on the Family provides a free Pastor Care line for Pastors and their spouses to engage a professional counselor.  IT’S NOT GOOD TO BE ALONE!
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Resource

Growth as a Spirit-Empowered Disciple positively impacts our mental/emotional health as we experience added clarity and intentionality to Christ being formed in us!
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REACHING UNCHURCHED
62% of U.S. Pastors assess their church as "very" or "somewhat" effective at reaching the unchurched.

Recommendation

Global Outreach Day is the last Saturday of May each year. Check out their website for great stories and more, or click below for information on how to get involved.
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Resource

Plan a visit to the Billy Graham Library Journey of Faith in Charlotte, NC, to recapture a fresh vision for evangelism.
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FRIENDS
Only 35% of U.S. Pastors describe their satisfaction with present friendships as excellent! 

Recommendation

Consider vulnerably asking someone to advocate for you. Pick up your free copy of Lift and give it to them!
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Resource

Use the 31 Days of Payer for My Pastor kit to start a small group and gain a support group who is praying for you consistently.
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DISCIPLESHIP
Interestingly, 86% of U.S. Pastors assess their church as "very" or "somewhat" when it comes to actually discipling followers of Jesus.

Recommendation

Download these 12 Sermon Series Outlines free in support of your efforts in growing Spirit Empowered Disciples in your church community.
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Resource

Growth as a Spirit-Empowered Disciple positively impacts our mental/emotional health as we experience added clarity and intentionality to Christ being formed in us!
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MARITAL PROBLEMS
Almost a quarter, 26%, of U.S. Pastors surveyed indicated significant marital problems during their ministry. 

Recommendation

Download the free chapter of 31 Days of Prayer for Your Husband and /or 31 Days of Prayer for Your Wife  and use the guided prayer time to pray for your spouse.
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Resource

Use the 31 Days of Payer for My Wife kit to start a small group.
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RECEIVING SPIRITUAL SUPPORT
69% of U.S. pastors surveyed received regular spiritual support from peers or a mentor.

Recommendation

Watch this interview with the authors of "Lift Your Pastor" to catch a vision for Pastor Advocates.
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Resource

Consider vulnerably asking someone to advocate for you. Pick up your free copy of Lift and give it to them!
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ENJOYING DISCIPLING
When surveyed about their most enjoyable aspects of ministry, “making disciples” was mentioned by only 7% of pastors.

Recommendation

Take the Spirit-Empowered Faith self assessment! Then engage others to intentionally strengthen their Loving the Lord, Living His Word, Loving People, and Living His Mission.
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Resource

Use the "Experiential Gospel of John" kit to breath some excitement and joy back into disciple-making.
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QUALITY OF LIFE
Almost half (49%) of pastors indicated they were satisfied with their overall quality of life.

Recommendation

Download the Relational Needs Inventory to better understand which “one anothers” of scripture bring you the most joy.
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Resource

In this resource, you’ll learn about what Relational Needs are. You’ll learn how God has met these needs for each of us and then discover the rich potential of relationships when we meet these same needs in the lives of one another.
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HUMILITY
Only 40% of pastors surveyed indicated willingness to change their mind, once it’s made up about an important topic.

Recommendation

Humility is grounded in a secure identity of who you are. Download a free chapter of "Relational Foundations: Seeing people as God sees them".
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Resource

Humility is hindered by distorted views of God. Order the "5 Assumptions about God" resource kit today and discover God's heart for us all! Think about using this as a small group study. 
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MINISTRY SATISFACTION
A majority of pastors (53%) report being very satisfied at their current church.

Recommendation

Each October is Pastor Appreciation Month. As awkward as it might feel, download this certificate and make it available to your congregation.
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Resource

Consider vulnerably asking someone to advocate for you. Pick up your free copy of Lift and give it to them!
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PRAYER FOR PASTORS
While 80% of pastors work with a team of elders or similar body, only 1/3 of those experience frequent prayer together with that team.

Recommendation

Begin a pastor prayer team. Start with just seven people who are committed to praying for their pastor and family. Each one should take a day so your whole week is covered!
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Resource

Use the 31 Days of Payer for My Pastor kit to start a small group and gain a support group who is praying for you consistently.
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LEADERSHIP
Almost ¾ of pastors surveyed (72%) have felt motivated in the last three months to “be a better leader”.

Recommendation

Lead your church in “growing younger” – reaching more young families and millennials; click below to find the research done by Fuller Institute on "Growing Young".
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Resource

"Relational Leadership" focuses on the leadership style of Jesus, who led through caring, connected relationships rather than positional power and formal influence.
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MOTIVATION
Only about half of pastors surveyed (59%) felt energized by their ministry work over the last 3 months.

Recommendation

Download the GCN app to engage the Reboot Spiritual Life program of Scripture meditations for Personal growth in Spirit-Empowered Faith.
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Resource

Motivation is increased when we revisit experiencing relevance in life and ministry.
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SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES
Almost ¾ of pastors surveyed (72%) engage daily in a spiritual growth discipline.

Recommendation

Download the GCN app to engage the Reboot Spiritual Life program of Scripture meditations for Personal growth in Spirit-Empowered Faith.
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Resource

Begin the daily discipline of having a "Conversation With God". It is our hope that this book will bring a dramatic awakening of your spiritual life through fervent, effectual, and persistent prayer.  
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Having TRUE Friends
Only 34% of pastors surveyed indicate “excellent” when asked how satisfied they are with having true friends.

Recommendation

Consider vulnerably asking someone to advocate for you. Pick up your free copy of Lift and give it to them!
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Resource

Be sure your spouse is your best friend.
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In its 30-year history, Barna Group has conducted more than one million interviews over the course of hundreds of studies, and has become a go-to source for insights about faith, culture, leadership, vocation, and generations.

Barna Group has carefully and strategically tracked the role of faith in America, developing one of the nation’s most comprehensive databases, of spiritual indicators.