A Response to Barna’s Study, Where Do We Go From Here?


How History Can Help Us Examine Ourselves

by Wayne Stapleton
NAB VP of Cross-Cultural Engagement

We who represent Jesus Christ often pray for His influence in our nation. But in light of that desire, it seems fair to ask if the church of Jesus Christ has any role to play in healing the legacy of national trauma brought on by slavery. Surely the influence of Jesus Christ is a necessary healing force for all trauma, including the trauma of racial oppression and what it has done to our culture.

In 2018, the Barna Group asked over 1,500 practicing Christian adults, including 600 Protestant pastors, just that question. The results were recently published in a document called Where Do We Go from Here? As the title would indicate, the document presents even more questions than answers. The stated intention of the survey was to “primarily reflect on the impact of the enslavement of Black people in the United States and the attitudes of the church.”

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Church Planter of the Week

David Ibarra, Field Coordinator for Hispanics for Christ in Rafaela, Argentina. David has spent roughly twenty years planting churches across central and northern Argentina. Pray for David’s ministry with Hispanics for Christ, training pastors and planting new churches, even as he continues to serve as pastor of Iglesia Jesucristo Mi Esperanza. Ask God to give David great strength and wisdom as he helps the church reach those in Argentina for Jesus Christ. Pray as well for Iglesia Jesucristo Mi Esperanza as they seek to engage their community. For more information, visit the Hispanics for Christ website at www.hispanicsforchrist.org.

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