In December of 2007 the Barna Group did a nationwide telephone survey among a random sample of 1,005 adults living within the 48 continental states. The poll pointed out that most Americans are very open-minded (maybe confused… you be the judge) about what the church is. When asked which of the following experiences represented “a complete and biblically valid way for someone to experience and express their faith in God,”…

  • 89% stated that engaging in faith activities at home with family was valid and complete
  • 75% said participating in a house church (or simple church according to your terminology) was the real deal.
  • 68% announced that attending a special ministry event, such as a concert or community service activity was valid
  • 54% declared that participating in a ministry that meets at a place of employment was “a complete and biblically valid way for someone to experience and express faith in God.”

How might this information reshape the role of the small group pastor?

The statistics were taken from The Rabbit and the Elephant by Tony and Felicity Dale, George Barna