Barna Study Shows Nearly Three-Quarters of Pastors Are Concerned Presidential Election Will Negatively Impact Churches

People arrive to cast their ballot for 2016 elections at a polling station as early voting begins in North Carolina, in Carrboro, North Carolina, U.S., October 20, 2016. | Reuters/Jonathan Drake
People arrive to cast their ballot for 2016 elections at a polling station as early voting begins in North Carolina, in Carrboro, North Carolina, U.S., October 20, 2016. | Reuters/Jonathan Drake

Nearly three of four pastors are concerned that the presidential election and its fallout will negatively impact their congregations, according to a newly reported study by the Barna Group.

Barna recently released the findings of week 18 of their Church Pulse leader survey, which drew from a poll of 475 Protestant pastors taken Sept. 24-28.

Since each week has a different total of respondents, the margin of error varies week to week, being between 4.77% to 7.65% depending on the sample taken.

When asked by Barna about how concerned they were that the election will impact their church, 33% of respondents said they were “very concerned,” while 41% said “somewhat concerned.”

While 74% of respondents expressed a level of concern that the election will impact their congregation, 26% responded that they were “not concerned.”

Despite the concern about an impact, the surveyed pastors indicated confidence on handling the divisiveness of the political campaign season at their respective churches.

When asked if the election will divide their congregation, 65% disagreed with the idea; 25% said they “somewhat agree” that it will and 10% said they “strongly agree” that it will.

Furthermore, when asked if they are prepared to lead their churches through the election season, 87% said they either “strongly agree” or “somewhat agree” that they were prepared.

The weekly Church Pulse survey began back in March, centered on tracking trends among Protestant churches in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Source: Christian Post