Preachers who hold to a biblical worldview are in the minority, apparently.
"This is another strong piece of evidence that the culture is influencing the American church more than Christian churches are influencing the culture," Barna said of the survey results. "The research indicates that Americans are more likely to experience a positive impact on their worldview by hanging out with [spiritually active governance engaged conservative Christians] than they are by being in the presence or under the teaching of pastors."
For the most part, Barna explained, people largely form their perspectives on the world before they reach 13 years old, then go "through a period of refinement during their teens and twenties."
"From a worldview perspective, a church's most important ministers are the children's pastor and the youth pastor," he stated. "Discovering that seven out of every eight of those pastors lack a biblical worldview helps to explain why so few people in the nation's youngest generations are developing a heart and mind for biblical principles and ways of life, and why our society seems to have run wild over the last decade, in particular."
According to information provided to CBN's Faithwire, Barna's "American Worldview Inventory" (AWVI) is an annual survey developed in 2020 and conducted by the Cultural Research Center, surveying roughly 2,000 randomly chosen U.S. adults. The survey contains 54 "belief and behavior questions" that determine a "biblical worldview."
"The AWVI survey questions relate to eight different categories of life," states an explainer of the survey. "Those categories are faith practices; human character and nature; God, creation, history; purpose, calling; sin, salvation, God relationship; family and value of life; lifestyle, behavior, relationships; and Bible, truth, morals. The AWVI provides scores for each of those eight areas, as well as identifying one's dominant worldview."
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