Barna Group is a research firm dedicated to providing actionable insights on faith and culture, with a particular focus on the Christian church. In its 35-year history, Barna has conducted more than one million interviews in the course of hundreds of studies, and has become a go-to source for organizations that want to better understand a complex and changing world from a faith perspective.
Barna’s clients and partners include a broad range of academic institutions, churches, nonprofits and businesses, such as Alpha, the Templeton Foundation, Fuller Seminary, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Maclellan Foundation, DreamWorks Animation, Focus Features, Habitat for Humanity, The Navigators, NBC-Universal, the ONE Campaign, Paramount Pictures, the Salvation Army, Walden Media, Sony and World Vision. The firm’s studies are frequently quoted by major media outlets such as The Economist, BBC, CNN, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Huffington Post, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
Alpha’s mission is to equip and serve the Church in its mission to help people discover and develop a relationship with Jesus. For over 30 years, we’ve seen Alpha work as an effective, easy-to-use program across every major denomination, culture and context. Alpha is a 10-week course that creates space for people who might not call themselves Christians to ask questions, to explore life and the Christian faith. Alpha creates a friendly, judgment-free environment for people to hear the gospel and process through their doubts. More than a course, Alpha is an idea that creates a deep culture of hospitality, listening, prayer and invitation throughout a church.
Alpha USA comes alongside churches to train, support and provide effective resources for local leaders to run Alpha. In the United States, Alpha runs in over 6,000 churches and 480 prisons, with close to 350,000 participants hearing about the love of Jesus Christ in 2017.