Restoring Relationships

A Free Online Seminar

Relationships, Strong Connections, & Mental Health in the Church

The strain and pressure on people’s everyday relationships are mounting—and it’s not always clear where people can turn for help.

Barna, in partnership with the Boone Center for the Family and Pepperdine University, set out to understand the relational contours, experiences and pain points of relationships today–and where people turn, if anywhere, to find hope and healing. Join us for a free webcast to learn how the Church can restore its relevance in the realm of relationships.

To minister effectively to people in the midst of broken and challenging relationships, we need to be informed. The research report, Restoring Relationships: How Churches Can Help People Heal and Develop Healthy Connections, offers unique insights to equip leaders to engage these topics well:

  • Marital Issues
  • Unwanted Singleness
  • Parenting Issues
  • Struggles with Sexual Intimacy
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety / Depression
  • Pornography
  • Loneliness

Join for free!

This is free webcast event to share the new data and equip attendees to bring hope and healing, to become a Church that restores relationships.

Register here for the seminar on Sept 30 at 1pm Eastern for free.

Spirit Fire is hosting a separate, later discussion of how ideas from this seminar may be applied to healing from the ongoing wounds of abuse in the Church. See more information below. Your written comments will be welcomed too. We will compile the majority of ideas and offer to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.


What is Barna Group?

Barna Group is an interfaith research and resource company located in Ventura, California. Started in 1984, the firm is widely considered to be a leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture. Barna Group provides spiritual influencers with credible knowledge and clear thinking, enabling them to navigate a complex and changing culture.

In its 30-year history, Barna Group has conducted more than one million interviews over the course of hundreds of studies, and has become a go-to source for insights about faith and culture, leadership and vocation, and generations. Barna Group has carefully and strategically tracked the role of faith in America, developing one of the nation’s most comprehensive databases of spiritual indicators.

Barna Group has worked with thousands of business, nonprofit organizations and churches across the U.S. and around the world, including many protestant denominations, Catholic parishes, and faith leaders. Some of its notable clients have included the Salvation Army, World Vision, Compassion, the American Bible Society, and Habitat for Humanity. It has also served mainstream business and non-profit leaders at organizations like Sony, Walden Media, Easter Seals, CARE, the ONE Campaign, the Humane Society, the Gates Foundation, and NBC Universal.

The firm’s studies are frequently cited in sermons and talks, and its public opinion research is often quoted in major media outlets such as CNN, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, the New York Times, Dallas Morning News, and the Los Angeles Times.


Let’s Discuss What We Hear

The Spirit Fire online discussion of how the ideas from this seminar inform healing from ongoing wounds of abuse in the Church will be October 1, 2020, online at 7 pm Eastern.

We will make a concise summary of top points from this discussion available in The Healing Voices Magazine, which is read around the world and in most dioceses of the US. Through The Healing Voices, we will also make it available to bishops and the Pontifical Commission.

Register here.

Join us to share your reflections and hear others. Any subscriber to this newsletter is welcome. This registration is not the same as the Barna event. If you prefer, please send up to 500 words (summary, bulleted list is okay) of your thoughts, which will be included in our report.

Our summary will include as many ideas from the discussion as possible and, also, from written suggestions from both discussion attendees and any other subscribers. Written suggestions may NOT exceed 500 words. They may be bulleted lists or running text. They MUST be WORD format. If written summaries don’t fit the criteria or arrive with a virus, they will not be included. (We’re all volunteer here, and time is tight!)

Note: It is a second and separate event. Attendance is capped at 50. There is a waiting list option. Please attend the seminar or read the related book. Spirit Fire receives no financial or other material benefit from recommending this seminar or book.

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