Most Christian parents worried about kids’ spiritual health: poll

From The Christian Post by Ryan Foley

An overwhelming majority of American parents are concerned about their children’s spiritual well-being, with concerns highest among practicing Christians, according to a poll released by Barna.

On Wednesday, Barna released the results of a survey that asked 513 parents of children younger than 18 about their level of concern regarding their children’s spiritual development and their children’s relationships with their peers.

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Conducted April 23 through May 5, 2021, the survey asked parents “how concerned are you about your child/children’s spiritual development?” A majority of respondents (73%) indicated that they were either “somewhat” or “very” concerned with their children’s spiritual development.

Conversely, only 27% of parents said they were “not very” or “not at all” concerned about their children’s spiritual development. The survey broke the respondents down into three categories: practicing Christian parents, Christian parents, and non-Christian parents. It classified “Christians who have attended a worship service within the past month and strongly agree their faith is important to their life” as practicing Christians.

A majority of practicing Christian parents (51%) reported feeling “very” concerned about their children’s spiritual development, followed by 33% who were “somewhat” concerned, 9% who were “not very” concerned and 7% who were “not at all” concerned. Similarly, 80% of Christian parents were either “very” or “somewhat” concerned about their children’s spiritual development, while only 20% were either “not very” or “not at all” worried.

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