George Barna, Family Research Council's (FRC) senior research fellow for the Center for Biblical Worldview, has found that only 41% of senior or lead pastors have a biblical worldview. Talking about this on the FRC's "Washington Watch" radio program, Barna called that the high watermark.
"When you look at all the different pastors and churches [and] you look at associate pastors, it's around 28%," he relays about those in ministry who hold a biblical worldview. "You look at teaching pastors, it's down to I think 13%. Children's and youth pastors, 12%; executive pastors, 4%."
Barna says the pastors and teachers who lack a biblical worldview likely see the Bible as nothing more than a helpful guidebook.
"They would not say … it contains absolute moral truth; it contains truth principles for life," he submits. "They would say it contains great ideas that over the course of time have been revered by many people, but it's not authoritative; it's not necessarily true. It's something to consider."
Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council and host of "Washington Watch," thinks senior pastors and parents should take note.
"If I were a senior pastor … that would be an area that I would immediately begin to focus on: Children's pastors and equipping parents," Perkins decides. "Parents are key in this of instilling that biblical worldview and building it in their children."
Watch video of George Barna further explaining his survey's findings