Vital Signs

vital signs national faith and values study

Why Vital Signs?

Survey of the Nation’s Faith and Values

The Presidential Prayer Team in conjunction with George Barna recently participated in two nationwide studies to take what we call the “temperature” of Americans when it comes to matters of faith, prayer, and matters that confront our nation.

An Outward Look: The first survey included people from the broad spectrum of Americana—people like your neighbors, with varied backgrounds and demographics. In particular, the outward study examined the beliefs and practices of those who may not identify as Christian and are outside of the prayer team. The results gave a portrait of the nation as a whole.

As we endeavor to reach more Americans on matters of God and faith and with the knowledge of Jesus Christ and the power of prayer, the results of the “outward” study will guide us in any program development to meet that objective.

The Inward Look: The second study was more tightly directed toward members of The Presidential Prayer Team. The majority have a heartbeat that is sensitive toward the things of God, and many have a familiarity with the Bible. As such, what matters to them, while sometimes the same, can also have a wide variable on issues of morality or perceived biblical principles.

The Results

The Vital Signs:  In the largest study of its kind, The Vital Signs survey thousands of Americans to determine the faith, values, and concerns that matter most to our nation. Through the study, we’ve created an in depth and  comprehensive look into each of the top Vital Signs. In a random order of importance, the Vital Signs are as follows:

We’ve combed through the issues and compiled 13 comprehensive Vital Signs that will be examined in the coming months. These are presented in a random order of importance. The Vital Signs are as follows:

Release Schedule

  • July 7 – Law and Order
  • July 14 – National Defense
  • July 21 – News Media and Bias
  • July 28 – Religious Freedom
  • August 4 – Economic Security
  • August 11 – Entitlement Programs
  • August 18 – Government Spending
  • August 25 – Election Integrity
  • September 1 – Immigration
  • September 8 – Abortion
  • September 15 – Healthcare
  • September 22 – Marriage and Family
  • September 29 – National Leadership
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Latest VITAL Signs

Vital Signs National Leadership

National Leadership

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest…
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Vital Signs Marriage and Family

Marriage and Family

When God is taken out of the equation of marriage and family, humans are left to their own devices. Culture and society then decide what…
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Vital Signs Healthcare


Policy effects people. 68% of registered voters say health care is a top issue influencing their vote. Highly publicized aspects keep health care in the…
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vital signs abortion


Since being legalized in the United States in 1973, there have been approximately 62 million unborn children killed in the womb.
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Vital Signs Immigration

Immigration Policies

In little more than a decade, immigration will change the nation’s population size, race-ethnic make-up, its age structure, and its future.
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Election Integrity

How can the quarreling colonists be brought under a unified government? The question is as appropriate now as it was in 1787 at the Constitutional…
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Vital Signs Government Spending

Government Spending

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by sword. The other is by debt.” –John Adams, the 2nd president of…
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Entitlement Programs

“All faith traditions follow a similar directive to honor father and mother and to care for widows and orphans. Social Security is a modern-day manifestation…
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vital signs economic security

Economic Security

“Sound macroeconomic policies enhance the credibility of the government and strengthen the political institutions. This credibility is vital for economic stability”
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Vital Sign Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

History teaches that any restriction, prejudice, or persecution toward religious groups, if not contained, will quickly spread.
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Vital Signs News Bias

News Media And Bias

Even when ethical standards of truth and accuracy are employed, modern journalism still easily strays from objectivity. Spin has crept into news media.
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Vital Signs National Defense

National Defense

President Ronald Reagan warned in farewell address, “I’m warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the…
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Vital Signs Law and Order

Law and Order

What we are seeing in America is mob rule because some elected leaders capitulate to a mob. Until citizens hold them accountable at the ballot…
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PRESS RELEASE: Prayer and Politics

Is discussing religion and politics at a neighborhood barbeque bad form? A new study suggests mixing prayer and politics is more common and productive than you might think.
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PRESS RELEASE: America and the Bible

America’s general public is uncertain about how to integrate the Bible into their lives – or even if they should. In fact, many question the role of the Bible in daily life.
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PRESS RELEASE: Being Christian

What does it mean to be a Christian in America these days? To answer this question, The Presidential Prayer Team conducted the Vital Signs Study to find out.
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Praying During an Election Year

A Thanksgiving Environment

Why are people so ready to believe falsehoods—and to repeat them? Psychologists suggest a lot can be explained about the mental shortcuts people take.
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The Farewell Address given by President George Washington 225 years ago, showed his deep concern for the unity of the then-infant nation.
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Interceding for a Nation

Many years ago, the late Billy Graham said, “If we fail to solve this moral and spiritual crisis, we may be doomed like the great nations of the past.”
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Embrace Justice

God wants you to promote justice. But in the Bible, when you encounter “justice,” you find it tied to righteousness, kindness, and humility.
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Established Purpose

Choices have consequences. That is as true for the child caught with his hand in the cookie jar as it is for the voting public in the time of elections.
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“In order to realize the worth of the anchor, we need to feel the stress of the storm.” Is America weathering the storms without God?
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Joy’s Sand Traps

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.” How do you respond to life’s “sand traps?”
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God desires that you keep your spiritual momentum moving and will prompt you when you are slowing down, so that you might be revitalized and reconnect with Him. Do you feel that prompt today?
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Avoid Self-Righteousness

The cure is humility. Luke 14:11 – For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. There are subtleties behind some…
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Weak faith? Strong Christ! 1 Peter 5:10 – After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory…
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True Freedom

You have already been set free! 2 Peter 2:19 – They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that…
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Just an Opinion

Can you discern facts from opinion? Romans 14:1 – As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. Issues or…
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No Darkness at All

Walk in the light as He is in the light. John 12:46 – I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may…
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Too Many Voices

Do you sometimes feel like you’ve been placed in the spin cycle of your washing machine? Things are whirling about in vicious cycles, and you wonder what is going on and when will it end.
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Faith Under Pressure

Do you sometimes feel like you’ve been placed in the spin cycle of your washing machine? Things are whirling about in vicious cycles, and you wonder what is going on and when will it end.
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Final Authority

There is no authority except from God Romans 13:1 – Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and…
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Letting Go of Worry

God, as it says in today’s verse, has ordained the governing authorities, and by respecting…not resisting…them and giving them honor, you should respect and honor to God.
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Be Malleable

God, as it says in today’s verse, has ordained the governing authorities, and by respecting…not resisting…them and giving them honor, you should respect and honor to God.
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Beacon of Hope

“The enemy’s number one tactic is to get the Church to focus on anything other than the mission of Jesus”
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Just Watch

God often does His best transformational work in the darkest time. Imagine being asked by God to meet an enemy on the battlefield but just stand there awaiting His victory.
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A Nation in Need

Is America divided because the nation has turned its back on God? Is the current uncertainty a test of America’s faith and patience in order to bring restoration?…
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Be Still as America Waits

America is waiting the outcome of the 2020 election. Being still is foreign to most of us. There’s so much going on that can pile into our lives…
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Your Work Is Just Starting

This is not mission impossible! Romans 13:12 – The night is far gone, the day is at hand. So let us cast off the works of darkness and…
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Rubber Bands

Are you being stretched? 1 Peter 5:10 – After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory…
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Staying Positive

Power up! 1 Corinthians 12:9 – Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. The…
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Riots or Revival

Is your heart open to restoration? 2 Corinthians 6:4-5 – But as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities,…
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George Barna

George Barna is a professor at Arizona Christian University and leads the Cultural Research Center based at the university. His focus at ACU is worldview assessment and development, and cultural transformation.

He was the founder and leader of The Barna Group (which he sold in 2009) and the American Culture and Faith Institute (through 2018). He has been the President of Metaformation, a research and communications company, since 2009. Barna has conducted groundbreaking research on worldview, cultural transformation, ministry applications, spiritual development, and politics. He has provided research and strategy for several hundred parachurch ministries, thousands of Christian churches, the U.S. military, and numerous non-profit and for-profit organizations, and has provided polling and strategy input for four presidential candidates.

Besides his current role at Arizona Christian University, he previously taught at several universities and seminaries, and was the teaching pastor of a large, multi-ethnic church.

Barna has written or co-authored more than 50 books, mostly addressing cultural and religious trends, leadership, spiritual development, church dynamics, and cultural transformation. They include New York Times bestsellers and several award-winning books.

After graduating summa cum laude from Boston College, Barna earned two Master’s degrees from Rutgers University and received a doctorate from Dallas Baptist University.

Married to Nancy since 1978, they have three adopted daughters and three grandchildren, and live on the central California coast.

Following the 2016 presidential election, George Barna wrote a book titled The Day Christians Changed America.

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