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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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


Keep in step with God’s Word Psalm 97:10 – O you who love the Lord, hate evil! Are you called to be an activist?  Maybe you attend pro-life marches, or perhaps you advocate for foster children. Maybe you’ve involved yourself on one side of the other over support for law enforcement. Or you could be actively involved in the election challenges. Whatever you do, if you do these things, be sure you have covered yourself first with a clear understanding of God’s will for you and what His Word has to say. Proverbs 6:16-19 says, “There are six things that the Lord hates; seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” Proverbs 8:13 says, “The …
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Love them in to His Kingdom. Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. They were revolutionaries!  Not the military kind, nor the political kind…they were the Jesus kind! Following the resurrection of Jesus, and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, those few individuals would “turn the world upside down.” Within 300 years, churches had blossomed all over the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, as word of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was spread. They had taken to heart Jesus’ command to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). Many of them paid the highest price for following Jesus; but the witness of their martyrdom served to increase those who would be saved. Life moves forward and you …
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Through it All

When things are out of your control. Romans 8:31 – What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? You may be familiar with the Andre Crouch song, “Through it All,” where he says that despite tears, sorrows, questions, and confusion, he has been consoled knowing “my trials come to only make me strong.” Through it all, he writes, “I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve learned to trust in God… I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.” There can be no doubt that 2020 has brought hardships and fears into the lives of many, weighing even believers down as they seek ways to cope. When you process the many events of the year, look for the truths of God’s work, particularly His promises, to bring you through.  As you turn yourself toward Him, you can transcend the problems of this life, reminding yourself …
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God is Bigger

He has the power to cover any issue you may face. 1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. The colorful poster in the bookstore said, “Don’t tell God you have a big problem…tell your problem you have a big God.”  Cares, anxieties, concerns, worries, when you think about it, don’t they all seem like the product of your circumstances? And Heaven knows (yes it does!) that there have been some unusual circumstances at play this year. But the question for you is… who would you rather have watching over your circumstances—you or God? Who has the power to deal with them? It is easy to bring God down to your own level of thinking instead of lifting yourself up to thinking about His way of doing things. You should not be asking so much, “Why, God?” as to ask “What, God? What are you trying …
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Finding Hope

There is certainty in relationship. 1 John 1:3 – That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. In 2020, it sure seems that America is in the midst of a crisis. Many of the nation’s social, financial, and health systems appear on the brink of collapse.  People are pointing fingers this way and that and looking in anguish for someone to blame. Any sense of certainty has been overwhelmed or shaken. Everyone wants a way out of the current times of trouble. In the middle of these circumstances, hope for many Americans is more than just elusive—it has evaporated into thin air. God has a desire for people to come to Him. He wants peace and joy for you… He wants the very best!  His peace …
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Press Forward

Avoid getting stuck. Luke 19:10 – For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. In a recent radio and television program “Turning Point,” Dr. David Jeremiah said he does not believe that the election, the pandemic, or anything else should cause Christians to miss what God has for them or cause them to veer from their God-given purpose. “The world needs Jesus no matter who’s in the White House,” he reminded his listeners. Christians should not get stuck in the turmoil of 2020 but believe that God’s best for their life is still ahead of them. Dr. Jeremiah wants you to remember how powerful the presence of God is, which helps everyone fulfill their God-given dreams despite the crises America is currently facing. “If we stand firm in God, we can move forward,” he said.  “God never intended for us to get blown off course” by things like COVID, …
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God of Peace

Be quick to follow the Lord. 1 Corinthians 14:33 – For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. How do you get to the corner of Fifth Street and Oak in Indianapolis without the aid of GPS? For starters, you cannot possibly give meaningful directions unless you know the starting from. If you are at Elm and Sixth, it could be mere blocks away; but if you are in Seattle or Miami, your directions would include various interstates and state borders. With respect to our lives, few people have a clear idea of where they really are. Life doesn’t have clear road signs and there is no GPS to navigate the day-to-day issues you face. Yet God knows where He wants you to be and He has devised a clear map on how to get you there. Unfortunately, even when lost and disoriented, we are often quick to argue with the …
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Calm The Waters

In times of turbulence seas, God’s people are called to CALM THE WATERS. Are you called to be a peacemaker?
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Making Decisions

Find your direction in prayer and scripture. Psalm 32:8 – I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. How do you decide something? Do you flip a coin? How about consulting a fortune cookie? For any major life choices, these options likely sound ridiculous. Turning to God through prayer and the study of scripture is crucial for believers in times of uncertainty. Yet, for many of the decisions that you face in life, you will find no specific directive in the Word of God. Instead, you will find principles for your decision making. The Bible is God’s foundation for living. Alongside scripture, you can go to God prayer. Talking to Him and listening to His Word are musts for every Christian making tough life decisions. Your willingness to submit your intentions to His perfect will is key. It likely does …
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Plans For You

The plans of God may appear unknowable from the earthly point of view. Isaiah 40:28 – He does not faint or grow weary, his understanding is unsearchable. Among the adjectives applied to the characteristics of God is the word “unsearchable.”  He does unsearchable, marvelous things, His greatness is unsearchable, His understanding is unsearchable, His wisdom and knowledge are unsearchable, the riches of Christ are unsearchable, His grace is unsearchable. You can probably find more. This doesn’t mean they are unexamined, just that God is so infinite and the things that He does are so vast, they are beyond human comprehension. With all of that at His divine fingertips, it ought to be easy to trust Him completely. Consider the often-quoted verse in Jeremiah 29:11 that begins, “I know the plans I have for you…” It isn’t you who knows those plans. It’s God! The calling that God has placed on you from before the …
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Love Without Condition

Unconditional love comes without excuses. Deuteronomy 30:11 – For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. You have all heard them—and you’ve probably used a few. Excuses, that is. Things like, “It’s too hard,” or “I’ll get to it tomorrow.”  Children learn early how to give themselves excuses. Phrases like, “It really doesn’t matter,” are used to rationalize behavior. “It’s not my job,” is another excuse to deny responsibility. Most excuses tend to be rather illogical and often they don’t even align with your values or beliefs. They are just the path of least resistance at the moment. Jesus has given you two commandments: Love God and love others. You probably have no excuses to offer for the first part. If you are a Christ-follower, your love for God should be evident. But what about loving others? Jesus didn’t say to love the …
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God Is At Work

When you feel discontented and incomplete. 2 Corinthians 12:10 – For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. There are many accounts in Scripture of people who were entitled to be bitter because of their circumstances, but they made the choice not to be. Consider Joseph. He was hated, envied, betrayed, sold into slavery, falsely accused, and imprisoned. Or Paul. He was beaten with rods, stoned, received lashes, shipwrecked, threatened by robbers and his own people, suffered cold and exposure, went hungry, and was imprisoned in Rome. Yet, Joseph said that what others had meant for evil, God meant for good; furthermore, it wasn’t his brothers who sent him into Egypt, but God. And Paul said that he wasn’t ashamed of weaknesses he may have exhibited. For when Paul was weak, the power of Christ rested upon him …
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Joyous Prospects

How do you approach your personal time with the Lord? Is it like Christmas morning, a chore for the day — or somewhere in between? God delights in His time with us.
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Time for Thanksgiving

When you don’t feel thankful. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. In 1981, Rabbi Harold Kushner wrote When Bad Things Happen to Good People, in which he discussed the conundrum of why, if the universe was created and is governed by a God who is good and loving, there is still so much pain and suffering. He concluded that it remains the same problem that has existed on Earth almost since the beginning: there is good and there is evil. He stopped short of promoting the provisions that God has made for overcoming evil…faith in Jesus Christ and His redemptive work on the cross. If, for any reason, you are not feeling grateful today, if your struggles are weighing heavily on your heart making it difficult to appreciate your blessings, accept those feelings and show yourself the same …
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Eliminate Doubt

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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Be at Peace

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Finding Truth

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A Thanksgiving Environment

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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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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.

To find out how prayer reshaped American politics and redirected the nation’s future, and to learn how pray is once again at the center of this election season, visit

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