It started with a study, and began with a vision
A Revealing Study
In 1989, Barna Research Group was hired to conduct a national study on the needs and struggles of graduate students. The results were stunning: grads were found to be leaders, focused, and high-achievers. However, they were also found to be isolated, stressed and skeptical about the relevance of spiritual issues in life.
They had little balance in life but they were thought-driven individuals who valued relationships and intellectual discussions. As a result of this study, we committed to linking Christian scholars to transformational Christian community groups where graduate students could prepare for their future calling, discuss the role of faith in their academic pursuits and work together to encourage meaningful dialog with peers.