In recent research, pollster, George Barna has discovered Four Obstacles to Spiritual Depth in American Christianity.
1. Commitment: Although American Christians say they have made some kind of personal commitment to Christ, their lives do not reflect this priority.
2. Repentance: Although they have repented of their sins and asked forgiveness, they continue in the same pattern.
3. Activity: Although busy with many activities, they do not engage in such spiritual growth practices as sharing their faith, fasting, solitude, extended time for prayer and medition.
4. Spiritual Community: Although they generally find comfort and connection at church, they do not share at a level of vulnurability and accountability.