A Barna Group survey indicates one in four people nationally can’t think of any positive contributions the Christian faith has made to American society in the last few years, but area clergy say those respondents must not have looked very hard.

“Hopefully, the Christian church and Christians in particular are the conscience of society by living a higher ethical and moral life that exemplifies what Jesus taught,” said the Rev. Gary Carver, pastor of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

He said the Christian church directly or indirectly is responsible for schools, homeless shelters, orphanages and other social services in the United States and a variety of relief work abroad.

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