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  • Study: Pastors' spouses experience mixed blessings

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017 (14 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Being married to a pastor means a life filled with joy, purpose and a lot of headaches, according to a new study released today (Sept. 12).

    Most pastors' spouses feel a call to ministry and enjoy their roles inside and outside their church, notes the LifeWay Research study about the lives of Protestant pastors' spouses. But many also have few friends, think they yell at their kids too much, and worry about money. Read More

  • Study: With evangelism, small things matter

    by Bob Smietana, posted Monday, August 28, 2017 (29 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Small churches can make a difference by sticking to the basics, according to a study released today (Aug. 28). The study identifies at least 13 effective ways small churches can attract and retain more new converts, including many practices churches have used for years. Read More

  • Survey spotlights American views on sin

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- According to a study released today (Aug. 15), two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) say they are sinners. And most people apparently aren't too happy about it -- only 5 percent say they have no desire to mend their ways.

    As America becomes more secular, the idea of sin still rings true, said Scott McConnell, executive director of Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

    "Almost nobody wants to be a sinner," he said. Read More

  • Study: the church, money & embezzlement

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, August 03, 2017 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- With churches and other faith groups collecting tens of billions of donations each year, some of the money unfortunately goes missing.

    About 1 in 10 Protestant churches has had someone embezzle funds, according to a survey released today (Aug. 3) of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors from LifeWay Research. The group conducted the survey Aug. 22–Sept. 16, 2016.

    That figure isn't surprising, said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. Most churches rely on volunteers to handle their finances, he said. Read More

  • Survey: Good deeds by Christians often go unseen

    by Bob Smietana, posted Friday, July 21, 2017 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Many Americans are unaware of various efforts by local Christians or churches to serve their neighbors, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

    In a survey of 1,000 Americans, LifeWay Research looked at 13 service programs conducted by churches -- from tutoring kids to teaching job skills. They asked Americans if they'd heard of churches or church members being involved in those activities in the past six months.

    Six in 10 say they know churches feed the hungry. Half say they know churches give clothing to the poor. Read More

  • Attracting unchurched grows small churches, study says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 28, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    WHEATON, Ill. (BP) -- Attracting and keeping people considered unchurched is rated as the top predictor of growth through new professions of faith at small churches, according to a new study encompassing 12 Christian denominations including Southern Baptists.

    "These churches are places of invitation, welcome and involvement for the unchurched," the study's authors said. "So, the unchurched stick around in greater numbers. And they come to Christ and get committed to the church in greater numbers." Read More

  • Americans' views on sex, religion studied

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, June 27, 2017 (3 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- From cohabitation and same-sex marriage to birth control and bathrooms, Americans can't seem to agree about what is right and wrong regarding sex. Their views are often rooted in faith, according to a study released today (June 27).

    Those disputes can end up in court, in highly divisive and controversial cases. This week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. Read More

  • Study spotlights Hispanic Christians' views on Israel

    by Bob Smietana, posted Friday, June 23, 2017 (3 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) – Hispanic Christians -- evangelicals, mainline Protestants and Catholics -- are more likely to say the nation of Israel has the right to exist than the average American, a new study released Thursday (June 22) shows.

    They worry about the fate of Christians in the Palestinian territories and sympathize with both Palestinians and Israelis.

    But the Bible, most say, has little to do with how they see Israel. Read More

  • American views of shame, guilt studied

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Many Americans are more worried about their reputation than their conscience, a new study released today (May 23) shows.

    They worry less about guilt and fear and more about avoiding shame, according to the study from LifeWay Research that was conducted Sept. 27–Oct. 1, 2016.

    Shame has become particularly powerful in American culture in the internet age, said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. A single mistake ... Read More

  • ANALYSIS: Trump order unlikely to alter sermonizing

    by Scott McConnell, posted Friday, May 05, 2017 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Faith and politics have a complicated relationship in the United States.

    Many Americans want religious leaders to be clear about their values and how those values impact every aspect of life, including politics. And they want churches to be free to practice their faith, which includes discussing politics without any government intervention.

    But few want their preacher's advice on which candidate to vote for. Read More