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  • #MeToo, church awareness focus of study

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, September 18, 2018 (5 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In recent months, churches have been rocked by high-profile accusations of sexual misconduct among clergy.

    While the Catholic church's continued abuse scandal has dominated the headlines, Protestant churches have also seen high profile pastors accused of sexual misconduct.

    A new LifeWay Research study shows one in eight Protestant senior pastors say a church staff member has sexually harassed a member of the congregation at some point in the church's history. One in six pastors say a staff member has been harassed in a church setting. Read More

  • Young or old, many pastors lack a will, survey finds

    by Leigh Anne Bowick, posted Friday, August 31, 2018 (23 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Passport? Check. Airline ticket? Check. Hotel reservation? Check. After careful planning, you're ready for vacation!

    But have you taken more time preparing for a vacation than your estate plan?

    A new survey conducted by LifeWay Research for the Southern Baptist Foundation found more than half of Southern Baptist pastors, overall, do not have a will, trust, living will, electronic will, legacy story or durable power of attorney with health care directives. Read More

  • Pastor salaries not keeping pace with inflation

    by Carol Pipes, posted Thursday, August 30, 2018 (24 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist pastors and church staff has lagged behind the growth in the cost-of-living over the past two years. And health insurance coverage remains low, according to the 2018 SBC Church Compensation Study.

    The biannual study is a joint project of state Baptist conventions, GuideStone Financial Resources and LifeWay Christian Resources. Compensation and congregational data is collected anonymously from ministers and office/custodial personnel of Southern Baptist churches and church-type missions. Read More

  • Political divides in church focus of new study

    by Bob Smietana, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- America has become increasingly divided by politics in recent years. So have its Protestant churches, according to a study released Thursday (Aug. 23).

    More than half (57 percent) of Protestant churchgoers under 50 say they prefer to go to church with people who share their political views. And few adult Protestant churchgoers say they attend services with people of a different political persuasion.

    Those are among the findings in a new report on churchgoing and politics, conducted Aug. 22–30, 2017, by LifeWay Research.

    "Like many places in America, churches are divided by politics," said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. "And churchgoers under 50 seem to want it that way." Read More

  • Why Americans go to church -- and why they don't

    by Bob Smietana, posted Friday, August 03, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Americans who attend religious services and those who skip them may be looking for the same thing -- a connection with God, according to a new survey from Pew Research.

    The most common single reason for attending services is that people want to be close to God. And the most common single reason for skipping services is that people found some other way to practice their faith.

    Eighty-one percent of those who attend services at least once a month say becoming closer to God is a very important reason they attend services. Read More

  • Prosperity theology, path to 'good life' draw study

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- For some Americans, dropping a check into the offering plate at church may seem a bit like having a Discover Card. Both offer a cash-back bonus.

    About a third of Protestant churchgoers say their congregation teaches that God will bless them if they donate money. Two-thirds say God wants them to prosper. One in 4 say they have to do something for God to receive material blessings in return.

    Those are among the key findings of a new study on so-called "prosperity gospel" beliefs from a LifeWay Research study conducted Aug. 22–30, 2017. For the study, released today (July 31), LifeWay Research surveyed 1,010 Americans who attend a Protestant or non-denominational church at least once a month. Read More

  • Survey: 2/3 of churchgoers invited someone to church

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, July 12, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- America's Protestants like to invite their friends to church.

    At least once in a while.

    Nearly two-thirds of Protestant churchgoers say they've invited at least one person to visit their church in the past six months, according to a new LifeWay Research study.

    "It's a fairly easy thing for churchgoers to do," said Scott McConnell, ... Read More

  • Churches looking 'more like their neighborhoods'

    by Aaron Earls, posted Thursday, June 28, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- More American churches are multiracial, but still less so than the neighborhoods surrounding them, a new study shows.

    A Baylor University study, released June 20, found the percentage of multiracial congregations in the United States nearly doubled.

    From 1998 to 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, multiracial churches grew from 6 percent to 12 percent of all U.S. congregations, according to the report. Multiracial congregations are places of worship in which less than 80 percent of the congregants are of the same race or ethnicity. Read More

  • Churchgoers sticking around for theology, not music

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, June 26, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Most churchgoers will put up with a change in music style or a different preacher, according to a LifeWay Research study released today (June 26). But don't mess with a church's beliefs or there may be an exodus.

    The study of Protestant churchgoers found most are committed to staying at their church over the long haul. But more than half say they would strongly consider leaving if the church's beliefs changed, according to the study, which was conducted Aug. 22–30, 2017.

    Pastors often worry about changing church music and setting off a "worship war," said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. But few say they would leave over music. Read More

  • Survey: VBS remains popular among American parents

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, May 24, 2018 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Back in the 1890s, a pair of Sunday School teachers -- D.T. Miles of Hopedale, Ill., and Virginia Hawes of New York City -- both had the same idea.

    School kids were off for the summer.

    Why not invite them to church to study the Bible? And maybe sing a few songs and have some fun along the way?

    The idea was a hit. Read More