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  • Study: Churches on solid ground as economy rebounds

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (12 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Church collection plates were a little bit fuller last fall, according to a new study released today (Feb. 8) by LifeWay Research.

    About 40 percent of Protestant pastors say their churches received more offerings in 2017 than in 2016. Three-quarters say their church met or exceeded budget. And only about a third say the economy gave their church trouble.

    Those are among the findings of a report from LifeWay Research, based on a survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors that was conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 18, ... Read More

  • Budget shortfalls hamper 3 in 10 churches surveyed

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, March 10, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When it comes to finances, the new normal for many American churches seems to be "just getting by."

    A third of Protestant senior pastors say their church's giving was under budget in 2015, according to LifeWay Research.

    One in five saw their finances decline. Read More

  • Protestant churches show economic improvement

    by Jim Burton, posted Tuesday, November 04, 2014 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The nation's slow economic recovery from a deep recession is showing up in the offering plates of Protestant churches in the U.S., according to a recent survey by LifeWay Research. Read More