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Study: Churches on solid ground as economy reboundsNASHVILLE (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
Adoption, foster care common in churches, study saysNASHVILLE (BP) -- The Bible has a lot to say about caring for orphans. Protestant churches in the United States appear to be listening.
About 4 in 10 Protestant churchgoers say their congregation has been involved with adoption or foster care in the past year, according to a study released today (Jan. 24) by LifeWay Research, which conducted the survey Aug. 22–30.
The church's involvement on this issue may be because the Bible tells them to, said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. Read More
Most churches offer Wi-Fi but skip Twitter, study saysNASHVILLE (BP) -- Going to church for some can be a bit like hanging out at Starbucks. The coffee's hot, the people are friendly, and the Wi-Fi is almost always free.
Seven in 10 Protestant churches (68 percent) provide Wi-Fi for both guests and staff, according to a survey of Protestant senior pastors that LifeWay Research released today (Jan. 9).
Most also have a website (84 percent) and a Facebook page (84 percent).
But few have ventured on Twitter (16 percent). Read More
Survey: Evangelical label, beliefs often at oddsNASHVILLE (BP) -- About one in four Americans say they are evangelical Christians. Most of them are white, live in the South and identify as Republican. Many go to church every week.
But they're not always sure what they believe.
Fewer than half of those who identify as evangelicals (45 percent) strongly agree with core evangelical beliefs, according to a survey by LifeWay Research released Dec. 5. Read More
Support of Israel wanes among younger evangelicalsNASHVILLE (BP) -- Older American evangelicals love Israel, but many younger evangelicals simply don't care, according to a new survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.
Three-quarters (77 percent) of evangelicals 65 and older say they support the existence, security and prosperity of Israel. That drops to 58 percent among younger evangelicals, those 18 to 34.
Four in 10 younger evangelicals (41 percent) have no strong views about Israel. Read More
Survey: Billy Graham continues far-reaching legacyNASHVILLE (BP) -- In the fall of 1949, a little-known Baptist preacher launched a series of revival meetings at a "canvas cathedral" in Los Angeles at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Hill Street.
The meetings were supposed to last three weeks. Instead they continued for eight weeks, drawing more than 300,000 people and making Billy Graham a household name.
Nearly 70 years later, the 99-year-old Graham remains one of the best-known preachers in America, according to a survey by Nashville-based LifeWay Research. Read More
Study: Young Bible readers more likely to be faithful adultsNASHVILLE (BP) -- Most churchgoing Protestant parents of young adults say their kids grew up to be Christians.
But half of them don't actually practice the Christian faith, their parents say, according to a LifeWay Research survey released today (Oct. 17). And the biggest factor predicting their spiritual health as young adults is whether they read the Bible regularly as kids.
Those are among the findings of the study, which was conducted Sept. 22-Oct. 5, 2016, among Protestant churchgoers about parenting and spirituality. The survey was sponsored by LifeWay Kids for use in the book "Nothing Less: Engaging Kids in a Lifetime of Faith," which was released Oct. 2. Read More
Study: Congress should end IRS oversight of sermonsNASHVILLE (BP) -- In the 1950s, Congress banned charitable nonprofits--including churches -- from endorsing candidates or otherwise intervening in elections. Any nonprofit that violated the ban could run afoul of the IRS. Churches risked losing their tax-exempt status if the preacher endorsed a candidate in a sermon.
It's time for that to change, most Protestant pastors say in a new survey from LifeWay Research released today (Oct. 16).
More than 7 in 10 say Congress should bar the IRS from punishing a church for sermon content. And 9 in 10 say their sermons should be free from government oversight. Read More
Suicide: Church response to tough topic studiedNASHVILLE (BP) -- Suicide remains a taboo subject in many Protestant churches, despite the best efforts of pastors, according to a new study.
Eight in 10 Protestant senior pastors believe their church is equipped to intervene with someone who is threatening suicide, according to a study released Sept. 29 from LifeWay Research. Yet few people turn to the church for help before taking their own lives, according to their churchgoing friends and family.
Only 4 percent of churchgoers who have lost a close friend or family member to suicide say church leaders were aware of their loved one's struggles. Read More
Study: Pastors' spouses experience mixed blessingsNASHVILLE (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