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  • 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 (5 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

  • Personal touch drives churchgoer giving, study shows

    by Bob Smietana, posted Wednesday, April 18, 2018 (6 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When it comes to charity, a personal touch works 10 times better than Facebook -- at least for churchgoers, according to a study released April 17.

    A new report from LifeWay Research found more than half of Protestant churchgoers say a personal connection inspired them to give money to a charity for the first time. The evangelical research firm conducted the survey this past Aug. 22–30.

    Social media such as Facebook inspired only 4 percent of similar donations.

    Three-quarters of churchgoers support at least one charity besides their church. According to the survey, nearly half do volunteer work, while a similar number have made changes to the charities they support. Read More

  • Church discipline focus of new survey

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, April 05, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- More than 8 in 10 Protestant senior pastors say their church has not disciplined a member in the past year, says a new study released today (April 5) by LifeWay Research.

    More than half say they don't know of a case when someone has been disciplined, which can include being asked to leave the church for misconduct, according to the study conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 18.

    "It's one of the topics that churches rarely talk about," said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. Read More

  • Diversity & churches: Progress being made, study says

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Protestant churches may be a little more diverse these days. And that's a good thing, their pastors say in a new study released today (March 20).

    Eighty-one percent of Protestant pastors say their congregation is predominantly made up of one racial or ethnic group. That's down from 86 percent four years ago, according to the study conducted this past Aug. 30-Sept. 18 by LifeWay Research.

    It's a small but significant step, said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, in a nation where Sunday mornings often remain segregated. Read More

  • Greeters and gifts: How churches welcome guests

    by Aaron Earls, posted Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- If the average pastor has anything to do with it, church guests can expect multiple greetings and may even leave with a gift, a new study released today (March 14) shows.

    A study from LifeWay Research, which was conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 18, asked 1,000 Protestant pastors what their churches do to welcome guests.

    "The Bible is full of verses on hospitality, so churches should be full of hospitality as well," said President and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources Thom S. Rainer. "Congregations should strive to create environments where guests are fully welcomed."

    According to the study, the average pastor says their church does six different things to welcome guests. Read More

  • Relationship between evangelicals and Jews studied

    by Bob Smietana, posted Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (7 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- American evangelicals are known for their support of the nation of Israel -- believing God promised that land to the Jewish people. But a new study shows they also have some more personal motivations.

    One in 3 has Jewish friends.

    And a few have Jewish ethnicity.

    Two percent of Americans with evangelical beliefs -- an estimated 871,000 adult Americans -- also have a Jewish parent or grandparent, according to a recent study by LifeWay Research, conducted Sept. 20-28. Read More

  • Study shows far-reaching impact of Billy Graham

    by LifeWay Research staff, posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (8 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- About 80 years after he began his ministry, Billy Graham continued to impact the faith of millions with nearly half of all Protestant churchgoers saying they have watched one of his sermons on television.

    "Billy Graham was one of the greatest evangelists the Christian faith has ever known," said LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom S. Rainer. "Throughout his life, it was obvious he wanted the focus to be not on himself but on one thing: the cross of Jesus Christ." Read More

  • Study: Churches on solid ground as economy rebounds

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (8 months 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

  • Adoption, foster care common in churches, study says

    by Bob Smietana, posted Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (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