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  • Study: Congress should end IRS oversight of sermons

    by Bob Smietana, posted Monday, October 16, 2017 (14 hours ago)

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    NASHVILLE (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). Read More

  • Social-media coaching now available from LifeWay

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Monday, October 09, 2017 (7 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources recently launched an online coaching service to help Christians manage social media and other digital platforms from a biblical perspective.

    This subscription-based service, known as LifeWay Social, is designed for churches, nonprofits and individuals who want to discover more effective ways of using social media to grow God's kingdom. Registration opens Oct. 23.

    Chris Martin, author development specialist for LifeWay, sees social media as ... Read More

  • Suicide: Church response to tough topic studied

    by Bob Smietana, posted Monday, October 02, 2017 (14 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (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

  • LifeWay, Gaines partner to create prayer resource

    by Joy Allmond, posted Wednesday, September 13, 2017 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources has partnered with Southern Baptist Convention president Steve Gaines to create a six-session Bible study, Pray Like This: Living the Lord's Prayer, scheduled for release Oct. 1.

    This Bible study is designed to bring a deep understanding of the text, theology and application of the Lord's Prayer. It is a follow-up to the SBC's 2017 annual meeting, themed "Pray! For Such a Time as This."

    "Nothing is more vital to the advancement of the Gospel than rallying God's people to pray," said Gaines, who served as general editor of the study. "Prayer changes everything. ... Read More

  • Study: Pastors' spouses experience mixed blessings

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017 (one month 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

  • LifeWay, WMU commit to helping Houston-area churches recover

    by Staff, posted Friday, September 01, 2017 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey to Houston-area churches, LifeWay Christian Resources and Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) were among those this week offering support through the recovery process.

    LifeWay announced Friday (Sept. 1) the organization is preparing to send Bibles and resources to the Houston area. And National Woman's Missionary Union and the WMU Foundation have announced they will assist hurricane victims with a $5,000 HEART (Humanitarian Emergency Aid for Rebuilding Tomorrow) Fund grant. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: LifeWay set for mid-November move

    by Lisa Cannon Green, posted Wednesday, August 30, 2017 (one month ago)

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    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- By mid-November, LifeWay Christian Resources will move into a new corporate headquarters. New technology is rolling out for retail stores and LifeWay.com. And the Southern Baptist entity continues to expand globally.

    These were among the highlights of Thom S. Rainer's report to LifeWay trustees during their board meeting Aug. 28-29 at Ridgecrest Conference Center near Asheville, N.C. LifeWay is leading change to meet the needs of churches in a rapidly changing culture, the organization's president and CEO told trustees. Read More

  • Study: With evangelism, small things matter

    by Bob Smietana, posted Monday, August 28, 2017 (one month 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 (2 months 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 (2 months 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