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  • Survey: Billy Graham continues far-reaching legacy

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (10 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (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 adults

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (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 sermons

    by Bob Smietana, posted Monday, October 16, 2017 (one month 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).

    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 studied

    by Bob Smietana, posted Monday, October 02, 2017 (one month 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

  • Study: Pastors' spouses experience mixed blessings

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017 (2 months 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

  • Study: With evangelism, small things matter

    by Bob Smietana, posted Monday, August 28, 2017 (2 months 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 (3 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 (3 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

  • Survey: Good deeds by Christians often go unseen

    by Bob Smietana, posted Friday, July 21, 2017 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Many Americans are unaware of various efforts by local Christians or churches to serve their neighbors, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

    In a survey of 1,000 Americans, LifeWay Research looked at 13 service programs conducted by churches -- from tutoring kids to teaching job skills. They asked Americans if they'd heard of churches or church members being involved in those activities in the past six months.

    Six in 10 say they know churches feed the hungry. Half say they know churches give clothing to the poor. Read More

  • Attracting unchurched grows small churches, study says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 28, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    WHEATON, Ill. (BP) -- Attracting and keeping people considered unchurched is rated as the top predictor of growth through new professions of faith at small churches, according to a new study encompassing 12 Christian denominations including Southern Baptists.

    "These churches are places of invitation, welcome and involvement for the unchurched," the study's authors said. "So, the unchurched stick around in greater numbers. And they come to Christ and get committed to the church in greater numbers." Read More