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  • Most churches offer Wi-Fi but skip Twitter, study says

    January 12 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Most churches offer Wi-Fi but skip Twitter, study says

    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.

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  • 10 most significant cultural issues in 2017

    December 28 2017 by Biblical Recorder staff | with 0 comments
    10 most significant cultural issues in 2017

    Biblical Recorder staff collected the top ten cultural issues from 2017, including Neil Gorsuch’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, Baptist groups aiding immigrants and refugees, and a study showing an alarming increase in the number of “deaths of despair” among white, middle-aged, blue-collar Americans.

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  • Survey: Evangelical label, beliefs often at odds

    December 7 2017 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Survey: Evangelical label, beliefs often at odds

    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 strongly agree with core evangelical beliefs.

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  • Support of Israel wanes among younger evangelicals

    December 5 2017 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Support of Israel wanes among younger evangelicals

    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 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.

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  • Survey: Billy Graham continues far-reaching legacy

    November 28 2017 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Survey: Billy Graham continues far-reaching legacy

    In the fall of 1949, a little-known Baptist preacher launched a series of revival meetings at a “canvas cathedral” in Los Angeles. 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.

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  • Suicide: Church response to tough topic studied

    October 4 2017 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Suicide: Church response to tough topic studied

    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.

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  • Study: Pastors’ spouses experience mixed blessings

    September 13 2017 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Study: Pastors’ spouses experience mixed blessings

    Being married to a pastor means a life filled with joy, purpose and a lot of headaches, according to a new study. 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.

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  • Study: With evangelism, small things matter

    August 29 2017 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Study: With evangelism, small things matter

    Small churches can make a difference by sticking to the basics, according to a study released 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.

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  • Survey spotlights American views on sin

    August 16 2017 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Survey spotlights American views on sin

    According to a study, two-thirds of Americans 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.

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  • Study: the church, money & embezzlement

    August 4 2017 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Study: the church, money & embezzlement

    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 Aug. 3 of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors from LifeWay Research.

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  • Survey: Good deeds by Christians often go unseen

    July 24 2017 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Survey: Good deeds by Christians often go unseen

    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. LifeWay Research looked at 13 service programs conducted by churches and asked Americans if they’d heard of churches or church members being involved in those activities in the past six months. ...

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  • Attracting unchurched grows small churches, study says

    June 29 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Attracting unchurched grows small churches, study says

    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.

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  • Americans’ views on sex, religion studied

    June 28 2017 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Americans’ views on sex, religion studied

    From cohabitation and same-sex marriage to birth control and bathrooms, Americans can’t seem to agree about what is right and wrong regarding sex. Their views are often rooted in faith, according to a study released June 27. When faith and sexuality clash, which side should prevail? Americans can’t decide.

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  • Study spotlights Hispanic Christians’ views on Israel

    June 26 2017 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Study spotlights Hispanic Christians’ views on Israel

    Hispanic Christians – evangelicals, mainline Protestants and Catholics – are more likely to say the nation of Israel has the right to exist than the average American, a new study released June 22 shows. They worry about the fate of Christians in the Palestinian territories and sympathize with both Palestinians and Israelis.

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  • American views of shame, guilt studied

    May 24 2017 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    American views of shame, guilt studied

    Many Americans are more worried about their reputation than their conscience, a new study released May 23 shows. They worry less about guilt and fear and more about avoiding shame, according to the study from LifeWay Research that was conducted Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2016.

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