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  • ACP: Worship attendance rises, baptisms decline

    June 4 2018 by Lisa Cannon Green, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    ACP: Worship attendance rises, baptisms decline

    The Southern Baptist Convention expanded by more than 270 churches in 2017. More people showed up for weekly worship services, and congregations gave more generously in a strengthening economy. However, reported baptisms and membership declined as fewer churches participated in the SBC’s Annual Church Profile (ACP).

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  • Survey: VBS remains popular among American parents

    May 30 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Survey: VBS remains popular among American parents

    Back in the 1890s, a pair of Sunday School teachers 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?

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  • Churchgoers say they tithe, but not always to church

    May 11 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Churchgoers say they tithe, but not always to church

    Most churchgoers say the Bible commands them to give. But their tithes don’t always go in the offering plate. Half of Protestant churchgoers say their tithes can go to a Christian ministry rather than a church, compared to what is often taught by pastors and Bible study aids.

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  • Personal touch drives churchgoer giving, study shows

    April 19 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Personal touch drives churchgoer giving, study shows

    When it comes to charity, a personal touch works 10 times better than Facebook – at least for churchgoers. 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.

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  • Church discipline focus of new survey

    April 6 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Church discipline focus of new survey

    More than 8 in 10 Protestant senior pastors say their church has not disciplined a member in the past year, says a study released 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.

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  • Diversity & churches: Progress being made, study says

    March 22 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Diversity & churches: Progress being made, study says

    Protestant churches may be a little more diverse these days. And that’s a good thing, their pastors say in a new study. 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.

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  • Relationship between evangelicals and Jews studied

    March 1 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Relationship between evangelicals and Jews studied

    merican 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.

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  • Study shows far-reaching impact of Billy Graham

    February 22 2018 by LifeWay Research staff | with 0 comments
    Study shows far-reaching impact of Billy Graham

    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 Thom Rainer.

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  • Study: Churches on solid ground as economy rebounds

    February 9 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Study: Churches on solid ground as economy rebounds

    Church collection plates were a little bit fuller last fall, according to a new study 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.

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  • Adoption, foster care common in churches, study says

    January 25 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Adoption, foster care common in churches, study says

    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 by LifeWay Research.

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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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