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  • Why Americans go to church – and why they don’t

    August 6 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Why Americans go to church – and why they don’t

    Americans who attend religious services and those who skip them may be looking for the same thing – a connection with God, according to a new survey from Pew Research. The most common single reason for attending services is that people want to be close to God.

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  • SBC messengers 'getting younger,' Dallas report shows

    July 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC messengers 'getting younger,' Dallas report shows

    Nearly twice as many messengers attended the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting when compared to the previous year, fueled by a strong Southern Baptist presence in Texas, the SBC Executive Committee has announced. The latest registration report also showed increases in first-time attendees and those in the 18- to 39-year-old range.

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  • Churchgoers stick around for theology, not music or preachers

    June 27 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Churchgoers stick around for theology, not music or preachers

    Most churchgoers will put up with a change in music style or a different preacher. But don’t mess with a church’s beliefs or there may be an exodus, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. The study of Protestant churchgoers found most are committed to staying at their church over the long haul. 

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  • 5,406: SBC’s unofficial Columbus registration

    June 19 2015 by Brian Koonce, The Pathway/Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    5,406: SBC’s unofficial Columbus registration

    The Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting drew 5,406 messengers to Columbus June 16-17 from the nation’s 46,000-plus Southern Baptist churches. The unofficial total is a 2 percent rise from last year. SBC registration secretary Jim Wells said the results were slightly below his pre-annual meeting guess, but good nonetheless.

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  • Survey: Americans see value in church attendance

    March 31 2015 by Lisa Green, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Survey: Americans see value in church attendance

    The overwhelming majority of Americans say they find value in attending church, a new LifeWay Research study shows. Two-thirds of Americans think attendance is admirable … But “Americans have a much more optimistic view of the people and practice of attending church than they do of the health of the church” ...

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  • Unofficial Baltimore attendance: 5,294

    June 13 2014 by Brian Koonce, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Unofficial Baltimore attendance: 5,294

    The Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting, June 10-11, drew 5,294 messengers to Baltimore from the nation’s 45,000 Southern Baptist churches. The unofficial total is a three percent bump from last year’s meeting in Houston, which drew 5,103 messengers.

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