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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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  • In Mormon-heavy Utah, church slates witness training

    July 26 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    In Mormon-heavy Utah, church slates witness training

    Church leaders and members are invited to Utah’s Desert Ridge Baptist Church for training in evangelizing members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, slated for Sept. 7-8. “We love our neighbors in Utah, and to love our neighbors it is important to understand what religious beliefs they hold,” …

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  • Survey: 2/3 of churchgoers invited someone to church

    July 13 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Survey: 2/3 of churchgoers invited someone to church

    America’s Protestants like to invite their friends to church. At least once in a while. Nearly two-thirds of Protestant churchgoers say they’ve invited at least one person to visit their church in the past six months, according to a new LifeWay Research study. “It’s a fairly easy thing for churchgoers to do …

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  • Pew: Religious restrictions spreading globally

    June 25 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pew: Religious restrictions spreading globally

    Religious restrictions continue to spread globally in Pew Research Center’s ninth annual study of laws and social hostilities in 198 countries, although most countries still rank low to moderate on a study scale researchers devised. Less than half of the countries, 42 percent, ranked high or very high on Pew’s scale of restrictions including both …

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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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  • 3 evangelicals among latest USCIRF appointees

    May 21 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    3 evangelicals among latest USCIRF appointees

    Three evangelicals are among the latest appointees to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins, FRC founder and American Values President Gary Bauer, and best-selling author and Kairos Company President Johnnie Moore were named to the commission charged with protecting religious freedoms globally.

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  • Coffee, tweets or Jesus: Bible ranks low as daily must

    May 17 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Coffee, tweets or Jesus: Bible ranks low as daily must

    The Bible tops coffee, social media and sweets as a daily necessity for only 16 percent of the population, according to new research commissioned by the American Bible Society. The largest segment of Americans, 37 percent, see coffee as a top essential, the 2018 State of the Bible report said.

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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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  • Pew: 25% of survey’s Christians don’t buy biblical God

    May 10 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pew: 25% of survey’s Christians don’t buy biblical God

    A fourth of self-identified Christians don’t believe fully in the biblical description of God, Pew Research Center said in its latest study. Rather, 25 percent of American Christians believe in what Pew described as “God or another higher power” who is not necessarily all-loving, omniscient and omnipotent as scripture reveals.

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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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  • Pew: Christian women more devout than Christian men

    April 11 2018 by Aaron Earls, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Pew: Christian women more devout than Christian men

    Pew Research has found a significant gender gap concerning religious beliefs and practice among self-identified Christian men and women in America. More than 7 in 10 U.S. Christian women (72 percent) say religion is very important to them, compared to 62 percent of Christian men.

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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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