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  • Survey probes pastors’ views on handling misconduct

    May 11 2016 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Survey probes pastors’ views on handling misconduct

    There’s no consensus among Protestant pastors whether a colleague accused of misconduct should step down from the pulpit for a time, according to a LifeWay Research survey released May 10. Few respondents, however, say pastors who commit adultery should be permanently banned from ministry ...

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  • End times, rapture & Antichrist focus of new study

    April 27 2016 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    End times, rapture & Antichrist focus of new study

    Most Protestant pastors believe Jesus will return in the future. But few agree about the details of the apocalypse, a new study shows. A third of America’s Protestant pastors expect Christians to be raptured – or taken up in the sky to meet Jesus – as the end times begin.

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  • Survey: Christians call ‘payday loans’ sinful

    April 14 2016 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Survey: Christians call ‘payday loans’ sinful

    Self-identified Christians in 30 states – from Alabama to Wyoming – say it’s a sin to lend money to someone who can’t afford to pay it back. Most want the government to protect consumers from loans with excessive interest. Still, 1 in 6 Christians has taken out a high-interest payday loan …

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  • Religious liberty focus of new study

    March 31 2016 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Religious liberty focus of new study

    A growing number of Americans believe religious liberty is on the decline and that the nation’s Christians face growing intolerance, according to a survey by LifeWay Research. The 1,000 Americans surveyed in Sept. 2013 and 2015, also noted American Christians complain too much.

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  • Budget shortfalls hamper 3 in 10 churches surveyed

    March 11 2016 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Budget shortfalls hamper 3 in 10 churches surveyed

    When it comes to finances, the new normal for many American churches seems to be “just getting by.” A third of Protestant senior pastors say their church’s giving was under budget in 2015, according to LifeWay Research. One in five saw their finances decline.

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  • Most Americans unfazed by Planned Parenthood videos

    February 19 2016 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Most Americans unfazed by Planned Parenthood videos

    “Given the serious accusations against Planned Parenthood – that they sold baby parts – it is surprising how few Americans responded,” said Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research. The phone survey of 1,000 Americans found that 43 percent are unaware of the videos and 27 percent have not spoken out.

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  • Study: monthly porn exposure the norm for teens

    January 21 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Study: monthly porn exposure the norm for teens

    Half of teenagers and nearly three-quarters of young adults come across pornography at least monthly, and both groups on average consider viewing pornographic images less immoral than failing to recycle. Those are among the findings of a survey of 2,700 Americans released by Barna Group.

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  • Study: Lack of support reason pastors leave pastorate

    January 13 2016 by Lisa Cannon Green, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Study: Lack of support reason pastors leave pastorate

    No sabbatical. No help with counseling. No clear picture of what’s expected. In a new study by LifeWay Research, hundreds of former senior pastors say these were the crucial elements missing from the final churches they led before quitting the pastorate. The study by LifeWay Research points to ways churches can encourage pastors ...

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  • SBC leaders express concern, hope on abortion survey

    December 3 2015 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC leaders express concern, hope on abortion survey

    Southern Baptists responded with concern and hope for greater grace in churches to a new LifeWay Research study that shows post-abortive women think congregations are more judgmental than caring. 43 percent of women who have had an abortion were attending church at least once a month when they underwent the procedure ...

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  • Abortion, women’s views of church focus of study

    November 24 2015 by Lisa Cannon Green, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Abortion, women’s views of church focus of study

    Many women with unplanned pregnancies go silently from the church pew to the abortion clinic, convinced the church would gossip rather than help, a study released Nov. 23 by LifeWay Research shows. More than 4 in 10 women who have had an abortion were churchgoers when they ended a pregnancy ...

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  • Study: Thankfulness still priority at Thanksgiving

    November 13 2015 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Study: Thankfulness still priority at Thanksgiving

    For Americans, Thanksgiving is about faith and family, and not much else, a new study shows. More than half tell LifeWay Research the most important part of the annual holiday is “being thankful to God for my blessings.” Nearly 4 in 10 say “time with family and friends” tops their Thanksgiving priorities.

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  • Pew data confirms faithful remnant

    November 5 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pew data confirms faithful remnant

    The latest data release from the 2014 Pew Religious Landscape Study is significant but not surprising. For students of scripture and church history, it confirms with empirical data what God’s people have known to be true for millennia: the Lord’s modus operandi is to preserve a faithful remnant amid the sinful world.

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  • Study spotlights divorce among churchgoers

    October 30 2015 by Lisa Cannon Green, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Study spotlights divorce among churchgoers

    Before a divorce, churchgoers in troubled marriages look a lot like their happily married counterparts at church – participating, serving and leading at similar rates. After a divorce, the differences can be stark. Twenty percent have dropped out of church entirely. In many cases, their children have stopped attending too.

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  • Study: Pastors grow more polarized on Islam

    October 26 2015 by Lisa Cannon Green, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Study: Pastors grow more polarized on Islam

    Protestant pastors are increasingly polarized about Islam, with a growing share labeling the Muslim faith violent while a sharply rising minority calls it spiritually good. Although a majority considers Islam dangerous, a small but increasing segment believes Islam is similar to Christianity, according to a new survey by LifeWay Research.

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  • Study: Nonreligious Americans see evidence of creator

    October 8 2015 by Lisa Cannon Green, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Study: Nonreligious Americans see evidence of creator

    More than 4 in 10 of the nonreligious believe physics and humanity point to a creator, LifeWay Research finds. A third say human morality indicates a creator who defines right and wrong. The study, released Oct. 7, is based on a survey taken Sept. 26-Oct. 5, 2014.

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