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Churches eager to evangelize, but distractions abound
Apr28

Churches eager to evangelize, but distractions abound

NASHVILLE (BP) — Most Protestant churchgoers say they are eager to talk to others about Jesus and are praying for opportunities to share their faith. But a new study shows most say they have not had any evangelistic conversations in the past six months. The 2019 Discipleship Pathway Assessment study from LifeWay Research found excitement and eagerness about the idea of evangelism. Few Protestant churchgoers, however, actually...

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Small, Struggling Congregations Fill US Church Landscape
Mar27

Small, Struggling Congregations Fill US Church Landscape

In many congregations in the United States, new faces in the pews have become rare. A new study from Exponential by LifeWay Research found 6 in 10 Protestant churches are plateaued or declining in attendance and more than half saw fewer than 10 people become new Christians in the past 12 months. “Growth is not absent from American churches,” said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. “But rapid growth through...

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Church dropout rate among young adults studied
Jan18

Church dropout rate among young adults studied

NASHVILLE (BP) — Church pews may be full of teenagers, but a study released Tuesday (Jan. 15) suggests college students might be a much rarer sight on Sunday mornings. Two-thirds (66 percent) of American young adults who attended a Protestant church regularly for at least a year as a teenager say they also dropped out for at least a year between the ages of 18 and 22, according to a study from LifeWay Research. Thirty-four...

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Churches ramp up background checks to ensure safety
Jan09

Churches ramp up background checks to ensure safety

NASHVILLE (BP) — As churches become aware of potential safety issues, more are signing up for background check services through LifeWay Christian Resources’ OneSource program. “The numbers have increased dramatically since we began our relationship with backgroundchecks.com,” said LifeWay’s Jennie Morris. “On average, we add 160 customers a month.” Since January 2009, more than 16,000...

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NEW RESEARCH: Are churches cancelling services for the Super Bowl?
Jan26

NEW RESEARCH: Are churches cancelling services for the Super Bowl?

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— For churches that have Sunday night activities, most pastors say it’s still “game on” despite the big game next weekend. According to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research, 68 percent of Protestant pastors say their church typically has some activity on Sunday night. And among those pastors, almost 6 in 10 (59 percent) say they will continue as normal on the night of the Super Bowl. “It is easy to think...

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