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LifeWay develops free coronavirus response training resources for churches
Mar11

LifeWay develops free coronavirus response training resources for churches

NASHVILLE (BP)—As the coronavirus spreads in the U.S., congregations are facing a situation many have never considered. In response, the LifeWay Leadership team has developed pandemic response resources that are being made available for free to assist pastors and church leaders at MinistryGrid.com/coronavirus. “Pastors are asking questions about how their churches should react to the coronavirus,” said Todd Adkins,...

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Churchgoers divided over armed congregants
Jan28

Churchgoers divided over armed congregants

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—In the aftermath of several high-profile church shootings, most Protestant pastors say their congregations have taken some precautions to protect those in attendance. Since 2000, 19 fatal shootings have taken place at Christian churches, while gunmen have also taken lives at other religious sites like Jewish synagogues, a Sikh temple and an Amish school. Around 4 in 5 Protestant pastors (80 percent) say their...

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Half of pastors see opioid abuse in their own congregations
Nov23

Half of pastors see opioid abuse in their own congregations

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Like most U.S. pastors, Robby Gallaty knows someone who has been affected by opioid abuse. But unlike most pastors, Gallaty has personally suffered through addiction. Twenty years ago this month, Gallaty endured a near-fatal car accident. When he left the hospital, the club-bouncer-turned-church-leader took with him several prescriptions for painkillers. “My descent into full-scale drug abuse was amazingly...

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Pastors of larger churches more likely to regularly counsel and disciple members
Oct19

Pastors of larger churches more likely to regularly counsel and disciple members

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Meetings often fill the calendars of office workers, but pastors say their days are often full of meetings as well. A survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research asked 1,000 Protestant pastors if they regularly have any of six types of meetings. Virtually every pastor (99 percent) says they regularly have at least one of those work-related meetings. “Churches are people, and church ministry is people...

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LifeWay Research: Most churches aren’t engaged in a ‘worship war’ over music
Sep13

LifeWay Research: Most churches aren’t engaged in a ‘worship war’ over music

For most pastors, the so-called “worship wars” over the style of the music used in their church have subsided, if they ever even felt that pressure. A new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research found 15 percent of Protestant pastors in the U.S. say the biggest challenge they face in the area of music is navigating the varying music preferences of members. A similar number of pastors say their most significant challenge is leading...

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Like so many other organizations around the state and country, Oklahoma Baptists are closely monitoring news and information about the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).Learn More Here.