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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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Mandrell celebrates ‘new day’ at LifeWay
Aug29

Mandrell celebrates ‘new day’ at LifeWay

NASHVILLE (BP)—In his first trustee meeting as president and CEO, Ben Mandrell, featured above, gave board members an optimistic vision for the future of LifeWay Christian Resources. He described the current season as “a new day” for both himself and the 128-year-old organization, during LifeWay’s Aug. 26-27 trustee meeting. “I truly believe God built me for this job,” Mandrell said, noting his excitement...

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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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