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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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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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