By Scott McConnellLifeway Research Have you ever imagined what it was like to live in another century or a completely different point in history? As a kid, my family always drove for family vacations, and I would often daydream looking out the window at the scenery. I would see a factory and dream of managing […]
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By Aaron Earls NASHVILLE (BP) – U.S. Protestant churches endured a difficult 2020, including starting the year with fewer congregations. In 2019, approximately 3,000 Protestant churches were started in the U.S., but 4,500 Protestant churches closed, according to estimates from Nashville-based Lifeway Research. The number of Southern Baptist churches, however, grew in both 2019 and 2020. Church plants totaled 588 in […]
Fewer churchgoers filled pews and Bible studies during the pandemic, but many still continued personal discipleship habits throughout 2020. A study by Nashville-based Lifeway Research found U.S. churchgoers were less likely to be involved in small groups during the pandemic, but many added some digital and individual activities to their discipleship routines. “Some have defined discipleship as […]
By Aaron EarlsSenior Writer/Editor, Lifeway Research Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, churches responded to serve churchgoers in a variety of ways, and churchgoers are overwhelmingly proud of how their church handled the crisis. According to Nashville-based Lifeway Research, almost 9 in 10 Protestant churchgoers (86%) say they are proud of how their church has responded during […]
By Aaron EarlsSenior Writer/Editor, LifewayResearch.com NASHVILLE – Churchgoers aren’t attending yet at pre-pandemic levels, but most say they value gathering with their congregation and are anxious to do so when the threat of COVID-19 ends. A study of 1,000 Protestant churchgoers in the U.S. from Nashville-based Lifeway Research found, when COVID-19 is no longer an active threat […]
By Aaron Earls NASHVILLE (BP) – Even though the pandemic may change Thanksgiving celebrations this year, Americans still express thankfulness for their family and friends. According to a survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research, more than 4 in 5 Americans (84%) say they are thankful for their family. Sizable majorities also note being thankful for health (69%), […]
After a few years of economic optimism, pastors say the 2020 economy is hurting their congregation.
By Aaron Earls NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Most churchgoers say they can address doubts others have about the Bible, but half admit they have problems understanding Scripture on their own. Despite repeatedly affirming confidence in their own abilities to explain and understand the Bible, a recent LifeWay Research study in partnership with Explore the Bible curriculum […]
By Aaron Earls NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Churches are gathering again, but services and programs remain drastically different from the beginning of the year. At the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to previous surveys from Nashville-based LifeWay Research, Protestant churches across the U.S. stopped gathering in-person in a matter of weeks. The latest LifeWay Research […]
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