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  • Young adults keep Christian label, but fewer 'devout'

    by Aaron Earls, posted Thursday, January 31, 2019 (18 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Most young adults who attended church as a teenager say they believe in God today, but fewer consider themselves devout Christians, according to a study released Thursday (Jan. 31). And as a whole, they have conflicting recollections about the churches they attended in high school.

    LifeWay Research surveyed more than 2,000 American adults between the ages of 23 and 30 who attended a Protestant church twice a month or more for at least a year as a teenager. Researchers conducted the survey Sept. 15-Oct. 13, 2017.

    The study shows 39 percent say they consider themselves a devout Christian with a strong faith in God. Fewer consider themselves Christian, but not particularly devout (27 percent). Even fewer say they believe in God but are uncertain of Christianity (14 percent) or say they consider themselves spiritual, but not religious (11 percent). Read More

  • New book, 'Within Reach,' relays insight for student ministry

    by Carol Pipes, posted Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Today's high school graduate is faced with an abundance of choices. Go to college or enter the workforce? Dorm life, apartment life or mom and dad's basement? But no decision may be as important as whether to continue attending church.

    A study from LifeWay Research and LifeWay Students, released today (Jan. l5), reveals that two out of three young adults who attend a Protestant church for at least a year in high school will stop attending church regularly for at least a year between ages 18-22.

    "Within Reach: The Power of Small Changes in Keeping Students Connected," a new book ... Read More

  • Church dropout rate among young adults studied

    by Aaron Earls, posted Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (one month ago)

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    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 percent say they continued to attend twice a month or more.

    While the 66 percent may be troubling for many church leaders, the numbers may appear ... Read More

  • Survey: Americans want more Christ this Christmas

    by Aaron Earls, posted Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Most Americans want more religious meaning to the Christmas season, and for some that includes the seasonal greetings we say to each other.

    A new study from LifeWay Research found two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) say, "Christmas should be more about Jesus."

    Those looking for more Christ in Christmas in 2018, however, are significantly fewer than four years ago. A 2014 LifeWay Research study found 79 percent of Americans at that time said Christmas should be more about Jesus.

    While similar numbers registered disagreement with the statement in 2014 and 2018 (18 and 19 percent respectively), the percentage who said they were unsure if Christmas should be more about Jesus jumped from 3 percent four years ago to 16 percent today. Read More

  • Open on Sunday? Churchgoers share views on Sabbath

    by Aaron Earls, posted Tuesday, December 04, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- According to Genesis, God created everything in six days before resting on the seventh. But around a quarter of churchgoers say they don't follow His example, according to a study released today (Dec. 4).

    Seventy-seven percent of churchgoers say they take an intentional day of rest and most do so on Sunday, according to a new study of Protestants who attend church once a month or more from LifeWay Research. The survey was conducted Aug. 22-30, 2017.

    Seven in 10 churchgoers take their Sabbath on Sunday. Few take it on Saturday (5 percent), Friday (1 percent) or Monday (1 percent). For 23 percent, they don't take a day of rest. Read More

  • Study: Most churchgoers still abstain from alcohol

    by Carol Pipes, posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Most churchgoers say the Bible teaches against drunkenness. But that doesn't stop about 4 in 10 from taking a drink now and then, a study released Tuesday (Nov. 27) shows.

    While 41 percent of Protestant churchgoers say they consume alcohol, 59 percent say they do not. That's a slight shift from 10 years ago, according to the LifeWay Research survey, which was conducted Aug. 22-30, 2017.

    In a 2007 phone survey by LifeWay Research, 39 percent of Protestant churchgoers said yes they consumed alcohol while 61 percent said no. Read More

  • Annual Church Profile & more of the SBC story

    by LifeWay staff, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Long-standing patterns continued to dominate the 2017 Annual Church Profile report released in June. The number of congregations cooperating with the Southern Baptist Convention increased over 2016 totals, while reported membership and baptisms continued their year-over-year decline.

    But that's not the whole story, noted Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, which compiles the ACP data in cooperation with Baptist state conventions.

    The 2017 ACP totals released in June counted all 51,920 congregations affiliated with ... Read More

  • Pastors see economic turnaround in 2018 giving

    by Aaron Earls, posted Wednesday, November 07, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The economic recovery appears to have reached the offering plate, according to a new study released today (Nov. 7).

    Today, 8 in 10 Protestant pastors (79 percent) say the total offerings at their church this year are at or above last year's levels, including 42 percent who say this year is ahead of last year. Few pastors (15 percent) say giving is not keeping pace with last year. This latest survey from LifeWay Research was conducted Aug. 29 to Sept. 11.

    Those positive giving numbers have followed the economic upturn, noted Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. Read More

  • Survey sees mix of orthodox belief, shifting opinions

    by Carol Pipes, posted Tuesday, October 23, 2018 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Six in 10 Americans say religious belief is a matter of personal opinion. For 7 in 10 Americans, such religious beliefs include one true God existing in three persons -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But an increasing majority of Americans deny Jesus has always existed and many say the Holy Spirit is a force rather than a personal being.

    Those are among the findings of a new study of American views on Christian theology from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

    "When the majority of Americans believe religious belief is more personal opinion than objective truth, then we expect to see contradictory beliefs [as well as] beliefs that change over time," said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. Read More

  • Evangelicals & politics: Reasons for voting 'complex'

    by Aaron Earls, posted Tuesday, October 23, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Politics is important for most evangelicals, but not so important that they question the faith of those who vote differently from them, a new study shows.

    A new survey from LifeWay Research sponsored by the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College explored the voting habits and political motivations of three groups of Americans: evangelicals by belief, self-identified evangelicals and those who are not evangelical by belief or self-identity. The survey was conducted May 9-16.

    Evangelicals by belief -- those who hold to four key theological statements developed by LifeWay Research and the National Association of Evangelicals -- were most likely to say politics is at least somewhat important to them (87 percent), with 30 percent saying it is extremely important. Read More