Our Moral Decline Concerns Most Americans but What Is Right and Wrong?

Does the increasing moral decline in America concern you? If it does, you are not alone. Most Americans are concerned about our moral decline. That’s the finding of a recent survey conducted by Lifeway Research. According to the findings, 81 percent of Americans agreed with the statement: “I am concerned about declining moral behavior in […]

Does “Conservative Theology” Contribute to Church Growth?

Yesterday, I read the summary of a five-year research project. Canadian researchers sought to understand why some churches in the US and Canada were growing while most were declining. The researchers believe they have found the answer. Based on their findings, they say  conservative theology of the congregants and their clergymen is what sustains church […]

Survey–Pastors Struggled with Their Vote for the Presidential Election

This past Tuesday, Mr. Donald Trump was elected as our next President. The evangelical community was a major factor in Mr. Trump’s historic victory. To vote for him, Christians admittedly had to look beyond his despicable conduct during his bid for the nomination and during the presidential election campaign. The depth of the challenge to […]

Survey: Many Churches Today Face Budget Challenges

Lifeway Research recently conducted a survey involving 1000 pastors. Fifty-one percent say the economy negatively affected their churches last year. Actually, the 51% is the lowest total since Lifeway began researching this subject. Also, about 3 in 10 (32%) say their church failed to make budget for 2015. That’s better than for 2010 but worse than […]

Survey: New Churches More Successful at Reaching the Unchurched?

A couple of days ago, I read the results of a recent study by LifeWay Research. According to the study, the amount of new Protestant churches opened in 2014 (estimated at 4000) exceeded the amount of existing churches that closed (estimated at 3700). Moreover, these new churches are having more success reaching the unchurched. Forty-two […]

Survey Reveals Church Involvement in Twenty-Two Denominations

The Pew Research Center recently released the results of its Religious Landscape Study. This study ranks the church involvement among 22 denominations. For Christians, this is an important metric. Christianity is not about head count but engagement. In the study, those who were a member of a local congregation, attended a religious service at least […]

So How Bad is Your Digital Amnesia?

You are probably wondering what is digital amnesia. This is a term researchers use to refer to the experience of forgetting information that you trust to a digital device to store and to remember for you. If you use a smart phone or some other digital device for storing personal information, you have been infected […]