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 […]

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 […]

Study: Americans See the Church as Beneficial but Dying

According to a recent survey from Lifeway Research, most Americans still find value in church attendance. On the other hand, more Americans believe the church is dying than striving. For instance, fifty-five percent believe attendance is declining and 42 percent say the church is dying. By contrast, 36 percent say the church is growing while 38 percent […]

Trusting God in Difficult Times Is a Sign of Spiritual Maturity

Lifeway Research recently released the results of part of its Transformational Discipleship study. The attribute addressed in this portion of the study was that of “exercising faith.” The study measured the responses to a set of statements that were indicative of a person’s level of faith. According to the survey results, the longer a person […]

Christians Need to Study the Bible More Often

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God,“  Jesus says (Matthew 4:4). We know we need natural foods for our physical body. But also we need spiritual food for our inner being because it is spiritual. Also, just as we will become physically weak if we […]

Study: Most Christians Seldom Share Their Faith

Recently, the results of an extensive discipleship research project aimed at measuring spiritual maturity in churchgoers was released. LifeWay Research identified eight attributes that were consistently evident in the lives of maturing believers. Among these attributes, “Sharing Christ” was found to have the lowest average score among Protestant church attendees. Their poor performance in such an […]

Poll: Most Southern Baptist Pastors Say Electing a Black Leader Would be Good

It is anticipated that this month the Rev. Fred Luter , pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, will be elected as the first African-American president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). According to the results of a recent poll conducted by Lifeway Research, the majority of SBC pastors believe that having a […]