A majority of pastors with denominational affiliation believe it is vital to be part of a denomination, but a majority also believe that the importance of identifying with a denomination will diminish over the next 10 years.
Though most churches have a website, there is a divide between congregations that use their sites only for one-way communication and those that maximize their online presence with interactive technology.
Churches are turning increasingly to social networking tools as ministry aids and Facebook is by far the most popular tool, according to a new study by LifeWay Research.
Eighty-one percent put family first at Christmas, agreeing, strongly or somewhat, with the statement, "Family traditions are the most important part of Christmas to me."
Winfrey and Bush, along with Glenn Beck, Barack Obama and Sarah Palin, comprised the list that LifeWay Research presented to Protestant pastors along with the question, "Which, if any, of the following people do you believe are Christians?"
When seeking information or advice, almost two-thirds of American "Millennials" – those born between 1980 and 1991 – prefer to rub shoulders with many people who have personal experience rather than a single recognized expert.
A new survey released today by LifeWay Research indicates that 61 percent of Protestant pastors disapprove (47 percent strongly) of President Barack Obama's job performance.
Nearly 9 in 10 American "Millennials" – those born between 1980 and 1991 – say it's up to their generation to clean up the environment, but a majority also believes that many Millennials go overboard when it comes to environmental issues.
Six in 10 American "Millennials" – those born between 1980 and 1991 – see nothing wrong with two people of the same gender getting married.
"Urban church planting" and "raising up non-clergy church planters" were the specific topics of the peer-learning event organized by Ed Stetzer, director of LifeWay Research.
Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist pastors is rising slightly faster than inflation, but the mounting cost of benefits is forcing churches to provide fewer pastors with medical insurance.
When asked what's important in life, most American "Millennials" – those born between 1980 and 1991 – say family comes first, ahead of friends, education, careers and even religion.
Protestant pastors in the U.S. have a negative view of Islam and more than half agree with Franklin Graham's statement that Islam is an "evil" religion, according to a just-released study by LifeWay Research. More than 4 in 10 agree that Islam is dangerous and promotes violence.
A newly released LifeWay Research survey of 1,004 Protestant pastors found only 3 percent of their churches served as the primary sponsor of a church plant (new congregation) during the previous 12 months, and only 14 percent gave financial support in partnership with other churches to help start new congregations.
Protestant pastors put high value on their seminary education and regularly integrate their learning into the way they lead and serve their congregations, newly released information from LifeWay Research shows.
While the U.S. economy shows signs of experiencing a "jobless recovery," the country's 10 percent unemployment rate is keeping church budgets in a bind, a new study by LifeWay Research found.
The survey of more than 1,000 Protestant pastors found 45 percent strongly agree with the statement "I believe Islam is a dangerous religion," and 21 percent agree somewhat.
Newly released data from LifeWay Research describe the beliefs of Protestant pastors on the sanctity of human life, biblical marriage and religious liberty, and how often they discuss these issues in church.