Non-church-attending Americans are generally open to talking about faith but few wonder about life after death – which is the tactic many Christians are taught to begin conversations, a new LifeWay Research study commissioned by the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College finds.
Nashville-based LifeWay Research published a study Thursday that examines the types of church activities that "unchurched" Americans are interested in as well as how open they are to talking about faith. By "unchurched" the researchers mean "those who have not attended a worship service in the last six months, outside of a holiday or special occasion like a wedding." Surprisingly, the survey found that more than half of Americans who don't go to church self-identify as Christians.
The online survey of 2,000 unchurched Americans finds that: more >>
LifeWay Christian Resources announced Wednesday that the removal of a large bronze statue of the Rev. Billy Graham from its Tennessee headquarters to its new home at Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center in North Carolina has been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances.
In an "editor's note" on LifeWay's newsroom page, the organization explained: "LifeWay has delayed the removal of the Billy Graham statue because it was attached to the ground differently than expected. A new date has not yet been set," read the note.
In April 2006, the Graham statue was unveiled at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina. more >>
The United States' largest Protestant denomination lost approximately 204,000 members in 2015, according to recently released statistics.
LifeWay Christian Resources released the Annual Church Profile statistics Tuesday, which tracked among other things the SBC's total membership, worship attendance, and number of congregations.
Total membership in the SBC in 2015 was approximately 15.294 million, which is a decrease from the approximately 15.499 million reported in 2014. This represents a 1.32 percent decrease. more >>
A survey of American pastors belonging to various Protestant denominations has found a diverse array of opinions on how the End Times will unfold.
In recently released data by LifeWay Research sponsored by Charisma House Book Group, details about how Jesus will return are uniform among Protestant pastors. The major areas of disagreement center on the nature of the rapture, including when and how literal it will be, the nature of the Antichrist, and the nature and timing of Christ's thousand-year reign.
For many Christians, suicide is a taboo act that will keep a believer out of Heaven. Known by many as the "unforgivable sin," it's a complicated issue that's been widely neglected from theological discussion within the Church.
In a portion of his new book Unanswered, a volume intended to shed light on several hot-button topics that loom large within the Church, apologist and New Testament scholar Dr. Jeremiah Johnston debunks misconceptions about suicide and mental illness — two issues secretly plaguing today's Church.
"Twenty-three percent of pastors right now, according to a reliable LifeWay study, are chronically depressed," Johnston told The Christian Post last week. more >>
Just four percent of American pastors say that they are planning to vote for Republican billionaire Donald Trump for president.
The Nashville-based Christian research organization LifeWay conducted a survey to gauge how pastors are likely to vote in the upcoming 2016 presidential election. LifeWay researchers conducted phone interviews with over 1,000 senior pastors, priests and ministers from various Protestant churches all over the United States during a two-week time span in January.
As headlines in the media and even Trump's statements make it seem that like real estate mogul is having large success gaining the support of evangelical voters, LifeWay's survey was released Tuesday and shows that although Trump might be successful in attracting some self-identified Evangelicals, his message is failing to win over members of the clergy. more >>