A leading Christian periodical has published its annual list of the 100 fastest growing and 100 largest participating churches in the United States and unpacks some of the particular challenges churches encounter today.
Each October, Outreach magazine, in collaboration with LifeWay Research, releases it comprehensive report outlining the growth and size of thousands of Christian congregations across the nation.
"Nationally, 1 in 4 unchurched adults has never regularly attended a Christian church," the report explains. Roman Archer, executive pastor at Next Level Church in New England in Somersworth, New Hampshire, (ranked No. 20 on the fastest-growing list), is quoted saying that the unchurched simply are "not attracted to the idea of church" and suggests that "we've got to go in and relationally build trust and show them we're here to give back." more >>
A new online survey on theology, released by LifeWay, shows that while two-thirds of Americans with evangelical beliefs say heaven is a place where all people will ultimately be reunited with their loved ones, a slightly lesser number of Americans in general believe so.
While 64 percent of evangelicals say everyone will go to heaven, the percentage decreases to 60 percent for Americans in general who believe so, according to the survey, released by LifeWay Research and sponsored by Orlando-based Ligonier Ministries.
The survey notes that by definition, all those with evangelical beliefs affirm that only people who trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior receive God's free gift of eternal salvation. And it adds that even more than half of Americans, or 54 percent, also say only those who trust in Jesus Christ alone receive eternal salvation. more >>
Nearly eight out of 10 Americans believe it's inappropriate for pastors to endorse political candidates at church, while over seven in 10 Americans feel it's inappropriate for churches to endorse political candidates.
As part of a LifeWay Research survey released last week, 1,000 randomly selected Americans were asked over the phone about their views on whether or not it's appropriate for clergy and churches to endorse politicians for political office.
The survey comes as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has vowed to repeal the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which puts churches at risk of losing their tax-exempt status if they endorse political candidates or if their pastors endorse political candidates in church. more >>
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 >>