We often hear about churches closing their doors in the U.S. But some may be surprised to hear that the total number of churches is not in decline anymore.
An important shift happened in recent years, according to researchers Ed Stetzer and Warren Bird. After decades of net decline, more U.S. churches are being started each year than are being closed.
The credit largely goes to the recent increase in enthusiasm for church planting. Stetzer, who leads LifeWay Research, says church planting has become the "it" thing right now and the new evangelism. more >>
About three out every five unchurched persons in America are self-described Christians, according to a new survey unveiled Monday.
Notably, however, a majority of these self-identified unchurched Christians hold a biblical view of God, reports The Barna Group, which conducted the survey.
According to Barna, 68 percent of unchurched, self-identified Christians believe that God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the universe and that He still rules that universe today. more >>
Thousands of viewers and listeners tuned in to a webcast Tuesday evening to hear Christian apologists tackle the pervasive problem of youths leaving the church.
Guests on the American Family Association broadcast, “Church Dropout: Overcoming the Youth Exodus,” agreed that young people were quitting the faith because of intellectual skepticism.
"One of the major reasons is intellectually they don't know why Christianity is true," said apologist Frank Turek, founder of Crossexamined.org, "because we haven't told them why it's true." more >>
LifeWay Christian Resources, one of the world’s largest providers of Christian products and services, recently printed a modern translation of the New Testament in Chinese. It is reported to be the first time Scripture was directly translated from the original Greek version to Chinese.
Prior to the new LifeWay translation, called the Chinese Standard Bible, Chinese Christians depended on a translation known as the Chinese Union Version. This translation was done back in the 1920s and is based on an English copy of the Bible rather than the original Greek.
With this archaic translation, readers would express confusion over certain passages that were translated in a way where it would be read literally, such as when Jesus told his disciples to drink his blood and eat his flesh. more >>
LifeWay Christian Resources, one of the world’s largest providers of Christian products and services, has joined an effort to bring hope, encouragement and Bibles to U.S. soldiers who are serving overseas.
Operation Freedom Bell and Indelible Creative Group announced last week its exclusive partnership with the Nashville-based non-profit organization, which started selling solid-brass Freedom Bells on Friday as part of the effort to reach thousands of American soldiers.
“LifeWay Christian Stores is pleased to be a part of Operation Freedom Bell,” expressed Bill Nielsen, Merchandise VP at LifeWay Christian Stores, in a statement. more >>
The newly formed LifeWay Research has scheduled four projects for this year, with results slated to be released each month beginning this month.
Brad Waggoner, director of LifeWay Research, said today's church leaders are "under-informed" but the new entity of LifeWay Christian Resources will get churches out of the dark on the state of the church and culture.
Church leaders being under-informed is "not necessarily their fault," according to Waggoner. "There is an abundance of available raw information and it may simply be a case of not having the time to wade through and process it all." more >>