LifeWay Research

LifeWay research: “87 percent of Protestant pastors in the U.S. say their church met in person in September”

"A majority of African American Protestant pastors (60 percent) say their congregations did not meet in person last month. Mainline pastors (31 percent) are more likely than evangelical pastors (7 percent) to say they did not physically gather in September." - BPNews

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Study: Slightly Fewer US adults say religious belief is matter of personal opinion . . . but it's still a majority

"The results show that while 60% of U.S. adults held the view that religious belief is a matter of personal opinion in 2018, that number dropped to 54% in 2020." - C.Post

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LifeWay State of Theology Survey: Evangelicals Hold Steady on Doctrine, More Outspoken on Politics

Many "evangelicals still believe the heresy of Arianism....Two-thirds of evangelicals (65%) affirmed the statement that 'Jesus is the first and greatest being created by God.' This figure is lower than in the last two surveys (in 2018, 78% agreed; in 2016, 71% agreed)." - CToday

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Pastors Answer: Does an Affair Disqualify You From Ministry?

"'Pastors’ Views on Moral Failures,' conducted by Nashville-based LifeWay Research...'There is widespread disagreement from pastors across denominations, church size, age, race, and education levels to quickly restoring pastors who commit adultery to public ministry positions.'" - Church Leaders

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LifeWay Research: Biggest Concerns Pastors Have Right Now

"More than a quarter of pastors (27%) say they’re struggling with maintaining unity and dealing with conflict or complaints.... Several pastors mentioned difficulties surrounding special services like weddings and funerals or reaching out to members in hospitals and nursing homes." - F&T

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“57% of Protestant churchgoers say they find it challenging to make sense of the Bible when they read it on their own”

90% "agree they can usually understand how a passage of Scripture is relevant to them. Only 7% disagree. Four in 5 express confidence in their ability to help others with doubts about the truthfulness of Scripture (81%), difficulty accepting morals taught in the Bible (82%), and confusion over a Bible passage (81%)." - F&T

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Research: Churchgoers express hope, sadness over leaders who leave the faith

"LifeWay Research asked more than 1,000 Protestant churchgoers how they feel when a person well-known for their work in Christian ministry announces they no longer accept their previous faith.... More than 3 in 5 churchgoers say they hope the former ministry leaders come back to the Christian faith someday" - BPNews

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Pastors Reveal Their Top 9 Current Ministry Stressors

"LifeWay Research followed up their survey of pastors in March with a new survey that asks how the coronavirus is impacting their churches and them individually currently. Here’s what pastors identified as their nine biggest pain points and ministry concerns with quotes from actual pastors about those issues." - F&T

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