Almost a quarter of American families have turned to church food pantries for help

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By Bob Smietana NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As the holidays approach, food pantries across the country will collect donations to help those in need. Chances are some of the folks who donate also know what it’s like to go to bed hungry. Nearly one in four Americans (22 percent) say their family has turned to a […]

New Research: Americans believe in heaven, hell, and a little bit of heresy

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Most Americans believe in heaven, hell, and a few old-fashioned heresies.

Americans disagree about mixing religion and politics and about the Bible. And few pay much heed to their pastor’s sermons or see themselves as sinners.

Those are among the findings of a new study of American views about Christian theology from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. The online survey of 3,000 Americans was commissioned by Orlando-based Ligonier Ministries.

Growing Number of Churches Benefit From Background Checks

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By Aaron Earls NASHVILLE, Tenn.—More than 1-in-5 background checks processed by LifeWay’s program with backgroundchecks.com reveals a serious offense. These numbers are part of the reason a growing number of churches use background checks as a way to better protect those involved in the ministry. After a six-year relationship, the number of churches that say […]

New Research: Americans pray for friends, family but rarely for celebrities or sports teams

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By Bob Smietana NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Americans pray for their friends, families, and sometimes their enemies. They ask for divine help in times of trouble but rarely praise God’s greatness. And they seldom add politicians, nonbelievers, or even their favorite sports team to their prayer lists, according to a new survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. […]

SBC Pastor Salaries Not Keeping Up with Inflation

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Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist pastors has not kept pace with inflation over the past two years, while salaries for other full-time ministers and office staff increased at a rate higher than national inflation. …read more From:: LW Research

SBC pastor salaries not keeping up with inflation

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Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist pastors has not kept pace with inflation over the past two years, while salaries for other full-time ministers and office staff increased at a rate higher than national inflation, according to the SBC Church Compensation Study, an in-depth survey of 12,907 staff members in Southern Baptist churches.

Mental Illness Remains Taboo Topic for Many Pastors

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One in four Americans suffers from some kind of mental illness in any given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Many look to their church for spiritual guidance in times of distress. But they’re unlikely to find much help on Sunday mornings. …read more From:: LW Research