Most Churchgoers Won’t Skip Church for Football


Most American churchgoers would rather attend church than watch their favorite football team. But a few diehard fans are willing to miss out on worship to watch a game.

About 1 in 7 churchgoers (15 percent) say they’d skip church in order to watch their favorite football team, according to a survey of 994 churchgoers from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

Research: Americans Agree U.S. Has Come Far In Race Relations, But Long Way To Go


Race relations in America are better than they used to be. And most Americans see diversity as a good thing.

But there’s still a long way to go, according to two new surveys from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

Researchers asked 1,000 Americans and 1,000 Protestant pastors about their views on race relations. They found many Americans have mixed feelings about the state of racial diversity in the United States.

New Research: Christmas Goes Better with a Trip to Church


  By Bob Smietana NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Christmas is a time for family, faith and a little bit of controversy. This year, it’s a set of atheist billboards featuring a fictional letter from a little girl who has lost her religion and says she’s too old for fairy tales. “Dear Santa,” the billboard reads, “All I […]

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


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


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 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


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