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

Pastors Seldom Preach About Domestic Violence

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A new survey from LifeWay Research found that most Protestant senior pastors say they know victims of domestic violence and believe stopping abuse is a pro-life issue. But those pastors seldom address domestic violence from the pulpit. And less than half have been trained in how to help victims. …read more From:: LW Research

Panelists discuss theological disagreements while agreeing on evangelism need

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Participants in a panel discussion held during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting were open about their disagreements concerning theology and evangelism, but agreed about the urgency to evangelize.

The breakfast meeting was sponsored by The Gospel Project and drew more than 500 people for an honest, spirited, and entertaining discussion about how differing views of salvation impact the way Christians do ministry and mission.