Who do Americans think can best lead discussion of nation's woes?

 
America has its problems and needs to talk. But according to a new study, few Americans agree on who can best lead a conversation about the nation's woes. Less than a quarter (23 percent) would turn to the office of the U.S. president. About one in 10 would turn to the nation's preachers (11 percent) or to college professors (10 percent), a survey by LifeWay Research shows. "Almost no one would ask a musician or pro athlete," said Scott McConnell, executive director of ...

Study: Pastors prefer 'Undecided' to Clinton or Trump

 
Political endorsements by preachers appear to have been few and far between this election season. That may be because the most popular candidate among preachers is "I don't know," a new study shows. A new report from LifeWay Research found four out of 10 Protestant pastors are undecided about which candidate to vote for. A third (32 percent) plan to vote for Donald Trump. One in 5 (19 percent) plans to vote for Hillary Clinton. Four percent support Gary Johnson. Three percent do not ...

Study: Americans love God & Bible, fuzzy on details

 
Americans don’t know much about theology. Most say God wrote the Bible. But they’re not sure everything in it is true. Six in 10 say everyone eventually goes to heaven, but half say only those who believe in Jesus will be saved. And while seven in 10 say there’s only one true God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—two-thirds say God accepts worship of all faiths. Those are among the findings of a ...

2016 study of SBC church staff compensation, benefits available

 
Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist church staff members has exceeded the cost-of-living increase over the past two years. However, health insurance coverage continues to decline, according to the 2016 SBC Church Compensation Study. The biannual study is a joint project of state Baptist conventions, GuideStone Financial Resources and LifeWay Christian Resources. Compensation and congregational data is collected anonymously from ministers and office/custodial personnel of Southern Baptist churches and church-type missions. Compensation increasing Compensation (salary plus housing) increased 3.4 percent for full-time ...

Study: Few pastors asked to perform same-sex weddings

 
More than 100,000 same-sex couples have tied the knot since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages nationwide last year. But for preachers, being asked to do a same-sex wedding remains rare, a new study shows. A new survey by LifeWay Research found 11 percent of Protestant senior pastors have been asked to perform a same-sex wedding. Baptist pastors (1 percent) are the least likely to say they were asked to perform a same-sex wedding. Presbyterian/Reformed pastors (26 percent) are most likely. Overall, pastors ...

Study: Most Americans don't think changing genders is morally wrong

 
Most Americans see nothing morally wrong with gender change, a study released July 14 shows. Six in 10 Americans don't think it's wrong for people to identify with a gender different from their birth sex, according to a LifeWay Research survey conducted Sept. 14-28, 2015. And more than half don't think it's wrong to switch genders by taking hormones or having surgery. The findings indicate most Americans don't see moral significance in being born male or female, said Scott McConnell, executive director of ...

Study: Unchurched will talk about faith

 
Americans who don't go to church are happy to talk about religion and often think about the meaning of life, according to a new study released today (June 28). They're also open to taking part in community service events hosted at a church or going to a church concert, the research revealed. But only about a third say they'd be interested in going to a worship service, and few think about what happens after they die. Those are among the findings ...

Scott McConnell to lead LifeWay Research

 
Scott McConnell has been named executive director of LifeWay Research, a Nashville-based evangelical firm specializing in surveys about faith in culture and matters affecting the church. McConnell, 45, succeeds Ed Stetzer, who will join Wheaton College's faculty July 1 as The Billy Graham Distinguished Endowed Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism in addition to serving as executive director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at the Chicago-area college. McConnell has been a researcher for LifeWay Christian Resources for nearly 20 years, generating ...

Survey shows prison ministry not priority for most Protestant pastors, churches

 
While most Protestant pastors visit correctional facilities and want to help prisoners and their families, their churches often lack the training or finances to run an effective prison ministry. Those are among the findings of a new phone survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors from LifeWay Research. Researchers found widespread support among pastors for the idea of prison ministry. Eighty-three percent of pastors have visited a correctional facility. And nearly all believe churches should help families of those incarcerated (97 percent) and ...

Pastors' views on handling misconduct surveyed

 
There's no consensus among Protestant pastors whether a colleague accused of misconduct should step down from the pulpit for a time, according to a LifeWay Research survey released May 10. Few respondents, however, say pastors who commit adultery should be permanently banned from ministry, LifeWay Research reported on the findings of a telephone survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors. "Pastors believe church leaders should be held to high standards," said Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research, based in Nashville, Tenn. "They ...

Study reveals top 5 reasons pastors leave pastorate

 
No sabbatical. No help with counseling. No clear picture of what's expected. In a new study, hundreds of former senior pastors say these were the crucial elements missing from the final churches they led before quitting the pastorate. The study by LifeWay Research points to ways churches can encourage pastors to stay in the ministry, said Ed Stetzer, executive director of the research organization."Almost half of those who left the pastorate said their church wasn't doing any of the ...