Aaron Earls

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Most pastors feel supported by other local ministers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The vast majority of pastors say they feel support from other ministers in their communities, but that encouragement is less prevalent in some places.

U.S. Protestant pastors say sexually abusive ministers should step down permanently

NASHVILLE (BP) – As Christian groups and denominations debate the proper response to clergy sexual misconduct (both child sexual abuse and adult sexual assault), most pastors believe those who commit such crimes should withdraw from public ministry permanently.

Mandrell highlights God’s provision and future direction of Lifeway

NASHVILLE (BP) – Ben Mandrell, Lifeway Christian Resources president and CEO, expressed confidence in the future of the organization during his report to messengers at the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting on Wednesday (June 16).

Pastors value denominations now, not as sure about the future

NASHVILLE (BP) – As many Protestant denominations prepare to gather this summer for their national meetings, most pastors believe it is vital for their church to be part of a denomination but doubt the importance of those types of ties lasting another decade.

Overall number of Protestant churches declines despite SBC growth

NASHVILLE (BP) – U.S. Protestant churches endured a difficult 2020, including starting the year with fewer congregations.

Most pastors oppose marijuana use, legalization

NASHVILLE (BP) – As more Americans have access to legal marijuana, most U.S. Protestant pastors remain opposed to its use and legalization.

Pandemic altered U.S. churchgoers’ discipleship practices

NASHVILLE (BP) – Fewer churchgoers filled pews and Bible studies during the pandemic, but many still continued personal discipleship habits throughout 2020.

Americans’ views of life’s meaning and purpose are changing

NASHVILLE (BP) – As Americans attempt to move past the life-altering effects of 2020, their perspective is shifting on some of the most significant questions facing humanity.

Pastors, churchgoers tired but hopeful for Easter 2021

NASHVILLE (BP) – Working through a time of grief. Exhausted from what they’ve been through. Excited about what’s to come.

Churchgoers proud of church’s COVID-19 response

NASHVILLE (BP) – Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, churches responded to serve churchgoers in a variety of ways, and churchgoers are overwhelmingly proud of how their church handled the crisis.