Fewer churches face limited cash reserves
NASHVILLE (BP) – After enduring difficult economic seasons recently, churches are better prepared for financial rainy days than they were prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rise in LGBTQ+ population slows
After climbing steadily for almost a decade, the percentage of Americans who identify as LGBTQ remained steady at 7.2% in 2022, according to the latest Gallup survey.
Most pastors, churchgoers see more than monthly attendance as standard
NASHVILLE (BP) – If you want to be considered a regular at a local church by those behind the pulpit and in the pews, you’ll probably need to show up in person at least a couple times a month.
Public trust in pastors falls to historic low
As fewer Americans interact with pastors on a regular basis, fewer say they trust clergy overall.
Lifeway trustees celebrate momentum, new initiatives
ORLANDO, Fla. – In their first meeting of 2023, the Lifeway Christian Resources Board of Trustees heard how the organization plans to leverage recent growth momentum and better serve the church in coming years.
U.S. Hispanic Protestant landscape full of growing, vibrant churches
NASHVILLE (BP) – Hispanic churches in the United States face unique challenges but are finding success in building community within their congregations and reaching those outside their walls.
Most churches plan to open on Christmas and New Year’s Day
NASHVILLE (BP) – On Christmas Day, churches plan to welcome “all ye faithful” and anyone else who wants to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Pastors say Christmas Eve is most-attended holiday service
NASHVILLE (BP) – The closer it gets to Christmas, the more likely it is church pews will be filled.
Churches shouldn’t miss impact of thanksgiving
Churches invest significant time in services and outreach during Christmas and Easter—for good reason. Most churches see two of their highest-attended events and worship services during the year around those holidays, according to a Lifeway Research study.
Churches are open but still recovering from pandemic attendance losses
NASHVILLE (BP) — Almost every church in the U.S. is holding in-person services again, but some pre-pandemic churchgoers still haven’t returned.