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U.S. pastors identify their greatest needs

NASHVILLE (BP) – Pastors face unique difficulties inherent in their career, but what are their greatest needs? Pastors themselves say they're most concerned about seeing their churchgoers grow spiritually and making connections with those outside of their churches. 

New Year’s resolutions focus on health, God and money

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — After a season in which avoiding sickness was on most everyone’s mind, many Americans say their New Year’s resolutions address their health.

Lifeway India launches first-of-its-kind ‘Telugu Study Bible’

HYDERABAD, India (BP) – Tears fell and prayers rose as members of the Telugu Study Bible team saw their completed project for the first time Dec. 9.

Christmas celebrates a historical event, Americans say

NASHVILLE (BP) – Christmas is a celebration of a real event, according to most Americans. Just don’t expect them to know exactly why Jesus was born and came to earth.

Few Americans confident they could tell biblical Christmas story

NASHVILLE (BP) – Most people in America may hang Christmas decorations and exchange gifts on Dec. 25, but few say they could give all the details about the biblical Christmas story.

Most churches find financial stability in 2021

NASHVILLE (BP) – Emerging from the pandemic, most churches don’t seem to be underwater financially, but many are treading water.

Almost all churches and most churchgoers are now gathering in person

NASHVILLE (BP) – More U.S. Protestant churches are gathering in person since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and pastors say most churchgoers have returned as well.

Few pastors left the pulpit despite increased pressure

NASHVILLE (BP) – Pastors faced increased stress during the COVID-19 pandemic, as churches were frequently forced to adapt overnight. More felt their role was overwhelming at times, yet very few pastors decided to actually leave the ministry in recent years.

Online services expanded reach of churches during pandemic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, online worship services were a novel concept for many churches. In the almost two years since, however, churches have adapted and reached new people with the adoption of digital streaming.

Most Americans see churches as helpful during pandemic

NASHVILLE (BP) – Many Americans found themselves in need as the COVID-19 pandemic caused significant loss of life, medical burdens and business closures. Most say local churches were helpful during this difficult season, but some didn’t see the aid congregations were offering.