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Learning from church switching trends

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) –  Even as the front doors of churches swing wide to welcome new faces to the congregation, the back doors creak open as others make their way out to another church.

Lifeway’s 2025 VBS theme ‘Magnified!’ leads kids to explore God’s greatness

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) — God is beyond our complete understanding, yet we can know Him and have a personal relationship with Him. He keeps the world turning yet is never too busy for us. He created massive galaxies, yet still gave even the tiniest creature incredible detail. How can all these things be true?

Lifeway seeks to prepare generation for revival at 2024 camps

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) – The Lifeway camps team has been watching to see where God is working and is ready to join Him this summer through FUGE Camps and Student Life Camp by preparing a generation for revival.

Pastoral hypocrisy and bad preaching are a turnoff to churchgoers

For many pastors, it’s difficult to not take it personally when people leave their church. But according to a recent Lifeway Research study, most churchgoers aren’t leaving a church because they have a personal complaint against the pastor. During the research screening process, it was determined only 53% of U.S. regular churchgoers say they have attended more than one church as an adult. Among these, most say their church change was impacted by a residential move (60%). Still, 40% of church changes were driven by something other than a residential move.

Lifeway helps churches prepare early for VBS

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — As churches across the country are thinking about this year’s ministry opportunities, many of them are setting aside time during the early months to plan for VBS this summer. Lifeway provides training and encouragement for church leaders and volunteers because VBS makes a difference for kids, families, communities, churches and the world.

Most churches’ fiscal years begin in January, more variety in who makes the budget

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) – For most pastors, the start of a new calendar year also indicates the start of a new fiscal year for their churches. But there is much more variety among pastors when it comes to who is involved in making the budget for the fiscal year.

Pastors planning several Christmas events churchgoers say they enjoy

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Churches are offering Christmas events and activities beyond weekly worship services this Christmas season, which will make many churchgoers happy.

Lifeway Women equips women for leadership grounded in God’s faithfulness

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn (BP) – What does God’s faithfulness have to do with your leadership? At Lifeway Women’s Leadership Forum, women studied God’s faithfulness and examined how it transforms their leadership in ministry, the workplace and their homes.

Church switchers identify factors behind their decision, expect a lot from new congregation

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) – Most adult churchgoers in the United States don’t frequently switch churches. But if they make a congregational change, it’s likely they made a residential change first. And those who switch have high expectations for their new congregation.

Churchgoers, leaders find value in ministry to women

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) – Ministry leaders and women churchgoers believe ministry to women is working in their congregations, but both feel there’s room for improvement.