Pastors value denominations now, not as sure about the future

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. A LifeWay Research study asked Protestant pastors their thoughts on the importance of denominations and […]

U.S. churchgoers say they’ll return post-COVID

Churchgoers aren’t attending yet at pre-pandemic levels, but most say they value gathering with their congregation and are anxious to do so when the threat of COVID-19 ends. A study of 1,000 Protestant churchgoers in the U.S. from LifeWay Research found that when COVID-19 is no longer an active threat to people’s health, 91 percent […]

Conspiracy theories prevalent in churches, new study finds

While Americans have been caught in a whirlwind of conspiracy theories the last several months, many pastors say they hear such unfounded claims from their church members. A new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research finds 49 percent of U.S. Protestant pastors say they frequently hear members of their congregation repeating conspiracy theories they have heard […]

Americans less optimistic about race relations, study shows

Fewer Americans believe the nation has made significant progress in race relations. A new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research conducted prior to the 2020 election finds U.S. adults are less likely now than in 2014 to agree with the statement “We have come so far on racial relations.” Today, 46 percent say America has made […]

Are pastors growing more hesitant to preach on race?

Pastors seem more reluctant to address issues of race in their congregations today than four years ago. According to a LifeWay Research study, 74 percent of pastors agree their congregation would welcome a sermon on racial reconciliation, with 32 percent strongly agreeing. In 2016, however, 90 percent of pastors believed their congregation would be open […]

Few churches back to pre-COVID attendance, offering levels

The vast majority of U.S. Protestant churches say they are holding in-person services, but churchgoers have yet to attend in the numbers they did before the coronavirus pandemic struck, and many pastors say the 2020 economy is hurting their congregation. According to a recent survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research, 87 percent of Protestant pastors in […]

Churchgoers confident in the Bible, but sometimes find it challenging

Editor’s note: LifeWay defines a churchgoer as someone who attends at least one religious service a month. Most churchgoers say they can address doubts others have about the Bible, but half admit they have problems understanding Scripture on their own. Despite repeatedly affirming confidence in their own abilities to explain and understand the Bible, a […]

Most churches cautiously holding services again

Churches are gathering again, but services and programs remain drastically different from the beginning of the year. At the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to previous surveys from LifeWay Research, Protestant churches across the U.S. stopped gathering in-person in a matter of weeks.  The latest LifeWay Research survey of Protestant pastors found congregations have […]

Are Believers Seeing Signs of End Times in Current Events?

Almost 9 in 10 pastors see at least some current events matching those Jesus said would occur shortly before He returns to earth, according to a new survey focused on Christian eschatology, or the study of end times. A study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research of pastors at evangelical and historically black churches found 97 percent […]

Most churches have stopped gathering, few plan to meet on Easter

The coronavirus outbreak has had ripple effects across the country, including in U.S. churches, according to a new study of pastors. Nashville-based LifeWay Research asked Protestant pastors how the pandemic has impacted their congregations and what their plans are for the near future. While nearly all pastors say their church held in-person worship services at […]