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5 Best Ways to Honor Your Pastor All Year

We have a choice in whether we express our gratitude for the work of ministers. But Scripture is clear about the right choice. Read More The post 5 Best Ways to Honor Your Pastor All Year … more

9 Characteristics of Spiritually Healthy and Numerically Growing Churches

What helps a church break free of the overall trajectory of decline most U.S. congregations find themselves in—these nine factors. Read More The post 9 Characteristics of Spiritually … more

Few Pastors Left the Pulpit Despite Increased Pressure

Pastors increasingly feel their role can be overwhelming, yet very few decided to actually leave the ministry in recent years, according to a Lifeway Research study. Read More The post Few … more

More Americans Read the Bible During the Pandemic

Whether it was due to contemplating mortality or simply having more free time, more Americans read the Bible at least occasionally in 2021. Read More The post More Americans Read the Bible … more

Small Churches Continue Growing—but in Number, not Size

U.S. congregations are increasingly small, while U.S. churchgoers are increasingly headed toward larger churches. Read More The post Small Churches Continue Growing—but in Number, not … more

2 in 3 U.S. Churchgoers Say They’re Back to In-Person Attendance

A growing majority of churchgoers have returned to in-person worship services, but a sizable number still didn't physically attend last month. Read More The post 2 in 3 U.S. Churchgoers … more

13 Things a Churchgoer Should Never Say to a Pastor

Pastors share some of the most discouraging things they've heard members of their church say to them. Let's avoid all of these. Read More The post 13 Things a Churchgoer Should Never Say … more

Online Services Expanded Reach of Churches During Pandemic

Almost half of Americans say they watched a church service online during the pandemic, including some who don’t normally physically attend. Read More The post Online Services Expanded … more

The Not-So-Surprising Reason Kids Grow up to Be Atheists

God is the One opening hearts and minds to receive Him, but we can stay passionate in partnering with Him to reach future generations. Read More The post The Not-So-Surprising Reason Kids … more

7 Questions to Help You Better Know (and Love) Your Community

Everyone in our community needs Christ, but many times we can feel lost knowing how to help our congregation start connecting with people. Read More The post 7 Questions to Help You … more

Less Religious Violence, More Government Interference Across Globe

Religious people around the world may be safer from social hostilities but more at risk from government restrictions, according to analysis from Pew Research. Read More The post Less … more

How Experts Identify Biblical Remnants in the Dead Sea Scrolls

How can an archeologist identify such tiny fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls? Let's walk through how to identify them. Read More The post How Experts Identify Biblical Remnants in the Dead … more

5 Keys to Preventing Church Dropouts

If these principles guide your student ministry, you’ll make it less likely those students become part of the dropout statistics. Read More The post 5 Keys to Preventing Church Dropouts … more

Emerging Religious Groups in U.S. Offer Concerns, Opportunities for Evangelicals

Despite their relative obscurity to many leaders, new religious groups are growing throughout the United States. Is your church prepared? Read More The post Emerging Religious Groups in … more

Eternally Up to Date: Developing a Ministry That Lasts Beyond This Moment

The ultimate goal should not be to teach people how best to live in this present moment, but rather to cultivate people fit to live in eternity. Read More The post Eternally Up to Date: … more

10 Ways to Bless Your Pastors This Month

October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and it’s hitting me a little differently this year. A few weeks ago, I transitioned to a new season of ministry as the associational mission strategist of … more

The Pandemic Changed Abortion in the U.S., Churches Must Respond

Let’s learn to help our members make wise decisions for their lives and the life of that unborn baby for God’s purposes and glory. Read More The post The Pandemic Changed Abortion in … more

6 Ways to Lose Your Ministry

Despite all the documented stress, few pastors leave the pulpit behind each year. On average, 1% of senior Protestant pastors leave the pastorate each year for reasons other than death or retirement, … more

2 Steps Churches Can Take to Break the Cycle of Racism

How can church leaders stop the racially charged cycle in America? Two steps can help our churches and society move toward improvement. Read More The post 2 Steps Churches Can Take to … more

Most Americans See Churches as Helpful During Pandemic

Most say local churches were helpful during this difficult season, but some didn’t see the aid congregations were offering. Read More The post Most Americans See Churches as Helpful … more
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