Protestant churchgoers in America remain generous during difficult economic times, and their churches have increased their ministry to the needy. Despite the country being in an official recession for the past year, giving in 2008 was up an average of 4 percent over 2007 according to a survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors by Lifeway Research.
Most American parents feel their parenting skills and family life are pretty good, but they are reluctant to describe their homes as peaceful, relaxed or joyful and their daily family time consists mostly of eating dinner and watching television, according to a new study from Lifeway Research. While most parents are trying to improve their skills, far fewer look to the church or the Bible for help.
The vast majority of parents hope their children grow up to live good lives, but for many, parental success does not include faith in God - even among parents who are evangelical Christians, according to a new study from Lifeway Research.
Despite worries among evangelicals that Americans are set against attending church, most people would attend if invited in the right manner.
The large majority of Southern Baptists believe strongly in the Cooperative Program (CP) - the Southern Baptist Convention's unified approach to missions support - because it allows congregations to accomplish more together than they could achieve by themselves. New data from Lifeway Research indicates 1 in 4 pastors see room for improvement in how CP dollars are allocated and how efficiently they are being used.
As a hotly contested presidential election approaches, Americans strongly believe churches should tread lightly when it comes to political activity.