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Pastors now more skittish to preach on race

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Pastors seem more reluctant to address issues of race in their congregations today than four years ago. According to a LifeWay Research study, 74% of pastors agree their congregation would welcome a sermon ...

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Going to church is good for mental health, especially in 2020

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People who attend church were the only group of Americans who didn’t see the state of their mental health decline this year, according to a Gallup Poll. The share of Americans who ...

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Pastors say pandemic economy still hurting congregations

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After a few years of economic optimism, pastors say the pandemic economy is still hurting their congregation. The news comes as many cities across the U.S. still have restrictions in place for ...

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Grants totalling $93 million will help 92 churches strengthen bonds

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Lilly Endowment has awarded 92 grants to strengthen Christian congregations so they can help people deepen their relationships with God, build strong relationships with each other and contribute to the flourishing of ...

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Poll: Pastors worried election will impact congregations

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A poll of protestant pastors has found they’re worried that the 2020 election will have a negative impact on their church congregations. The news comes as faith is being used as a ...

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Five types of church members who will not return when covid-19 eases

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It is one of the most common questions we get from church leaders: When will all the church members return to in-person services? Leaders do not like my response: Never. It is ...

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National Association of Evangelicals kicks off Bless Your Pastor campaign

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Being a pastor is challenging at any time but especially so during the current pandemic. Nine of 10 pastors in the United States are under financial pressure, and six of 10 churches ...

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Churchgoers concerned about impact of fallen leaders, survey finds

Several high-profile Christian leaders have abandoned or fallen away from their faith recently. Churchgoers are concerned about not only them but other people they may influence, according to a recent LifeWay research ...

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Fellowship Church of Greenwood will host church replant summit

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Fellowship Church of Greenwood will be the host for the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board’s Replant Summit in August. The church provides a good example of what attendees hope to replicate ...

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Message to churches: Just streaming your service won’t cut it

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With all of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing churches and pastors can be sure about is that streaming an online service is simply not enough. As ministers of the ...

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Pastors advised to protect their mental health during pandemic

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Pastors are struggling as they cope with stressed-out congregations during the pandemic. Their denominational leaders caution them to also look out for their own wellbeing. The National Association of Evangelicals shared advice ...

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Jewish congregations adapt to new reality of online services

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As most Christians transition to online services, traditional Jewish congregations also are adjusting to the new reality. Although many have livestreamed Shabbat services for years — mostly for the benefit of shut-ins ...

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Communication by churches can ease coronavirus fears

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Amid mounting fears of a global coronavirus pandemic, a faith-based communications agency warns ministries, churches and other organizations not to “go silent” in a sudden crisis. “It’s imperative that any organization confronted ...

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Multiracial churches present challenges for pastors of color

For four hours at a megachurch outside of Dallas, pastors of color shared their personal stories of leading a multiracial church. One, a lead pastor of a Southern Baptist congregation in Salt ...

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Southern Baptists release report on sex abuse

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A report on sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention and member churches was released by the organization’s advisory council on Saturday. Coming just a few days before their annual meeting on ...

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10 reasons to be optimistic about the church in 2019

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Despite the tough reality many congregations face today, I remain an obnoxious optimist as we move into 2019. Just yesterday, I received an email about a church that I thought was headed ...

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The Age Gap in Religion Around the World

By several measures, young adults tend to be less religious than their elders; the opposite is rarely true. In the United States, religious congregations have been graying for decades, and young adults ...

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