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Jun 24, 2015
Survey

The 2015 Exchange Reader Survey

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The 2015 Exchange Reader Survey

Hello blog readers! Ed Stetzer here.

Starting today and going through 11:59pm next Wedsnesday, July 1st, I am asking all of you to participate in the inaugural, and what will hopefully be annual, Reader Survey for The Exchange.

My team and I have some changes in mind ...

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Jun 24, 2015
Research

Special Events and the Church: New Research from Eventbrite

A new study commissioned by Eventbrite looks at the effects of special religious events.
Special Events and the Church: New Research from Eventbrite
Image: SimonEast / Wikipedia

I’m a stats nerd.

If you read this blog with any regularity and you don’t know that yet, I’ve failed you. I’m the executive director of LifeWay Research, so naturally I like analyzing and explaining the data we collect. But, at the same time, I love ...

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Jun 12, 2015
Denominations

The Rapid Rise of Nondenominational Christianity: My Most Recent Piece at CNN

Membership, baptism, and weekly attendance numbers are down in the largest evangelical denomination, but evangelicalism is a different story.
The Rapid Rise of Nondenominational Christianity: My Most Recent Piece at CNN
Image: Courtesy of the General Sociological Survey

CNN has posted a story I wrote describing the drastic rise of nondenominationalism among those whose religious preference is "Protestant." Here is the chart that tells the story visually, that we describe there verbally.

Using a baseline average from 1972–1976, ...

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Jun 9, 2015
Research

The Present and Future of Evangelicalism: An Interview with Dr. Rodney Stark

I recently talked with renowned sociologist Dr. Rodney Stark about the present and future of evangelicalism.
The Present and Future of Evangelicalism: An Interview with Dr. Rodney Stark
Image: Michael Swan / Flickr

We at LifeWay Research are in the process of doing a major project on evangelicalism, and I’ve been contacting some scholars on the subject. It’s interesting to note that the scholarly view of the state and future of evangelicalism tends to be very different from ...

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Feb 12, 2015
Research

NEW RESEARCH: How Americans View Islam

The way Americans and American pastors view Islam is affected by the work of ISIS.
NEW RESEARCH: How Americans View Islam
Image: Lilian Wagdy / Wikipedia

Yesterday, LifeWay Research released new data on how Americans and American protestant pastors view Islam in light of ISIS. USA TODAY ran a story with our data. Here's a brief excerpt:

More than a quarter of Americans and nearly half of senior Protestant pastors say ...
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Jan 31, 2015
Research

Saturday is for Seminars: New Christian Media Research to be Released at NRB Convention 2015

Join LifeWay Research at the NRB annual convention in February for new research on who engages Christian media.

“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Matthew 5:14 (HCSB)

“We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”
Colossians 1:28 (HCSB)

Inherent ...

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Dec 29, 2014
Exponential

The Spiritual Openness of the Younger Unchurched

What's the status of the church and how might we share the gospel in this time?
The Spiritual Openness of the Younger Unchurched

There's an idea that Christianity in America is dying. No serious researcher—not one—thinks that. However, I still am surprised that some people think this. (For a quick analysis, see this article.)

Facts are our friends, in this and in every situation, ...

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Dec 16, 2014
Research

The Church and Mental Illness Part 3: Pastors' Struggles and Churches' Support

In our final part of this series, we look at pastors' struggles with mental illness and the supportiveness of churches.
The Church and Mental Illness Part 3: Pastors' Struggles and Churches' Support
Image: Ryan Melaugh / Flickr

In my first post, I began discussing the results of some recent research conducted by LifeWay Research (in partnership with Focus on the Family and an anonymous donor) on the church and mental illness. I shared information that reveals the current general view of pastors on ...

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Dec 10, 2014
Research

New Research: Americans Want to Keep Christ in Christmas

What do Americans think about the Christian part of the Christmas season?
New Research: Americans Want to Keep Christ in Christmas
Image: travisspencer / flickr

In recent years there has been some significant discussion and controversy over the de-Christianization of Christmas. With shop workers being told to say "Happy Holidays" the over-emphasis of Santa Claus, Elf on the Shelf, and other such traditions, many have felt ...

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Dec 9, 2014
Research

The Church and Mental Illness Part 2: Medicine and Therapy

How do pastors feel about mental illness medication and therapy?
The Church and Mental Illness Part 2: Medicine and Therapy
Image: Tom Varco / Wikipedia

In my last post, I began discussing the results of some recent research conducted by LifeWay Research on the church and mental illness. I laid out information that reveals the current general view of pastors on the subject, some of which is encouraging and some of which is rather ...

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Dec 4, 2014
Research

New Research: The Divorce of Church and State in Marriage?

Americans and pastors weigh in on the relationship between the church and State when it comes to marriage.
New Research: The Divorce of Church and State in Marriage?
Image: alexramos10 / flickr

Marriage. It's what brings us together today.

This week, LifeWay Research released new data on what Americans think about the relationship of church and state as it pertains to the definition of marriage and how each institution should (or shouldn't) play a role. ...

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Dec 2, 2014
Research

The Church and Mental Illness Part 1: Aspirations v. Reality

A significant percentage of pastors aspire to address mental illness, but how many actually do?
The Church and Mental Illness Part 1: Aspirations v. Reality

Mental health has been a hot topic of conversation lately, and rightly so, because the church honestly doesn’t know how to deal with the multi-faceted issue.

At Facts & Trends, our LifeWay magazine where I serve as the Executive Editor, we decided to do a cover ...

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Nov 20, 2014
Research

Immigration and Church—Why It Matters

New research shows pastors recognize the responsibility of caring for the immigrant.
Immigration and Church—Why It Matters

Tonight, President Barack Obama is speaking in prime-time on the issue of immigration. Many think he is going to explain and enact an executive order protecting approximately five million people from being deported out of the United States.

Like many other evangelical leaders, ...

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Oct 13, 2014
Mental Illness

Mental Illness and the Church: An Analysis, a guest post by David Murray

What do the stats tell us about how the church deals with mental illness?
Mental Illness and the Church: An Analysis, a guest post by David Murray

Just over a year ago, a Christian family that has struggled with severe mental illness in their family circles for many years decided to donate a large sum of money to fund research into acute mental illness and the Christian faith. Their burden and passion was to help sufferers, ...

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Sep 22, 2014
Research

New Research: Mental Illness Still Taboo for Many Pastors

New research suggests Christians struggle with mental illness and pastors feel unequipped to help.
New Research: Mental Illness Still Taboo for Many Pastors
Image: Alex Proimos / Wikimedia

Recently at LifeWay Research, we've been doing an extensive series of studies on mental health and the church. Working with various organizations and churches, our hope is to better equip the people of God to minister to those struggling with mental illness. To download ...

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