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SBC Pastor Salaries Increase, Paid Health Insurance Declines

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By Martin King

Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist church staff members has exceeded the cost-of-living increase over the past two years. However, health insurance coverage continues to decline, according to the 2016 SBC Church Compensation Study.

The biannual study is a joint project of state Baptist conventions, GuideStone …read more

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Skip the Endorsements in Church, Say Most Americans

By Bob Smietana

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Since the 1950s, the IRS has banned preachers from endorsing candidates during church services.

Most Americans seem to like it that way.

Eight in 10 (79 percent) say it is inappropriate for pastors to endorse a candidate in church. Three-quarters say churches should steer clear of endorsements.

Yet fewer than …read more

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Research: Few Pastors Asked to Perform Same-Sex Weddings, Less Than Half Allow LGBT to Serve in Church

By Bob Smietana

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — More than 100,000 same-sex couples have tied the knot since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages nationwide last year.

But for preachers, being asked to do a same-sex wedding remains rare.

A new survey by Nashville-based LifeWay Research found 11 percent of Protestant senior pastors …read more

The Exchange Show

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The State of Evangelism–The Exchange Podcast #138

On this podcast of The Exchange, Dr. John Sorensen, President of Evangelism Explosion International, a ministry that has trained millions of Christians around the world to share Christ, discusses the state of evangelism, research on evangelism trends, as well as myths and methods of evangelism. Also, Derwin Gray teaches on …read more

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Museum of the Bible–The Exchange Podcast #137

On this podcast of The Exchange with Ed Stetzer, Cary Summers, President of the Museum of the Bible, spoke with Ed about the 430,000-square-foot nonprofit museum currently under construction in Washington, D.C. In 2017. Also on the program Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile talks to us about what it means to be …read more

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Global Persecution–Jason Peters–The Exchange Podcast #136

On this podcast of The Exchange with Ed Stetzer:

Dr. Jason Peters, Associate Vice President for The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM). As a global voice for the persecuted church, Dr. Peters travels frequently to meet face-to-face with persecuted believers around the world and equips VOM to tell their stories. He …read more

Facts & Trends

Disciple-making: Taking the Assembly Line Out of Discipleship

By Ed Stetzer

What if we misunderstand the primary function of being a Christian? Jesus told us to make disciples. But is that what we’re actually doing in our churches?

When people talk about becoming Christians, growing as Christians, and sharing how others become Christians, it sounds as if there is a …read more

Can Small Be Healthy?

By Ed Stetzer

Many American Christians have this idea that if a church is big, it must be better, but that’s not necessarily the case. Our obsession with “bigness” can be a reflection of American values, instead of biblical ones.

While we often pull our cultural values into our measuring grid for …read more

The Immigration Crisis and the Great Commission

By Ed Stetzer

Nothing describes the state of global immigration better than the word “crisis.” More people are migrating today than at any other time in history. Migration occurs for many reasons. For some people, migration is a chance for new opportunities, education, or employment. For others, migration is driven by …read more