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Separation of Church and School


LifeWay Research conducted a study in response to the recent controversy in New York City regarding churches’ rights to meet in schools across the city. The majority of those surveyed (65%) said public schools should rent to churches. A smaller 16% said schools should only allow community groups to meet on their property after hours while a slim 1% took the opposite stance, opting to allow only churches to use school buildings for meetings. Just 12% felt neither churches nor community groups should be allowed to use school buildings for their weekly meetings. Consider helping church plants affected by legislation blocking them from meeting in schools by supporting them through Send North America: New York (namb.net/newyorkcity).
Source: LifeWay Research, February 2, 2012


 


What do you think of us?


A new study by LifeWay Research reveals that Americans have rather polarizing views when it comes to Southern Baptist churches. Slightly more than half (53%) of Americans indicate an overall favorable attitude toward SBC churches while one-third of the population admit to believing that Southern Baptist churches are not “for them.” The study goes further, breaking down the findings regionally:


WEST 43% Favorable 44% Unfavorable


MIDWEST 60% Favorable 36% Unfavorable


SOUTH 57% Favorable 40% Unfavorable


NORTHEAST 51% Favorable 34% Unfavorable


As we work to plant more SBC churches through Send: North America efforts, consider how to best reach these and other areas for Christ.
Source: Baptist Press, December 7, 2011


 


 


this & that
Disaster Relief
In 2011, U.S. residents were hit by 12 significant weather-related events, each of which cost at least $1 billion in clean up and rebuild efforts. Looking to get involved in helping Southern Baptists support areas affected by disaster? Visit namb.net/dr.
Source: Time Magazine, January 9, 2012


Growing World
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. population hit 312 million as of 2012. Researchers are estimating continued population growth this year, with one new baby born every eight seconds and one person added through immigration every 46 seconds.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau and Crosswalk.com


John 3:16
A poll conducted by the Barna Group revealed that 68% of people recognize and understand what the numbers represent when they see the commonly used Scripture reference John 3:16. Some 15% answered incorrectly when asked what the “three” meant. And 17% ventured no guess at all.
Source: Baptist Press, January 23, 2012


A Great Divide
Almost two-thirds of the American public believe there is a strong and active conflict between the rich and poor in the nation. Around 63% say there is a definitive division and conflict between the two socio-economic groups, up from the 47% who took this stance in 2009.
Source: Pew Research, January 11, 2012


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