Lifeway has put in the Nov/Dec issue of Facts & Trends the details of a new study that looks at the life and challenges of smaller Southern Baptist churches (

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Most pastors of smaller-membership Southern Baptist churches see what God is calling their congregations to be and do and have laid the groundwork for accomplishing the mission, but their efforts to lead are frustrated by “turf” battles and a failure to clarify and evaluate plans, according to a new study by LifeWay Research.

Findings of the study, published in the November/December issue of Facts & Trends, suggest that pastors could see their smaller-membership congregations make progress by evaluating church ministries, organizing to reach their goals and planning for the future. Facts & Trends is the official news magazine of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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