Briefing: Data reveals Christmas church going trends, Angel Tree to ask volunteers to sign a statement of faith

Lisa Misner —  December 22, 2015

The_Briefing_ChristmasNew data reveals Christmas churchgoing trends

In a recent poll, LifeWay Research found among those who don’t attend church at Christmastime, a majority (57%) say they would likely attend if someone they knew invited them. Americans living in the South (66%) and Midwest (64%) are more likely to attend church at Christmastime than those in the Northeast (57%) and West (53%).

3 surprising news items that spiked online Bible searches in 2015

When news broke in 2015, many searched beyond the pages of a newspaper to the pages of Scripture for information about current events, according to an analysis of online Bible searches at

Angel Tree to ask volunteers to sign a statement of faith

Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program will require its coordinators to affirm its statement of faith beginning Jan. 1, 2016. The organization’s statement of faith does put it at odds with liberal churches that do not share its stand on issues of life, marriage, and the inerrancy of scripture.

SBC pastor prays with Caitlyn Jenner in Texas mega church

Transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner, prayed with Pastor Ed Young Sr. at a Christmas pageant at Houston’s Second Baptist Church. Jenner attended the church of Young Sr., who opposed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, for the reality series “I Am Cait.”

Democrats criticize Trump, other Republicans on Islam

In the final Democratic presidential debate of the year, all three candidates said the U.S. government should partner with Muslims in the fight against terrorism and accused Republicans of demonizing adherents of the world’s second largest religion.

Sources:, Christian Post, Facts and Trends, LifeWay Research, Outreach Magazine, World Magazine

Lisa Misner


Lisa is IBSA Social Media/Public Policy Manager. A Missouri native, she earned a Master of Arts in Communications from the University of Illinois. Her writing has received awards from the Baptist Communicators Association and the Evangelical Press Association.