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  • Lifeway 'date nights' nurture pastors & wives

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Monday, February 18, 2019 (yesterday)

    Photo by Aaron Wilson
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- More than 80 ministry couples got a jumpstart on Valentine's Day as LifeWay Christian Resources held a Pastor Date Night Feb. 12 at its downtown headquarters.

    The event marked the 38th Pastor Date Night hosted by LifeWay the past four years in 19 states and Canada. Read More

  • Rainer: LifeWay did 'all we could' to save stores

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, February 07, 2019 (12 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources did "all we could" to keep brick and mortar stores open, LifeWay President Thom Rainer told the entity's trustees. But despite positive indicators in mid-2018, by late in the year, data from stores showed revenue declines "had not reversed" and "had been exacerbated."

    Rainer's comments during a Feb. 4-5 trustee meeting in Nashville came prior to approximately three hours of executive session over two days, in which business and financial matters were discussed. LifeWay has not yet announced any actions taken during the executive session. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: Rainer gives final presidential address

    by Carol Pipes, posted Wednesday, February 06, 2019 (12 days ago)

    Photo by Aaron Earls
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources trustees gathered for their first meeting of 2019 with their sights set on a season of transition and hopeful prayer for the future.

    Even on the heels of recent news that LifeWay will close a number of stores and shift toward a more dynamic digital strategy driven by online commerce, President and CEO Thom S. Rainer expressed confidence in the weeks, months and years ahead.

    "The greatest days for LifeWay are yet ahead," said Rainer in what was his final presidential address to the trustees during their Feb. 4-5 meeting. Rainer announced his pending retirement at the August 2018 trustee meeting. Read More

  • Young adults keep Christian label, but fewer 'devout'

    by Aaron Earls, posted Thursday, January 31, 2019 (19 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Most young adults who attended church as a teenager say they believe in God today, but fewer consider themselves devout Christians, according to a study released Thursday (Jan. 31). And as a whole, they have conflicting recollections about the churches they attended in high school.

    LifeWay Research surveyed more than 2,000 American adults between the ages of 23 and 30 who attended a Protestant church twice a month or more for at least a year as a teenager. Researchers conducted the survey Sept. 15-Oct. 13, 2017.

    The study shows 39 percent say they consider themselves a devout Christian with a strong faith in God. Fewer consider themselves Christian, but not particularly devout (27 percent). Even fewer say they believe in God but are uncertain of Christianity (14 percent) or say they consider themselves spiritual, but not religious (11 percent). Read More

  • LifeWay to reduce 'brick-and-mortar channel'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In light of "an accelerated rate of erosion" at "brick-and-mortar" stores, LifeWay Christian Resources President Thom Rainer has announced that some LifeWay stores will be closing. The number of stores to close and the timing of those closures has not been announced.

    Rainer wrote in a Jan. 15 email to all LifeWay employees, "We prayed and hoped that our investments in and commitments to the LifeWay stores would prove fruitful. That just has not been the case. To the contrary, we not only continue to see an erosion in the brick-and-mortar channel, we have seen an accelerated rate of erosion in recent months. It was our hope that greater traffic would result in greater sales, and that with our expense reductions and product cost savings, we would be able to offset sales declines. That hope has not been realized with the declines we have seen since September. Read More

  • New book, 'Within Reach,' relays insight for student ministry

    by Carol Pipes, posted Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (one month ago)

    LifeWay graphic
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Today's high school graduate is faced with an abundance of choices. Go to college or enter the workforce? Dorm life, apartment life or mom and dad's basement? But no decision may be as important as whether to continue attending church.

    A study from LifeWay Research and LifeWay Students, released today (Jan. l5), reveals that two out of three young adults who attend a Protestant church for at least a year in high school will stop attending church regularly for at least a year between ages 18-22.

    "Within Reach: The Power of Small Changes in Keeping Students Connected," a new book ... Read More

  • Church dropout rate among young adults studied

    by Aaron Earls, posted Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (one month ago)
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Church pews may be full of teenagers, but a study released Tuesday (Jan. 15) suggests college students might be a much rarer sight on Sunday mornings.

    Two-thirds (66 percent) of American young adults who attended a Protestant church regularly for at least a year as a teenager say they also dropped out for at least a year between the ages of 18 and 22, according to a study from LifeWay Research. Thirty-four percent say they continued to attend twice a month or more.

    While the 66 percent may be troubling for many church leaders, the numbers may appear ... Read More

  • 2018 brings memorable milestones for LifeWay

    by staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Friday, December 21, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Aaron Earls
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- For LifeWay Christian Resources, 2018 brought significant milestones, as well as innovative ministry products and services for churches and their members.

    In August LifeWay trustees began the search for a successor to President and CEO Thom S. Rainer, who announced his retirement during the semiannual trustee meeting.

    Rainer told trustees he had no doubts it was the right time and season to pass the baton of leadership. Read More

  • Survey: Americans want more Christ this Christmas

    by Aaron Earls, posted Tuesday, December 11, 2018 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Most Americans want more religious meaning to the Christmas season, and for some that includes the seasonal greetings we say to each other.

    A new study from LifeWay Research found two-thirds of Americans (65 percent) say, "Christmas should be more about Jesus."

    Those looking for more Christ in Christmas in 2018, however, are significantly fewer than four years ago. A 2014 LifeWay Research study found 79 percent of Americans at that time said Christmas should be more about Jesus.

    While similar numbers registered disagreement with the statement in 2014 and 2018 (18 and 19 percent respectively), the percentage who said they were unsure if Christmas should be more about Jesus jumped from 3 percent four years ago to 16 percent today. Read More

  • Open on Sunday? Churchgoers share views on Sabbath

    by Aaron Earls, posted Tuesday, December 04, 2018 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- According to Genesis, God created everything in six days before resting on the seventh. But around a quarter of churchgoers say they don't follow His example, according to a study released today (Dec. 4).

    Seventy-seven percent of churchgoers say they take an intentional day of rest and most do so on Sunday, according to a new study of Protestants who attend church once a month or more from LifeWay Research. The survey was conducted Aug. 22-30, 2017.

    Seven in 10 churchgoers take their Sabbath on Sunday. Few take it on Saturday (5 percent), Friday (1 percent) or Monday (1 percent). For 23 percent, they don't take a day of rest. Read More