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  • Open on Sunday? Churchgoers share views on Sabbath

    by Aaron Earls, posted Tuesday, December 04, 2018 (5 days ago)

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    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

  • Tebows 'called' to 'Run the Race' film

    by Michael Foust, posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018 (12 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Jake McEntire was a movie-minded student at Dallas Baptist University in 2004 when he felt God leading him to write a film script. Thanks to prodding from a few friends -- and lots of prayer -- McEntire finally did so.

    McEntire's 14-year-old screenplay becomes reality Feb. 22 when "Run the Race" is released in theaters. Former NFL and college football player Tim Tebow and his brother Robby served as executive producers, while Chris Dowling (Where Hope Grows) directed it. The WTA Group, a company that helped market "I Can Only Imagine," also was involved. Read More

  • Study: Most churchgoers still abstain from alcohol

    by Carol Pipes, posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018 (12 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Most churchgoers say the Bible teaches against drunkenness. But that doesn't stop about 4 in 10 from taking a drink now and then, a study released Tuesday (Nov. 27) shows.

    While 41 percent of Protestant churchgoers say they consume alcohol, 59 percent say they do not. That's a slight shift from 10 years ago, according to the LifeWay Research survey, which was conducted Aug. 22-30, 2017.

    In a 2007 phone survey by LifeWay Research, 39 percent of Protestant churchgoers said yes they consumed alcohol while 61 percent said no. Read More

  • Newsweek survey highlights LifeWay customer service

    by Carol Pipes, posted Tuesday, November 20, 2018 (19 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources is ranked as one of the top companies in the nation for customer service by Newsweek magazine.

    LifeWay landed at No. 1 for brick and mortar bookstores on Newsweek's list of America's Best Customer Service 2019 -- the first time the magazine has published rankings in this category.

    "We are honored to receive this recognition from Newsweek," LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer said. "Being included on this list underscores the value LifeWay places on its customers and highlights the excellence of our employees as they live out LifeWay's ... Read More

  • Urban, multicultural Bible study YOU marks 10 yrs.

    by Helen Gibson , posted Thursday, November 15, 2018 (24 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A Bible study curriculum for urban, multicultural environments -- simply titled YOU -- is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. The team that produces the resource is remembering the past while continuing to look to the future.

    LifeWay Christian Resources first published the quarterly YOU curriculum in the fall of 2008 as a way to minister to those who were underrepresented in LifeWay's content and product offerings, said Beverly Sonnier, content editor for YOU.

    "It came out of a desire to create a curriculum specifically designed to meet the needs of African Americans, urban, multicultural individuals and churches," Sonnier said.

    At the time, Mark Croston was president of the Southern Baptist Convention's National African American Fellowship, encompassing more than 4,000 predominately African American churches. Read More

  • Women urged to be 'Confident' amid cultural issues

    by Joy Allmond, posted Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (26 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- There was a collective gasp among the 1,600 women gathered for the kickoff of the 2018 LifeWay Women's Leadership Forum. During a panel discussion on racial reconciliation, Missie Branch shared about a shocking thing she once heard from some Christians heading to China for mission work.

    "Someone asked them what they were looking forward to about going," said Branch, assistant dean of students to women at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. "They said, 'There's no black people there.' To hear those things in the body of Christ means we're not as far along as we think we are."

    Trillia Newbell, director of community outreach at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, reminded the audience that Christ followers are already reconciled together because of the blood of Jesus Christ. Read More

  • Faith, technology, innovation explored at conf.

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Monday, November 12, 2018 (27 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In the future, could a machine lead a human to faith in Christ? Actually, it's already been done, said data scientist Daniel Whitenack.

    At Faith Leads Tech, a conference hosted Nov. 9 at LifeWay Christian Resources' corporate headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., Whitenack described a chatbot that uses artificial intelligence (AI) software to tell people about Jesus. To date, more than 400 people have interacted with the bot and made professions of faith, Whitenack reported.

    Using AI technology for redemptive purposes was just one of many topics discussed at Faith ... Read More

  • Annual Church Profile & more of the SBC story

    by LifeWay staff, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Long-standing patterns continued to dominate the 2017 Annual Church Profile report released in June. The number of congregations cooperating with the Southern Baptist Convention increased over 2016 totals, while reported membership and baptisms continued their year-over-year decline.

    But that's not the whole story, noted Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, which compiles the ACP data in cooperation with Baptist state conventions.

    The 2017 ACP totals released in June counted all 51,920 congregations affiliated with ... Read More

  • Pastors see economic turnaround in 2018 giving

    by Aaron Earls, posted Wednesday, November 07, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The economic recovery appears to have reached the offering plate, according to a new study released today (Nov. 7).

    Today, 8 in 10 Protestant pastors (79 percent) say the total offerings at their church this year are at or above last year's levels, including 42 percent who say this year is ahead of last year. Few pastors (15 percent) say giving is not keeping pace with last year. This latest survey from LifeWay Research was conducted Aug. 29 to Sept. 11.

    Those positive giving numbers have followed the economic upturn, noted Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. Read More

  • Grow a healthy worship ministry, avoid 'war'

    by Joy Allmond, posted Thursday, November 01, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When Mike Harland joined LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom S. Rainer a couple of years ago on the "Rainer on Leadership" podcast, he never imagined those conversations about music ministry would lead to writing a book.

    On Nov. 1, B&H Publishing released the fruit of those discussions, "Worship Essentials: Growing a Healthy Worship Ministry Without Starting a War!" by Harland, director of LifeWay Worship.

    "Dr. Rainer began having me pretty regularly as a guest," Harland said. "His audience is largely pastors. We began to talk about worship issues, and the podcast became a safe place to address those pastors' questions about worship ministry."

    The audience responded overwhelmingly to the dialogue. Read More