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  • LifeWay to discuss SBC future at breakfast in Dallas

    by Carol Pipes, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (yesterday)

    BP file photo by Adam Covington
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources will provide a free breakfast and screen two new movies at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas this summer.

    The focus of the LifeWay breakfast will be "Is Our Denomination Dying?" LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer will lead a discussion and question-and-answer session about the future of the SBC in a season of tremendous change and how churches can realize a bright future of evangelistic growth. The format will mirror Rainer's podcast "Rainer on Leadership" hosted by Jonathan Howe, LifeWay's director of strategic initiatives. Read More

  • Personal touch drives churchgoer giving, study shows

    by Bob Smietana, posted Wednesday, April 18, 2018 (3 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When it comes to charity, a personal touch works 10 times better than Facebook -- at least for churchgoers, according to a study released April 17.

    A new report from LifeWay Research found more than half of Protestant churchgoers say a personal connection inspired them to give money to a charity for the first time. The evangelical research firm conducted the survey this past Aug. 22–30.

    Social media such as Facebook inspired only 4 percent of similar donations.

    Three-quarters of churchgoers support at least one charity besides their church. According to the survey, nearly half do volunteer work, while a similar number have made changes to the charities they support. Read More

  • Church discipline focus of new survey

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, April 05, 2018 (16 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- More than 8 in 10 Protestant senior pastors say their church has not disciplined a member in the past year, says a new study released today (April 5) by LifeWay Research.

    More than half say they don't know of a case when someone has been disciplined, which can include being asked to leave the church for misconduct, according to the study conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 18.

    "It's one of the topics that churches rarely talk about," said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. Read More

  • Diversity & churches: Progress being made, study says

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Protestant churches may be a little more diverse these days. And that's a good thing, their pastors say in a new study released today (March 20).

    Eighty-one percent of Protestant pastors say their congregation is predominantly made up of one racial or ethnic group. That's down from 86 percent four years ago, according to the study conducted this past Aug. 30-Sept. 18 by LifeWay Research.

    It's a small but significant step, said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research, in a nation where Sunday mornings often remain segregated. Read More

  • Greeters and gifts: How churches welcome guests

    by Aaron Earls, posted Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- If the average pastor has anything to do with it, church guests can expect multiple greetings and may even leave with a gift, a new study released today (March 14) shows.

    A study from LifeWay Research, which was conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 18, asked 1,000 Protestant pastors what their churches do to welcome guests.

    "The Bible is full of verses on hospitality, so churches should be full of hospitality as well," said President and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources Thom S. Rainer. "Congregations should strive to create environments where guests are fully welcomed."

    According to the study, the average pastor says their church does six different things to welcome guests. Read More

  • Free church security training offered through May 1

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As public shootings continue to make headlines, many churches are evaluating where their facilities stand on security. LifeWay Christian Resources is helping churches make safety a priority by providing free security training through its Ministry Grid platform.

    "In light of current circumstances, we've offered this training to churches to make sure they're prepared for the unexpected before it happens," said Chandler Vannoy, brand manager for Ministry Grid. Read More

  • Rainer shares tips on church hospitality

    by Joy Allmond , posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Church members think of themselves as a welcoming bunch -- but they tend to be friendly only to one another, says LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom S. Rainer.

    Most guests feel as though they've crashed a private party, Rainer found after extensively surveying church visitors.

    His latest book, "Becoming a Welcoming Church," released March 1 from B&H Publishing Group, offers a game plan for churches to become more hospitable.

    Rainer discusses several tangible markers churches should have in place to leave a positive impression on guests -- and to encourage them for a return visit: Read More

  • New VBS resource helps churches 'go, tell' worldwide

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Tuesday, March 06, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Packing for your next mission trip may have just gotten a whole lot easier.

    LifeWay Christian Resources has produced a new Vacation Bible School program called "Go & Tell Kids" to serve as a gospel presentation tool that's easy to transport to the mission field and works anywhere.

    "'Go & Tell Kids' is themeless, meaning people don't have to drag a bunch of stuff with them halfway around the world, and it's stripped of uniquely American cultural references," said Melita Thomas, VBS and kids ministry specialist at LifeWay. "It's relevant to kids in any culture and setting." Read More

  • Relationship between evangelicals and Jews studied

    by Bob Smietana, posted Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- American evangelicals are known for their support of the nation of Israel -- believing God promised that land to the Jewish people. But a new study shows they also have some more personal motivations.

    One in 3 has Jewish friends.

    And a few have Jewish ethnicity.

    Two percent of Americans with evangelical beliefs -- an estimated 871,000 adult Americans -- also have a Jewish parent or grandparent, according to a recent study by LifeWay Research, conducted Sept. 20-28. Read More

  • Beth Moore's Living Proof Live conf. marks 20 years

    by Joy Allmond, posted Tuesday, February 27, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by David Lowe
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (BP) -- As the lights dimmed in Fort Lauderdale's Calvary Chapel sanctuary, Lisa Hitchcock didn't know what was happening. But when 17 figures carrying lanterns ascended the stage, she wept.

    Hitchcock, a history teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was among the 3,500 attending LifeWay's Feb. 23-24 Living Proof Live with Beth Moore event -- on its 20th anniversary.

    The Friday night session began with a choreographed tribute to the 17 people slain in the Feb. 14 shooting at the Parkland, Fla., high school -- just 13 miles from where Moore, the LifeWay team and volunteers would minister to this grieving community. Read More