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  • Diversity & churches: Progress being made, study says

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (3 days 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 (9 days 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 (9 days 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 (16 days 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 (17 days 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 (23 days 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 (24 days 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

  • Study shows far-reaching impact of Billy Graham

    by LifeWay Research staff, posted Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- About 80 years after he began his ministry, Billy Graham continued to impact the faith of millions with nearly half of all Protestant churchgoers saying they have watched one of his sermons on television.

    "Billy Graham was one of the greatest evangelists the Christian faith has ever known," said LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom S. Rainer. "Throughout his life, it was obvious he wanted the focus to be not on himself but on one thing: the cross of Jesus Christ." Read More

  • High-tech enthusiasts gather at Code for the Kingdom

    by Aaron Wilson & Joy Allmond, posted Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Aaron Wilson
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Bitcoin in the offering plate?

    Software allowing people to use cryptocurrency to give to churches was among the high-tech ideas under development at LifeWay Christian Resources during the Feb. 9-11 weekend.

    LifeWay hosted its Code for the Kingdom event at its new Nashville campus where software developers worked long hours creating technology to serve the church.

    Participants from across the country made 90-second pitches of their software ideas then formed teams to work on projects throughout the weekend. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: LifeWay shares new vision for stores

    by Lisa Cannon Green, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Aaron Earls
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Future shoppers will find fundamental changes when they visit LifeWay Christian Stores, trustees were told at their semiannual meeting Feb. 5-6.

    LifeWay leaders shared a vision of stores where people will gather not only to buy biblical solutions for life but also to connect, learn and grow.

    "The opportunities to do more are just amazing," LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer told trustees. "In God's power we seek to transform lives and serve churches." Read More