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  • Free Bibles? LifeWay launches effort to spur evangelism

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- This summer, thousands of Bibles will ring up for free at the registers of LifeWay Christian Stores.

    It's an effort by LifeWay to help local churches take the Word of God into their communities through an initiative called "Share the Word. Together."

    Churches of any denomination within 15 miles of a LifeWay store can sign up for a designated week in which each member of the church can visit the local LifeWay to pick up a free CSB personal gift Bible. Church members will then give the Bibles away in their communities. Read More

  • Collegiate ministers get 'fresh take' at LifeWay summit

    by David Roach, posted Friday, May 04, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by David Roach
    HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- A triennial gathering involving hundreds of collegiate ministry workers "inspires us to go back to our campus with new ideas and a fresh take on things," said Arkansas campus minister Dawn Reed.

    That's why she returned to LifeWay Christian Resources' Collegiate Summit, hosted this year May 2-4 by First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn.

    Collegiate Summit featured plenary addresses, networking opportunities and breakout sessions on issues facing college ministers. Among the conference's sponsors were the International Mission Board, the North American Mission Board's Send Relief, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Samaritan's Purse. Read More

  • LifeWay named one of America's top employers for 2nd year

    by Staff, posted Friday, May 04, 2018 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources is ranked as one of the top 500 midsize employers in the U.S. by Forbes magazine for a second consecutive year.

    LifeWay landed at No. 196 on the "America's Best Midsize Employers" list. The Christian publishing house and retail organization drew high marks from its employees. To determine the ranking, Forbes looks at how likely workers are to recommend their employer to someone else and how they feel about the other employers in their industry. Read More

  • FUGE celebrates 40 years of ministry to students

    by LifeWay staff, posted Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo provided by LifeWay
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Randy Parks remembers the music, the games, and the wacky events from the first summer he attended Centrifuge in 1979. But most of all, he remembers the clear message of the Gospel and the strong conviction that a life following Christ was exciting and worth living.

    That summer at Glorieta, N.M., when Parks was only a high school junior, laid the foundation for his future as a hospital chaplain.

    "Centrifuge changed the direction of my life," said Parks, now a chaplain at Newton Medical Center in Newton, N.J. "It was there I answered what I believed to be a call to follow God in the path of Christian ministry. Read More

  • LifeWay to discuss SBC future at breakfast in Dallas

    by Carol Pipes, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (2 months ago)

    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 months 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 (3 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months 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 (4 months 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