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  • 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

  • Survey sees mix of orthodox belief, shifting opinions

    by Carol Pipes, posted Tuesday, October 23, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Six in 10 Americans say religious belief is a matter of personal opinion. For 7 in 10 Americans, such religious beliefs include one true God existing in three persons -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But an increasing majority of Americans deny Jesus has always existed and many say the Holy Spirit is a force rather than a personal being.

    Those are among the findings of a new study of American views on Christian theology from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

    "When the majority of Americans believe religious belief is more personal opinion than objective truth, then we expect to see contradictory beliefs [as well as] beliefs that change over time," said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. Read More

  • Evangelicals & politics: Reasons for voting 'complex'

    by Aaron Earls, posted Tuesday, October 23, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Politics is important for most evangelicals, but not so important that they question the faith of those who vote differently from them, a new study shows.

    A new survey from LifeWay Research sponsored by the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College explored the voting habits and political motivations of three groups of Americans: evangelicals by belief, self-identified evangelicals and those who are not evangelical by belief or self-identity. The survey was conducted May 9-16.

    Evangelicals by belief -- those who hold to four key theological statements developed by LifeWay Research and the National Association of Evangelicals -- were most likely to say politics is at least somewhat important to them (87 percent), with 30 percent saying it is extremely important. Read More

  • Greear, LifeWay launch 'Ask Me Anything' podcast

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, October 23, 2018 (one month ago)

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    DURHAM, N.C. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear has launched a podcast that allows him to engage listener-submitted questions about biblical, ethical, theological, political and practical issues.

    "Ask Me Anything: Honest Answers, Quick Questions" debuted Monday (Oct. 22) with three episodes, the first of which addressed what podcast cohost Todd Unzicker called the "number one question" Greear gets asked: "Pastor J.D., are you a Calvinist?" Ask Me Anything launches along with the LifeWay Leadership Podcast Network, which is carrying the podcast. Read More

  • ETCH conference: Together, we can do so much more

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Monday, October 22, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When attendees arrived at the 2018 ETCH family ministry conference, each discovered a small, monochromatic card on their seat.

    Over the course of the conference, church leaders assembled these seemingly insignificant cards into a giant collage that revealed a Helen Keller quote: "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

    The visual aide marked the tone for a conference focused on breaking down silos and helping ministry leaders and families link arms around the Gospel. ETCH -- ... Read More

  • Ministry breakthrough stories are new podcast's focus

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Friday, October 19, 2018 (one month ago)

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    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BP) -- In Philippians 4:8, Paul tells the church to dwell on what's commendable and praiseworthy. With a new podcast, Christians can now apply Paul's advice during their daily commute.

    Hosted by Bryan Rose, "My Ministry Breakthrough" is dedicated to telling the stories of churches experiencing key moments of vision clarity and alignment.

    "Many of our guests may not make conference stages with their stories or be featured in big magazines, but that's the beauty of the podcasting medium," ... Read More

  • LifeWay Store to be 'more than a place to buy a book'

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Wednesday, October 17, 2018 (one month ago)

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    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- Guests who come to a newly remodeled LifeWay Christian Store in the Nashville area will be greeted with a new message adorning the side of the building: "Fearfully and wonderfully made."

    While the phrase from Psalm 139:14 refers to God's glory reflected in the human body, it's also fitting given the intentionality LifeWay has brought to the fresh concept meant to redefine the in-store experience.

    "Our objective in the redesign was to create a space that's more than just a place to buy a book or a gift," said Shawnna Simpson, director of store experience. "We wanted to create a place where people can explore, discover and connect -- a place focused on helping customers navigate their faith journey." Read More

  • Rainer calls on churches to get a little scrappy

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Tuesday, October 16, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) – Back in high school, LifeWay CEO and President Thom S. Rainer spent many Friday nights playing tailback for what he calls a scrappy football team.

    He noted they weren't the biggest, fastest or most athletic players, but because of the team's grit and determination, they overcame a bad season to make it into the quarterfinals of the state playoffs the following year.

    In his new book, "Scrappy Church: God's Not Done Yet," Rainer calls on churches to bring a similar mentality to revitalization -- something he believes is attainable if churches are willing to roll up their sleeves and get a little scrappy. Read More

  • Pipeline event: Recruiting about people, not tasks

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Monday, October 15, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Legacy is not what you do; it's who you develop." Todd Adkins, director of leadership development at LifeWay Christian Resources, used this phrase to summarize the 2018 Pipeline conference that drew around 600 ministry leaders to Nashville Oct. 10-12 to learn about leader recruitment and formation.

    "A recruiting culture uses a leadership pipeline to develop a person, not delegate a task," Adkins said, warning leaders that recruitment efforts are often driven more by perceived needs than spiritual gifts. Read More

  • Pastors weigh in on Trump's job performance

    by Aaron Earls, posted Thursday, October 11, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A slim majority of pastors say they approve of the job President Donald Trump has done in the White House, according to a new study, but many are unsure.

    A LifeWay Research study of Protestant senior pastors found 51 percent approve of how President Trump has handled the job, with 25 percent strongly approving. The study was conducted Aug. 29-Sept. 11.

    "After almost two years of actions and statements from the White House, most pastors likely ... Read More