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  • Study: Churches on solid ground as economy rebounds

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Church collection plates were a little bit fuller last fall, according to a new study released today (Feb. 8) by LifeWay Research.

    About 40 percent of Protestant pastors say their churches received more offerings in 2017 than in 2016. Three-quarters say their church met or exceeded budget. And only about a third say the economy gave their church trouble.

    Those are among the findings of a report from LifeWay Research, based on a survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors that was conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 18, ... Read More

  • Black church, family conference marks 25 years

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, January 25, 2018 (4 months ago)

    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- The Black Church Leadership and Family Conference celebrates its 25th year July 16-20 at Ridgecrest Conference Center in Ridgecrest, N.C.

    The only year Mark Croston didn't attend was when obligations at his former pastorate, East End Baptist Church in Suffolk, Va., kept him away, he told Baptist Press ahead of the 2018 event hosted annually by LifeWay Christian Resources. Read More

  • Adoption, foster care common in churches, study says

    by Bob Smietana, posted Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Bible has a lot to say about caring for orphans. Protestant churches in the United States appear to be listening.

    About 4 in 10 Protestant churchgoers say their congregation has been involved with adoption or foster care in the past year, according to a study released today (Jan. 24) by LifeWay Research, which conducted the survey Aug. 22–30.

    The church's involvement on this issue may be because the Bible tells them to, said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. Read More

  • 100 years of LifeWay Architecture

    by Joy Allmond, posted Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (4 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Architecture begins 2018 working toward the next 100 years of serving the Church, having marked its centennial anniversary in 2017.

    "This is an important milestone in the history of LifeWay," said Eric Geiger, LifeWay's senior vice president and chief business officer. "Those who cast the vision for LifeWay Architecture were out-of-the-box thinkers who helped create environments conducive to group discipleship, and came alongside the local church to do the work with them instead of for them. And that's who we aim to be, even 100 years later." Read More

  • Most churches offer Wi-Fi but skip Twitter, study says

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, January 09, 2018 (5 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Going to church for some can be a bit like hanging out at Starbucks. The coffee's hot, the people are friendly, and the Wi-Fi is almost always free.

    Seven in 10 Protestant churches (68 percent) provide Wi-Fi for both guests and staff, according to a survey of Protestant senior pastors that LifeWay Research released today (Jan. 9).

    Most also have a website (84 percent) and a Facebook page (84 percent).

    But few have ventured on Twitter (16 percent). Read More

  • Former LifeWay tower came down 'really fast'

    by David Roach, posted Monday, January 08, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Former LifeWay Christian Resources landmark Draper Tower is now a pile of rubble.

    The 12-story building on LifeWay's former campus in downtown Nashville was demolished Jan. 6 with an implosion the demolition team's leader said went "100 percent perfect," The Tennessean newspaper reported.

    Following a series of loud bangs made by some 600 pounds of explosives, Draper Tower crumbled in sections to make room for a 380-unit residential building, two ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: They imploded my building!

    by Jimmy Draper, posted Monday, January 08, 2018 (5 months ago)

    Jimmy Draper, president emeritus of LifeWay Christian Resources, reflects on the Jan. 6 implosion of the building that carried his name on the SBC entity's former campus in downtown Nashville. Read More

  • Former LifeWay campus icon to be imploded Jan. 6

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 05, 2018 (5 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Implosion of a cross-emblazoned, 12-story tower on the former campus of LifeWay Christian Resources is set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 6) in downtown Nashville.

    Nashville's first major implosion in more than 30 years, the Draper Tower is being cleared as part of a mixed-use redevelopment including a hotel, restaurants and apartments on LifeWay's former property. The campus was sold in 2015 for $125 million and encompassed nine buildings with more than 1 million square feet.

    Baptist Press plans to publish photographs and video of the demolition Jan. 8. Some 600 pounds of explosives are set to detonate over about seven seconds, leaving rubble piled 60 feet high, according to The Tennessean newspaper. Read More

  • 'Game On!': VBS previews slated by LifeWay in January

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Thursday, December 21, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As football begins to wrap up for the year, sports enthusiasts need not despair. The season for Smocket is right around the corner.

    Smocket (a made-up competition) is featured in "Game On!" -- the 2018 Vacation Bible School theme from LifeWay Christian Resources.

    In January, several thousand children's ministry workers will get an introduction to Smocket and other Game On! content at one of LifeWay's six 2018 VBS previews. Read More