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  • LifeWay's former Sullivan Tower to be imploded

    by LifeWay & BP Staff, posted Thursday, July 19, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Implosion of the 11-story Sullivan Tower on the former campus of LifeWay Christian Resources is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21.

    Sullivan Tower, on Ninth Avenue North in downtown Nashville, was built in phases from 1940-1956 and named for James L. Sullivan, president of the Sunday School Board (now LifeWay) from 1953-1975.

    The SBC Building, located directly across the street from the tower, may experience a disruption in internet service. The SBC Building houses the SBC Executive Committee, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, Southern Baptist Foundation and Seminary Extension. Among the Executive Committee websites that may be disrupted for an undetermined length of time are, and due to cable service located underneath the street of the implosion. Read More

  • Survey: 2/3 of churchgoers invited someone to church

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, July 12, 2018 (2 months ago) graphic
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- America's Protestants like to invite their friends to church.

    At least once in a while.

    Nearly two-thirds of Protestant churchgoers say they've invited at least one person to visit their church in the past six months, according to a new LifeWay Research study.

    "It's a fairly easy thing for churchgoers to do," said Scott McConnell, ... Read More

  • 5 biggest volunteer recruiting questions answered

    by Helen Gibson, posted Monday, July 09, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- For those who have been involved in ministry, chances are they've been there -- in need of an additional volunteer at the last minute and scrambling to find someone they trust to get the job done.

    Or perhaps a congregation has announced a need for volunteers from the pulpit and advertised it in the bulletin, yet the church still has a hard time filling vital positions.

    Encouraging people to step forward and serve can be frustrating, but it doesn't ... Read More

  • 'Christmas in July' underway at LifeWay stores

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Thursday, July 05, 2018 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As much of the U.S. was weathering another heat wave this summer, LifeWay Christian Store employees were busy breaking out some Christmas decorations.

    The reason for the yuletide displays is the "Christmas in July" service projects offered through LifeWay.

    "The Christmas season is all about giving, but that spirit of giving should extend beyond the months of November and December," said Nathan Magness, marketing strategist for the bookstore chain. "As believers, we should always look for opportunities to give back all year long." Read More

  • Churches looking 'more like their neighborhoods'

    by Aaron Earls, posted Thursday, June 28, 2018 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- More American churches are multiracial, but still less so than the neighborhoods surrounding them, a new study shows.

    A Baylor University study, released June 20, found the percentage of multiracial congregations in the United States nearly doubled.

    From 1998 to 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, multiracial churches grew from 6 percent to 12 percent of all U.S. congregations, according to the report. Multiracial congregations are places of worship in which less than 80 percent of the congregants are of the same race or ethnicity. Read More

  • Churchgoers sticking around for theology, not music

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, June 26, 2018 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Most churchgoers will put up with a change in music style or a different preacher, according to a LifeWay Research study released today (June 26). But don't mess with a church's beliefs or there may be an exodus.

    The study of Protestant churchgoers found most are committed to staying at their church over the long haul. But more than half say they would strongly consider leaving if the church's beliefs changed, according to the study, which was conducted Aug. 22–30, 2017.

    Pastors often worry about changing church music and setting off a "worship war," said Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. But few say they would leave over music. Read More

  • 2 new movies screened to SBC attendees

    by Aaron Earls and Carol Pipes, posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (3 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Films hosted a screening of two films during the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas.

    SBC messengers and guests had the opportunity to view "Unbroken: Path to Redemption," the sequel to the 2014 feature film Unbroken, and "Indivisible," a film based on the true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather.

    Bill Craig, director of publishing at LifeWay, introduced Unbroken: Path to Redemption to a packed house of attendees on June 11.

    He spoke about how Will Graham, grandson of the late evangelist Billy Graham, portrayed his grandfather in the movie. They were set to see an early screening of the movie with Graham the week the elder Graham died. Read More

  • Rainer: Local churches key to reversing SBC decline

    by Aaron Earls, posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Is our denomination dying?

    That was the question posed at the LifeWay Christian Resources breakfast attended by 1,100 registered guests during the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas.

    Attendees may have been surprised to hear LifeWay President Thom S. Rainer say yes, the Southern Baptist Convention is dying. But they also heard him lay out hope for the future of the SBC as well as for local churches that also may be in decline. Read More

  • LifeWay to 'provide biblical resources for the world'

    by Lisa Cannon Green, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources has begun giving away Bibles to help churches share the Word of God, LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer told messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas.

    "One of the best investments we have ever made has no immediate financial return but an incredible eternal return," Rainer said during his report on Wednesday (June 13).

    "We are handing out the Word of God, through churches, and we are seeing numbers upon numbers of people believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Only God could do that." Read More

  • Bible Study: June 10, 2018

    by BP staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (3 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

    This week's Bible study is adopted from the Bible Studies for Life curriculum.

    Bible Passage: Genesis 3:1-7, 14-19 Read More