Southern Baptists grow in attendance and baptisms, decline in membership

For the second straight year, baptisms and giving increased among Southern Baptist congregations. In-person worship service and small group attendance also rebounded, but total membership and the number of congregations slid. The Annual Church Profile compiled by Lifeway Christian Resources in cooperation with Baptist state conventions paints a complicated picture for the Southern Baptist Convention […]

Lifeway donates 1,000 Bibles to children at U.S.-Mexico border

Immigrants who are detained at the U.S.-Mexico border face many needs — the greatest of which is perhaps hope. Lifeway Christian Resources was recently able to partner with a North American Mission Board church plant to send 1,000 Spanish Bibles to displaced children at the border. “I’m incredibly grateful Lifeway had the opportunity to partner […]

U.S. churchgoers say they’ll return post-COVID

Churchgoers aren’t attending yet at pre-pandemic levels, but most say they value gathering with their congregation and are anxious to do so when the threat of COVID-19 ends. A study of 1,000 Protestant churchgoers in the U.S. from LifeWay Research found that when COVID-19 is no longer an active threat to people’s health, 91 percent […]

World Changers moves headquarters to Florida church

David Flatt was working as a student minister in the early 1990s when his senior pastor brought him a World Changers brochure, which he promptly discarded. “The brochure had a picture of youth up on a roof. It looked hot. It looked like hard work. So, I tossed it aside,” said Flatt, associate pastor for […]

Beth Moore announces departure from SBC, LifeWay

Longtime Bible study leader Beth Moore has publicly announced that she is ending her affiliation with the Southern Baptist Convention and LifeWay Christian Resources, relationships stretching back more than three decades. Moore made the announcement through an interview with Religion News Service on March 9. “I am still a Baptist, but I can no longer […]

LifeWay building under contract, transitions to new work environment

LifeWay Christian Resources has entered into a contract for the sale of its building in downtown Nashville. Contract terms, including the sale price, have not been disclosed. LifeWay President and CEO Ben Mandrell said he is excited about LifeWay’s future workplace and the prospects of settling into a new work environment. “LifeWay is moving forward, […]

LifeWay finalizes sale of Ridgecrest Conference Center

LifeWay Christian Resources has finalized the sale of Ridgecrest Conference Center and Summer Camps to the Ridgecrest Foundation, a group dedicated to using the property as a Christian camp and conference center. LifeWay will continue to hold youth camps like FUGE, CentriKid and Student Life at the facility in western North Carolina. The Ridgecrest Foundation […]

Few churches back to pre-COVID attendance, offering levels

The vast majority of U.S. Protestant churches say they are holding in-person services, but churchgoers have yet to attend in the numbers they did before the coronavirus pandemic struck, and many pastors say the 2020 economy is hurting their congregation. According to a recent survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research, 87 percent of Protestant pastors in […]

LifeWay reaches agreement to sell Ridgecrest

LifeWay Christian Resources has reached an agreement to sell Ridgecrest Conference Center and Summer Camps to the Ridgecrest Foundation. The two groups plan to complete the transfer of the North Carolina property and ministries by the end of 2020. “God has answered our prayers by providing a potential owner who loves the ministries of Ridgecrest […]

LifeWay, Rainer settle contract dispute

LifeWay Christian Resources and Thom Rainer have agreed to settlement terms in a breach of contract lawsuit between the Southern Baptist Convention entity and its former CEO. The statement indicates the agreement was reached Monday (Oct. 5), a day after Rainer had tweeted his intent to accept LifeWay’s terms to end the lawsuit. According to […]