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 […]

SBC institutions make budget cutbacks in wake of COVID-19

In the wake of the COVID-19 virus and amid other declining metrics, Southern Baptist Convention institutions have enacted budget cuts for the 2020-2021 budget year. LifeWay eliminated its World Changers mission projects for this summer and closed all future operations due to declining numbers. The entity also announced a series of budget freezes, cutbacks, and […]

LifeWay cancels June camps in response to coronavirus

LifeWay Christian Resources announced that FUGE, StudentLife, Student Life for Kids and CentriKid camps, as well as World Changers projects scheduled for June have been canceled due to concerns stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak. “We’ve been closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus and following the guidance of government and health authorities to ensure we […]