Lifeway Christian Resources President Thom Rainer told the 2013 Southern Baptist Convention the publisher continues to experience "God's hand and God's favor" -- a sentiment that summarizes the entity's accomplishments in 2013.
Rainer's assertion that LifeWay continues "to draw closer to churches and serve them more deeply, resulting in a greater ability to serve the bride of Christ" is evidenced in some of the LifeWay-related stories in the news during the past year.
-- LifeWay updates Bible Studies for Life
More than one and a half million people saw major improvements in their Bible study materials as LifeWay Christian Resources launched an updated and enhanced version of its leading Bible study series -- Bible Studies for Life. http://www.baptistpress.com/BPnews.asp?ID=39539
-- LifeWay trustees approve sale of Glorieta to Christian camping ministry
LifeWay's trustees approved the sale of the Glorieta Conference Center to a group dedicated to continue using the property as a Christian camp and conference center. The new nonprofit corporation, called Glorieta 2.0, was formed and funded by a group of Christian businessmen and camping professionals. http://www.baptistpress.com/BPnews.asp?ID=40521
-- LifeWay acquires 17 Berean Christian Stores in 7 states
Over a two-week period, LifeWay Christian Stores opened 17 new stores in seven states -- the result of acquiring Berean Christian Stores with locations primarily in California, Arizona and the Midwest. http://www.baptistpress.com/BPnews.asp?ID=41190
-- Church membership isn't 'privileges & perks'
With nine of 10 churches in America declining or growing at a pace slower than their communities, Rainer notes in his book, "I Am a Church Member," that the decline stems from their members having lost the biblical understanding of what it means to be part of the body of Christ. http://www.baptistpress.com/BPnews.asp?ID=40223
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SOURCE: Baptist Press