LifeWay 'Continues to Experience God's Hand and God's Favor'

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.

-- 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.

-- 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.

-- 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.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press