Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Benefits of An Age-Aligned Scope and Sequence

By Matt Capps
With the new cycle of The Gospel Project starting in the fall, now age-aligned, we decided to publish a detailed scope and sequence document that includes the projected dates and Bible passages that will be covered during the 2015-2018 cycle. This is an excellent resource for pastors and church leaders who want to develop a wise discipleship path for the next few years.

Because The Gospel Project is now age-aligned, you can literally know what passages your entire congregation will be studying in their groups until 2018. There are a few reasons as to why this is helpful.
1. Age Alignment Helps Parents Disciple Their Children
Parents are primarily responsible for the discipleship of their children (Deut. 6:4-9). The problem is that too many parents do not feel equipped to disciple their children, much less have intentional conversations with them about God’s Word. This is where Bible study age alignment in your church can help. Age alignment positions your parents to have one conversation with the entire family. It also enables parents to pour into their kids from the overflow of what they learn week by week.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Seven Trends in Worship Service Times

By Thom S. Rainer

If your church has one service at 11:00 am on Sunday mornings, it is likely in the minority. In a recent reader survey we conducted with 1,649 responses, slightly over half of the congregations had only one worship service on Sunday morning, and the times of that single service varied.
The “sacred hour” of 11:00 am is no longer the worship time for a majority of churches.
Though we don’t have definitive information on the origin of the 11:00 am worship time, it appears to be related to an agrarian society. We started our services late in the morning so the farmers could milk the cows and do necessary farm chores.
So what are the trends in worship service times? Our information is based upon the survey we noted above as well as anecdotal data derived from our interaction with thousands of churches.
  1. Churches with multiple Sunday morning services will soon be in the majority. This trend, once more common with larger churches, is now taking hold in congregations of all sizes.
  2. The 11:00 am worship service is no longer the designated time for a majority of churches. The so-called sacred hour of worship is not sacred in most churches. This change started slowly, but it is pervasive now.
  3. Earlier Sunday morning services are gaining in popularity. Worship services with start times from 7:00 am to 8:30 am are growing in many churches. This trend seems to be related to the growth of empty-nest boomers.
  4. The growth in the number of non-Sunday primary services is steady but slow. There has not been a huge upsurge in the number of primary services on a day other than Sunday. The steady growth, however, is an indication that this approach will soon be common in many churches.
  5. The number of churches with concurrent worship service times is small, but will continue to increase. Concurrent services require either a video feed or different preaching/teaching pastors. As the trend in multi-site churches continues to grow, so will these service times.
  6. The most popular worship times start between 9:30 am to 10:30 amThis mid-morning worship time attracts attendees in churches with both single and multiple worship services. As I noted in number three above, I anticipate a shift in popularity to even earlier services.
  7. Worship wars over service times will continue to wane. Though the worship wars have largely been about music style, there have been many wars over worship times as well. We will see fewer of these battles as more churches adopt varieties of worship times.
What are your church’s worship times for its primary weekly services? Has your church made any major changes lately? What have been the results? Let me hear from you

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Leadership Challenges in Revitalization

By Ed Stetzer

I fell in love with church revitalization early in my ministry when I led a church of 35 senior adults during a brief stint teaching at a seminary.

The median age of the people was 68. It seemed like there was an oxygen tank or a walker at the end of most pews. They came to me and said, “Dr. Stetzer, help us reach the young people.”

Leading a church in revitalization has taught me some invaluable lessons. While the process is often difficult and slow moving, if approached correctly it can reinvigorate and empower God’s people to produce lasting fruit.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

8 Characteristics of Breakout Church Leaders

By Thom Rainer

Little doubt exists that many churches in America are sick. The statistics paint a dismal picture. But I remain optimistic about churches across our nation because we serve a God of all possibilities.

Can a dying church find life? Absolutely. But it takes leaders who are willing to do the hard work of leading their churches toward health.

While conducting research for Breakout Churches, a study of churches that moved from decline to significant and sustained growth, I discovered several traits that distinguish breakout church leaders from merely good leaders. Here’s a brief look at each.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Customizable studies available for churches

By Aaron Earls
Where can a church begin looking for the right Bible study materials? For some, it may be within the church itself.
With help from a new web-based tool offered by LifeWay Christian Resources, a congregation can now have easier access to customizable content that accompanies a sermon series or undergirds a special church-wide campaign.
"Up until now," said Michael Kelley, director of Groups Ministry at LifeWay and executive editor of HomeLife magazine, "if a church needed curriculum written specifically for them, the only real option was to invest a significant amount of time and money in producing it themselves."
Even for churches that may have the resources to manage a project of this size, the work often suffers, Kelley said, "because the church is simply too pressed for time in all their areas of ministry."
To solve that problem, Kelley and others at LifeWay developed SmallGroup.com. "With SmallGroup.com, a church can have customized content and still devote their energy to other areas of ministry," Kelley said.
The site has more than 1,200 searchable studies on 400 topics from all 66 books of the Bible. If a passage or topic isn't available, one of the best features of SmallGroup.com, Kelley noted, is that users can request a specific study at no additional charge and a LifeWay curriculum specialist will contact them within 48 hours. Users can also add church-specific logos and terminology to their Bible study templates.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Takeaways from Pew's Religious Landscape Survey

By Ed Stetzer

Christianity is not dying, as I've often said; nominal Christianity is.
Pew Research Center released a report yesterday (May 12) drawing a variety of headlines -- everything from "Christianity faces sharp decline as Americans are becoming even less affiliated with religion" to "Pew: Evangelicals Stay Strong as Christianity Crumbles in America."
So what are we supposed to think of Christianity in America?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Church Revitalization: New Life for Dying Churches

By Bob Smietana

For years, Galilee Baptist Church was a vibrant evangelical presence on Chicago’s North Side. The 500-member strong congregation had one of the largest Sunday schools in the city and a thriving missionary program overseas.

Then, a little at a time, the church slowly declined. New people stopped showing up. Old members died off or moved away.

By the late 1990s, Galilee was a church full of empty pews, with a handful of people hanging on.

“We tried to reach the neighborhood,” says longtime member Chuck McWherter, “and we just couldn’t do it.”

But then the church merged in 2000 with New Life Community Church, a multisite congregation that specializes in church restarts, and the people started coming back.

Today, about 200 people worship at the church on Sundays, including young families and a stream of visitors. The music is different—an eclectic mix of guitar, drum, and cello that McWherter describes as “lively”—and the name has changed, to New Life West Lakeview. But the mission remains the same.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Gospel Project goes chronological this fall

by Aaron Earls

After three years and more than three quarters of a million weekly users, The Gospel Project is changing its approach. Starting this fall, LifeWay Christian Resource's newest Bible study curriculum for all ages will go through the Bible chronologically.
The Gospel Project: Chronological will start from the beginning for a three-year cycle through the entire Bible. "This approach allows groups to understand biblical theology as it was progressively revealed in redemptive history," managing editor Trevin Wax said.

"We will spend 18 months in the Old Testament and 18 months in the New," Wax said, "with almost every study session aligned so that churches that want to make this journey together can unite all ages around the study of one central story per week."


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Potential and Peril of Creating Your Own Curriculum


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By Trevin Wax
Used well, the potential for discipleship is incalculable. Used poorly, the perils can lead to disaster.
I see too many churches using that hour poorly rather than well. The grace of God covers a multitude of our failures (thankfully), but this doesn’t mean we should shrug off our responsibilities in this area. I fear that many pastors are (1) unaware of what is going on in a church’s small group ministry and (2) unwilling to offer solid, biblical resources to the leaders of these groups.
This shouldn’t be the case. In North America, we have more good Bible study resources available than ever before, and we have more reason than ever to consider carefully the kind of teaching that takes place in groups. Most pastors would see the surrender of their preaching time to just anyone with a message as an abdication of responsibility. Why, then, would we direct our people to small groups where the leader may or may not open the Bible, may or may not have a solid doctrinal foundation, or may not even be qualified or fully equipped to teach?
When Paul laid down the responsibilities of an overseer, he included this qualification: “holding to the faithful message as taught, so that he will be able both to encourage with sound teaching andto refute those who contradict it” (Titus 1:9). Often, pastors are more concerned about encouraging believers with sound teaching and refuting false teaching only in the pulpit without giving enough thought to soundness in the small group setting.
Recognizing the potential and the peril of small group ministry, some pastors have chosen to align study materials for adults with the sermon series. There are benefits to this approach: alignment within the congregation, cost-effectiveness in curriculum, customization for the church’s needs. There are also drawbacks: the need for extensive pedagogical training of staff who may already be stretched thin with other responsibilities, the need for planning in advance, the tendency to move away Bible study and settle for commentary on whatever the pastor thinks.
In the past few weeks, I’ve been excited to share more about The Gospel Project Chronological, which we are starting again this fall for groups of all ages. But I recognize that many churches believe the sermon-based model best fits their congregation and are not going to adopt a Christ-focused curriculum for adults no matter how helpful it is!
For this reason, I’m excited about the launch of smallgroup.com. A good friend of mine, Michael Kelley, has helped develop this tool for pastors who want to provide biblically faithful content that (1) aligns with a sermon and (2) is fully customized to the needs of the church. This site gives church leaders the ability to tailor a study for their church in ways that are accessible and theologically sound. It also frees up staff members to do ministry among the people and not feel the need to create new resources from scratch every week. The studies are not only trustworthy, but the leader can serve as the final filter for the content his groups consume.
Discipleship in smaller groups is too important to not have a plan — whether you use some sort of curriculum like The Gospel Project or align your teaching to the weekly sermons. Whatever you lead your church to do, make sure you’re not wondering if but how you will equip and empower your leaders. As you consider your church’s philosophy, I encourage you to try smallgroup.comfor free.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

11 Places to Use Church Greeters

By Chuck Lawless
The church where my wife and I attend, Restoration Church in Wake Forest, NC, does a great job greeting us as we arrive at our worship location (currently, a middle school). Our leaders have done their homework and have recognized the importance of making positive first impressions.
Many people who write about church growth recognize the importance of having trained greeters at the doors when guests arrive. I agree (as you’ll see below), but I also think there are many other places to use greeters:
  1. In the parking lot near each entrance. Station greeters as near to each parking lot entrance as possible. They may also direct traffic, but more importantly, they welcome worshippers as they arrive. The first face a guest (or member, for that matter) sees at your location should be a happy, excited one.
  2. Throughout the parking lot. Well-identified greeters can answer questions, assist those who need help, provide umbrellas when needed, and simply be another friendly face for those who are arriving.
  3. At each entrance door. Most churches have a main entrance, but greeters should be at any door folks may enter. Unless directed otherwise by signage or parking lot greeters, anyone might enter at a less-frequented door – and everyone deserves a greeting.
  4. At the welcome center. This one surely seems like a no-brainer, but I’ve visited churches with no human beings at the welcome center. Sometimes that’s because the welcome center attendant is escorting a guest somewhere, but that simply means the welcome center needs more workers. At least one greeter should always be at the Welcome Center.
  5. At the entrance to the worship center. Again, churches often have ushers or others at the doors to distribute worship guides or bulletins. That’s a great start, but sometimes the number of people entering is more than the ushers alone can greet. I still encourage churches to have others there simply to welcome folks as they enter to worship.
  6. Throughout the worship center. More often than not, the “secret shoppers” we send on church consultations report that no one speaks to them prior to the service.       One way to address this issue is to have assigned greeters in each section of the worship center. They probably sit in the same area every Sunday anyway, so why not give them a greeting assignment?
  7. At each major intersection in the church facility. The larger the facility is, the more important these greeters can be. At any point where someone may get turned around, confused, or lost, greeters can be both a welcoming face and a necessary guide. At the entrance of children’s ministry sections, they can also double as a security force to help protect the children as needed.
  8. In each small group gathering. We hope that all small group members will greet everyone else – but experience tells us otherwise. Whether the group is an on-campus group like Sunday school or an off-campus group like a life group, intentional greeters are still important. No one is missed if someone is prepared to greet everyone.
  9. At every churchwide fellowship. Sure, the church family knows each other (we think) – but that possibility doesn’t mean everyone feels welcomed at the fellowship event. A simple “hello” and a genuine “we’re glad you’re here” can mean a lot to that lonely, hurting church member.
  10. At the doors and in the parking lot at the end of the worship service. I’ve attended churches with greeters prior to the service, but not many with greeters in place after the service. Why not have folks ready to encourage and challenge others as they leave to apply what they’ve learned?
  11. On the church website. Enlist some energetic greeters to post an invitation to church-searchers who check out your website. That way, you greet your guests before they come, when they come, and as they go out to serve.
Greeters should still be screened and trained, but the greeter role provides opportunities for many members to be involved. Involve more people intentionally, and your church will be a friendlier place.
In what other ways might you utilize greeters?  

Chuck Lawless currently serves as Professor of Evangelism and Missions and Dean of Graduate Studies at Southeastern Seminary. You can connect with Dr. Lawless on both Twitter and Facebook.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

FREE Demo of SmallGroup.com in Austin/San Antonio and Houston on April 30 and May 12


You're serious about discipleship. That makes two of us.

But here’s the problem: In the busy day-to-day of church life, the time you need to yourself to work on Bible studies is often stretched thin by other ministry needs. That’s why I would love to introduce you to smallgroup.com, a convenient web tool that lets you quickly create and customize Bible studies.

I'll be at First Baptist Church of Round Rock at Noon on Thursday, April 30th and First Baptist Church of The Woodlands at Noon on Tuesday, May 12th giving a free demonstration of this new, powerful way to provide unique group content. I will provide you lunch and hopefully help you free up some time for other areas of ministry. 

If you are interested in attending the demo in Round Rock, please sign-up using this link: http://goo.gl/forms/NV60x4Tc2U

If you are interested in attending the demo in The Woodlands, please sign-up using this link: http://goo.gl/forms/wrvsCrR3p3

By the way, if you want to come a little earlier you can sit in on the preview of the new The Gospel Project Chronological bible study resources for all ages launching this fall from LifeWay. That preview will be in the same location from 10:00-11:45 AM. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

10 Reasons Everybody at Church Should Wear a Nametag

By Chuck Lawless

At many conferences and meetings I attend, I am expected to wear a nametag. The business world thinks about nametags, but the church world gives them too little thought. Here are ten reasons EVERYONE in church ought to wear a nametag.
  1. Few people know everybody in the church. Even in the smallest churches, it’s sometimes difficult to remember everybody’s name. If/as the church grows, that task becomes even more difficult. Nametags allow us to admit that struggle while providing a way to overcome it.
  2. Leaders need help with names. I want to know everybody’s name in my church, but I’m not gifted with that kind of memory. I admit I need help if I want to be the best church leader I can be. I would much prefer calling people by name as I minister to them – and nametags allow me to do so.
  3. Nametags invite conversation. Knowing another person’s name breaks down one barrier to conversations that church folks ought to feel comfortable having. It’s simply easier to talk with others when you are on a first-name basis.
  4. Knowing names makes fellowship more personal. While calling each other “brother” or “sister” sounds good (and is theologically on target), that nomenclature is often a cover up for “I’m sorry I don’t know your name, and I’m embarrassed to ask.” As long as conversations remain at the anonymous “brother” and “sister” level, fellowship will remain surface level.
  5. Nametags save embarrassment. We’ve probably all called someone by the wrong name, only to realize it later (or perhaps even within the same conversation). If “brother” or “sister” is a gentle way of saying, “I don’t know your name,” using the wrong name is an undeniable way of doing so. That’s embarrassing for both parties.
  6. Nametags are an inexpensive way to promote outward focus. The church that says, “We don’t need nametags since we already know everyone anyway” is probably saying more than they care to admit. My guess is they see few guests at their church, and they probably aren’t expecting any. On the other hand, using nametags is one way to say, “We expect God to send us guests, and we want to be ready for them.”
  7. Guests feel less conspicuous. I understand why we might give guests a nametag, but doing so for them alone actually makes them even more noticeable – and puts them at a disadvantage in conversations. I know their name, but they don’t know mine if I’m not also wearing a nametag. Guests should never be the ones who must do the asking.
  8. Saying to someone, “Please let us know your name” also says, “We want to know you.” Much has been written about guests’ desire for anonymity in churches, but I take a different slant on that issue. People who come to a church are looking for something. They often welcome care and concern. What they don’t want is to be smothered and made uncomfortable. That’s a different issue, though, than simply wanting to know them by name.
  9. A “nametag” ministry provides opportunities for service. Somebody must purchase the nametags. Somebody must distribute them. Greeters must remind folks to get their nametags. And, likely, somebody must clean up the “peel and press” nametags that wind up on the floor after the service. The opportunities for members to get involved in a simple but significant ministry are numerous.
  10. Leaders risk little by trying this approach. We’re not omitting a ministry from the budget, re-writing the church constitution, or killing a sacred cow with this approach. We’re simply asking people to wear a nametag to promote fellowship and welcome guests. If this ministry fails – and I don’t think it will if leaders promote it properly and patiently wait for it to enter the DNA of a congregation – the church has lost little.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Groups Matter Conference at Ridgecrest NC - August 27-29, 2015

Groups Matter Conference

August 27-29, 2015 (Thursday - Saturday)
LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center
The Groups Matter Conference is like no other groups event. For the first time, some of the most relevant influencers in the Sunday School and Small Group movements will be together to teach and challenge. Those in attendance will wrestle with the difficult issues of group life. A few of those issues include:
  • Are Groups Really Making Disciples?
  • How Big a Group is Too Big a Group?
  • Sermon-Based Bible Studies—Are They More About Assimilation or Transformation?
  • Must All Groups Be Church Connected? 
  • and many more
A welcome-and-worship on Thursday night will help you settle into your surroundings. But get a seat early on Friday and hold on tight. The morning will be a rapid-fire flurry of information—9 speakers on 9 topics in 135 minutes.  Catch your breath over lunch and spend the afternoon digging deeper into the topics you care about most. Friday evening is free time to connect with old and new friends. Saturday is reserved for more worship and time for you to join other leaders of similarly sized churches. Share ideas. Inspire and be inspired. And head back home with fresh perspective and new ideas for your groups.
Learn more, check out the speakers, and register here...

Monday, March 30, 2015

Americans see value in church attendance

By Lisa Green

The overwhelming majority of Americans say they find value in attending church, a new LifeWay Research study shows.
Two-thirds of Americans think attendance is admirable; only 11 percent consider church useless.
Even among nonreligious people, 80 percent believe church attendance is acceptable, and 43 percent label it admirable. Just 29 percent call it useless.
But despite their professed fondness for church, Americans are more likely to believe attendance is declining (55 percent) or the church is dying (42 percent) than growing (36 percent) or thriving (38 percent), according to the LifeWay survey of 1,000 Americans from Sept. 19-28 of last year.
"Americans have a much more optimistic view of the people and practice of attending church than they do of the health of the church," said Scott McConnell vice president of the Nashville-based LifeWay Research. "Church attendance is much like regular exercise and driving the speed limit. People do not live out everything they admire."

Friday, March 27, 2015

3 Steps to Growing Your Groups This Easter

By Mark Howell

I’ve been thinking about the rhythms of connecting people and wanted to share an idea that you might want to consider. With Easter 2015 just about as early as it can possibly be (April 5th), there is still plenty of spring left before summer and it makes a lot of sense to launch another wave of small groups.
There are three steps to the idea.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Gospel. Life. Ministry. Online Event Coming May 11th!

The Gospel Project Chronological

Featuring David Platt, Derwin Gray, Ed Stetzer, John Piper, Louie Giglio, Matt Chandler, Paul Tripp, Tony Evans, and more!

On May 11, more than a dozen leading pastors, theologians, and thinkers are collaborating for a one-of-a-kind gospel-centered event. And YOU are formally invited!

Gospel. Life. Ministry. is a free online event that will challenge and encourage pastors, church staff, group leaders, and Christians of all life stages to consider how the gospel permeates and transforms every aspect of our lives. This is the perfect opportunity to gather your team or small group and be refreshed together.

Register today to win!
Five lucky registrants will win a set of Christ-Centered Exposition commentaries. One registrant will win up $250 in The Gospel Project studies for his or her church.

Tell your friends!
Odds are you know at least one person who will love this event, so forward them this email and make sure he or she doesn't miss it. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Should Your Group Leaders Plan Their Own Bible Studies? (and SmallGroup.com demo)

By Michael Kelly

The vast majority of churches, at different points this week, will not only gather in a large setting but in a smaller one. These smaller meetings have different names: Sunday School, small group, community group, missional community—the list could go on and on. Though the names might vary, one question must be answered by each and everyone of them. 

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Live Demonstration

You can see smallgroup.com in action and ask questions about the site every Thursday at 10am CT. Our very own Dr. Rob will walk through the tool and help you quickly get comfortable creating custom Bible study. Click here to register for the next online demo. 


Friday, February 27, 2015

The Gospel Project Chronological For All Ages Coming Fall 2015

We are excited about the new Gospel Project studies launching in the Fall of 2015. We realize that many of your are already exploring your options for Fall and wanted to give you a heads up as to what is coming with The Gospel Project. 

The Gospel Project is beginning a new, chronological study plan for Kids, Students, and Adults. You can download an overview of the 3 year study plan, and a full months worth of sessions for all ages here:

What would happen if your church made a commitment to move through the Bible in 3 years with every age group? 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Christian media's reach surveyed by LifeWay Research

By Bob Smietana
Christian broadcasters have a devoted following, with about two-thirds of weekly churchgoers and evangelicals saying they tune in to Christian radio and television on a regular basis.

Christian books have a reach among churchgoers and evangelicals, and Christian movies remain popular, with about four in 10 Americans having seen one in the last year.
But many Americans never connect to Christian media.
Those are among the findings of a new study on the use of Christian media from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. The study, sponsored by the National Religious Broadcasters, included an online survey of 2,252 Americans and a phone survey of 1,009 Americans.
"Christian media delivers teaching, music and entertainment to a predominantly Christian constituency," Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research, noted. "Not surprisingly, those who embrace Christian teaching will value and consume these the most." Stetzer released the study's findings Feb. 25 during the NRB national convention in Nashville.
Researchers found demographic splits between those who frequently or sometimes listen to or watch Christian broadcasts and those who rarely or never tune in.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

New Kendrick Brothers Film Focuses On Prayer

Kendrick Brothers Productions, the makers of the successful movies "Courageous" and "Fireproof," have announced the Aug. 28 release of their latest film "War Room," which will illustrate the power of prayer.
The film is brothers Alex and Stephen Kendrick's first production independent of Sherwood Pictures, the filmmaking ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga. The PG-rated, family friendly film will feature best-selling author and Bible teacher Priscilla Shirer in a leading role, and promises a cameo appearance from best-selling author and Bible teacher Beth Moore.
"This film is about the power of prayer, the necessity of prayer in our lives," movie director and co-writer Alex Kendrick said in a promotional video posted at the movie's website, WarRoomtheMovie.com. "If we return to prayer, passionately actively seeking the Lord, and we're right with Him and right with each other, God can do amazing things in our lives."

Read more about War Room...

Be watching for church campaign and bible study resources related to War Room coming from LifeWay Christian Resources.


Monday, February 16, 2015

TGP for Kids and Easter: 2015 Schedule

By Brian Dembowczyk

When people share why they love The Gospel Project® for Kids, the two reasons we hear the most are the gospel-centered content and the chronological scope and sequence. These two elements go hand-in-hand most of the time and only cause minor adjustments around Christmas and Easter. During those seasons, our strategy is to step out of the chronology and to offer two or three Christmas or Easter sessions and then step back into the chronology as seamlessly as possible. Most of the time this works well; however, Unit 32 presented a bit of a challenge for us because we were already in the middle of the last week of Christ’s ministry.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

"The Beginning" Bulk Discounts Extended thru Easter

"The Beginning" from The Disciples' Path Series
The Beginning introduces the basic practices and elements of the faith, including the centrality of Christ, the crucial practice of prayer and Scripture reading, community, and what it means to be on mission for God. Exercises put weekly topics into practice, and meeting times work as well in one-on-one discipleship relationships as they do with typical small groups. 5 sessions.

Friday, February 6, 2015

LifeWay Outlines Vision for Future

By Carol Pipes


LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom S. Rainer outlined for LifeWay’s trustees a vision for the entity’s future that includes an organizational restructuring, leadership changes, and a probable relocation.
“In 2015 we are moving forward in one of the most strategic times of change LifeWay has ever known,” Rainer told trustees during Feb. 2-3 meetings in Nashville.
During his report, Rainer announced the combining of two divisions—Church Resources and B&H Publishing—into LifeWay Resources Division led by current vice president Eric Geiger.
He explained that LifeWay historically has had three distinct market channels—wholesale (B&H Publishing), direct-to-church (Church Resources) and retail (LifeWay Stores).
“In today’s marketplace, those channels are blurred,” Rainer said. “Combining the two publishing channels allows LifeWay to have a stronger presence in the Christian publishing market.”
While LifeWay will continue to use the B&H imprint for its trade books, Rainer said it no longer made sense to have two publishers.
“The fusion of these two divisions will give us an incredible opportunity to lead with LifeWay,” Rainer said. “We believe this will make us a stronger entity and more appealing to prospective authors. We’ll have one LifeWay, and we’ll lead with LifeWay resources in our stores.”

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Finding the Right Bible Study for Young Adults

Choosing the right Bible study can sometimes be overwhelming as different groups have different approaches to studying Scripture. That’s why we offer three distinct Bible study approaches to get groups started. Our ongoing Bible study options are not only cost-effective, but they help groups stay on track throughout the year.

Check out these options and more...

Monday, February 2, 2015

WAR ROOM - New Kendrick Brothers Movie Releases August 28th!

Tony and Elizabeth Jordan seemingly have it all—great jobs, a beautiful daughter, their dream home. But appearances can be deceiving. In reality, their marriage has become a war zone and their daughter is collateral damage. But with the help of Miss Clara, an older, wiser woman, Elizabeth discovers she can start fighting for her family instead of against them. With her newly energized faith, Elizabeth’s real enemy doesn’t have a prayer.

Coming to theaters this fall, WAR ROOM is the long-awaited new movie from the Kendrick Brothers—the creators of Courageous, Fireproof, and Facing the Giants. The cast features director Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, T.C. Stallings, Beth Moore, and Michael Jr., along with Karen Abercrombie as the unforgettable Miss Clara. WAR ROOM will inspire moviegoers to start fighting their own battles the right way—through prayer.

“But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:6

WAR ROOM: Prayer Is A Powerful Weapon … in theaters Fall 2015.


Learn more and spread the word ... http://warroomthemovie.com/

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Training Pathways from Ministry Grid

New training pathways from Ministry Grid provide prescriptive training for those serving in different areas of ministry. Each area of ministry will have three different levels: Foundational, Advanced, and Expert so volunteers and staff can be trained appropriately. We have launched 4 pathways to begin with and more will be launched in coming weeks and months. Our aim is to make it easy for ministry leaders to train their people effectively without needing to build their own program (unless they want to!).
Learn more...