Growing Number of Churches Benefit From Background Checks

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By Aaron Earls NASHVILLE, Tenn.—More than 1-in-5 background checks processed by LifeWay’s program with backgroundchecks.com reveals a serious offense. These numbers are part of the reason a growing number of churches use background checks as a way to better protect those involved in the ministry. After a six-year relationship, the number of churches that say […]

New Research: Mental Illness Remains Taboo Topic for Many Pastors

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One in four Americans suffers from some kind of mental illness in any given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Many look to their church for spiritual guidance in times of distress.But they’re unlikely to find much help on Sunday mornings. Those are among the findings of a recent study of faith and mental illness by Nashville-based LifeWay Research. This study, co-sponsored by Focus on the Family, was designed to help churches better assist those affected by mental illness.

B&H to publish lost Spurgeon sermons with critical review

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Nashville-based B&H Publishing will release “The Lost Sermons of Charles Spurgeon,” a multi-volume edition of early Spurgeon sermons and sermon outlines.
The collection of over 400 sermons and outlines dates from Spurgeon’s days as a young pastor outside of Cambridge. The son of a minister, Spurgeon came to faith in 1850 during a service at a Primitive Methodist Church. That encounter with God set him on a path to become one of the most prolific preachers in the English language.

Research: Moviegoers Want More Faith-Based Films, Hollywood Delivers

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Moviegoers want more faith-based films. According to a survey of 1,054 Americans from Nashville-based LifeWay Research, half of Americans (56 percent) say they wish there were more movies with Christian values. Bob Smietana, senior writer for LifeWay Christian Resources’ Facts and Trends magazine, wrote: Hollywood’s “year of the Bible movie” continues to drive sales at […]

Southern Baptists helping start 100,000 new groups

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LifeWay Christian Resources is challenging churches to start 100,000 new Bible study groups by the end of this year. This initiative, a partnership between churches, state conventions and LifeWay, is designed to help long-time churchgoers jump-start their faith and to help new believers grow spiritually.

Line Up Set for 2014 LifeWay Men’s Conference

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Former President George W. Bush will be among the speakers at LifeWay’s The Main Event, a two-day conference for men on August 1 and 2 in Nashville, Tenn. He will take the stage along with the winningest football coach in NCAA history Bobby Bowden, three-time NASCAR cup champion Darrell Waltrip, retired U.S. Army Maj. Jeff Struecker, whose battlefield heroics were immortalized in the film Black Hawk Down, LifeWay president Thom Rainer and several others. Three-time Grammy Award winner Michael W. Smith will lead worship.