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.
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.
Until the end of November, customers can walk away from a LifeWay store with a Bible of their own and, for an added donation, ensure an individual thousands of miles away has one as well.
The Thomas Project is a joint venture with LifeWay Christian Stores, B&H Publishing and the International Mission Board to print and distribute at least 100,000 Bibles to the people of South Asia, many of whom do not have Scripture in their own language.
Ten years ago LifeWay Christian Resources published a Vacation Bible School curriculum they believed would introduce kids to Jesus using an Asian culture theme. But “Far Out Rickshaw Rally – Racing Towards the Son” became a lesson in cross-cultural miscommunication. Critics of the material said it promoted racial stereotypes.
Tuesday (Nov. 6), LifeWay president and CEO Thom S. Rainer apologized for Rickshaw Rally at the Mosaix conference in Long Beach, Calif., a gathering of about 1,000 multiethnic church leaders.