New Research: Americans pray for friends, family but rarely for celebrities or sports teams


By Bob Smietana NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Americans pray for their friends, families, and sometimes their enemies. They ask for divine help in times of trouble but rarely praise God’s greatness. And they seldom add politicians, nonbelievers, or even their favorite sports team to their prayer lists, according to a new survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. […]

‘Most dying churches develop me-first mentality’ Rainer writes in new book


In “Autopsy of a Deceased Church,” out this month from Nashville-based B&H Publishing, LifeWay president and CEO Thom S. Rainer found 10 factors – from slow erosion of the congregation and too many short-term pastors to a lack of prayer and neglected facilities – that cause churches to decline and die.

Southern Baptists helping start 100,000 new groups


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.