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  • Rainer: Local churches key to reversing SBC decline

    by Aaron Earls, posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Ethan Loveless
    DALLAS (BP) -- Is our denomination dying?

    That was the question posed at the LifeWay Christian Resources breakfast attended by 1,100 registered guests during the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas.

    Attendees may have been surprised to hear LifeWay President Thom S. Rainer say yes, the Southern Baptist Convention is dying. But they also heard him lay out hope for the future of the SBC as well as for local churches that also may be in decline. Read More

  • SBC DIGEST: Prestonwood's 'Songs of the People'; Thom Rainer virtual tour; Alaska's Jimmy Stewart continued recovery; Saddleback's 45,000 baptisms

    by Staff, posted Monday, October 24, 2016 (one year ago)

    PLANO, Texas (BP) -- A new collection of music built on the faith stories of the people of Prestonwood Baptist Church and written by the church's worship ministry debuted atop Nielsen Soundscan's Christian music chart after its September release.

    Songs of the People, released in conjunction with Integrity Music, was a first for worship at Prestonwood, an album of all new songs reflecting the heart of the church. But it won't be the last, Graham said.

    He said he senses a particular need among Southern Baptist and evangelical churches for songs built around the deep faith of those congregations that serve as a cross-generational bridge for worshippers, from oldest to youngest. Read More

  • Rainer, at SBC, recaps LifeWay's eventful year

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST LOUIS (BP) -- In the spring of 1891, Southern Baptists meeting at the Alabama Opera House in Birmingham voted to create a Sunday School board to publish Bible studies and other resources for discipleship.

    Today that board, now LifeWay Christian Resources, remains committed to the same core mission, Thom S. Rainer told messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday morning, July 15. Read More

  • Rainer shares roadmap to helping pastors lead change

    by Carol Pipes, posted Friday, May 20, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The email addressed to LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom S. Rainer sounded urgent. The subject line: A plea for help.

    "I am a pastor and I'm about to give up," the email began. The pastor went on to share his frustration in trying to lead his church to make much-needed changes. "Every time I try something, I get hit hard by critics and bullies," he wrote. "My wife wants me to quit." He ended by asking Rainer for advice on how to lead change in the wake of so many obstacles. Read More

  • LifeWay celebrates Thom Rainer's 10th anniversary

    by Aaron Earls, posted Friday, February 05, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Kent Harville
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In a special chapel service on Wednesday (Feb, 3), LifeWay Christian Resources recognized Thom S. Rainer for 10 years of service as president and CEO.

    Rainer was praised for his commitment to Christ and his family, as well as leadership during tumultuous cultural and business changes.

    Gary Richardson, LifeWay Board of Trustees chairman, spoke of Rainer as a selfless, transparent and courageous leader. Before presenting Rainer with a gift, he relayed a fellow ... Read More

  • LifeWay completes sale of downtown Nashville campus

    by Art Toalston, posted Wednesday, November 25, 2015 (2 years ago)

    BP file photo
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay has completed the sale of its 14.5-acre campus in downtown Nashville.

    "Although this momentous event is cause for thanksgiving, it is also bittersweet," Thom S. Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, wrote in an email to the Southern Baptist entity's trustees and employees Nov. 24 after the sale was announced around 5 p.m. Read More

  • LifeWay reopens search for new headquarters

    by Art Toalston, posted Monday, November 16, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources is stepping away from the purchase of a 1.5-acre site in downtown Nashville to look at other sites for a new headquarters, LifeWay President Thom Rainer said in a letter to employees today (Nov. 16).

    Rainer said the Southern Baptist entity does intend to complete the sale of its 14.5-acre campus, also located in downtown Nashville. Read More

  • Rainer: LifeWay, at 'hinge moments,' moving forward

    by Carol Pipes, posted Thursday, August 27, 2015 (2 years ago)

    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources is facing "hinge moments" and decisions that will propel the organization in one direction or another, President Thom S. Rainer told trustees during the board's Aug. 24-25 meeting.

    "We are about to walk through some open doors as these hinge moments are now before us," Rainer said. "And I think we are about to see some incredible days at LifeWay." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: When Boomer pastors retire

    by Thom S. Rainer, posted Thursday, September 18, 2014 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- On Jan. 1, 2011, the first Baby Boomer turned 65. In fact, on that day, 10,000 of them turned 65. And that pace of aging will continue until 2030, when every Boomer is 65 or older. Read More