The Southern Baptist Convention may undergo a fundamental demographic shift in its leadership, thanks to the efforts of one of its longest-serving leaders.
"We have often allowed our churches to become country clubs for members instead of rescue stations for the lost," said James T. Draper, Jr. president of LifeWay Christian Resources. "We are slow to venture beyond the safety of our walls."
Draper, who retires next year after serving the SBC for over 50 years, toured the nation speaking with younger leaders in conversational sessions for the last 12 months. more >>
LifeWay president James T. Draper Jr. will host "Young Leaders’ Summit 2005" on June 19, two days prior to the annual Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tenn.
During last year's Convention, Draper addressed the need for greater numbers of younger leaders to participate in the denomination. Since then, Draper held a series of dialogue sessions with "under 40" leaders to greater understand their viewpoint and role in the church.
At the Young Leaders' Summit, the fruits of that labor will be revealed, according to a recently released statement by LifeWay. more >>
President of LifeWay Christian Resources, James T. Draper Jr., launched a new weblog, Wednesday, on LifeWay’s younger leaders webpage.
His blog - an online journal organized according to descending date with the latest entry on top - states the reason for moving from a different website to Lifeway: he needed a comments box.
"When I ventured into the blogosphere a couple of weeks ago, I had no idea what type of response my blog would generate," Draper said, alluding to the massive response he received while blogging on Crosswalk.com. "That’s why I wasn’t overly concerned about there not being a built-in response mechanism. I now realize I need to provide that avenue for comments." more >>
An international discipleship effort organized by a division of one of the world’s largest providers of Christian products and services has impacted more than 22,000 churches in 58 countries worldwide over the past seven years.
The effort, made by LifeWay International, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, aims to help believers establish a higher degree of commitment in their relationship with Christ through consultants sent across the world to teach pastors how to strengthen their congregations.
"LifeWay International started almost seven years ago," said Luis Lopez, LifeWay’s manager of international consulting and training. "Since we started, one of our main goals has been to help churches be intentional about discipleship. We are training [pastors] to be able to develop a plan for discipleship in their churches so that believers can be developed into spiritual leaders." more >>
Lifeway Christian Resources, a ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention, found that prayer is the top issue of concern for evangelical ministers today.
Beginning November 2004, LifeWay surveyed more than 1,300 evangelical leaders around the world to dtermine what were the “Top 10 Issues Facing Today’s Church." For the past 10 weeks, the ministry released, one week at a time, the title for each topic.
On April 11, the ministry reported prayer as being the number one issue facing churches today. Thus, concluding this project. more >>
Lifeway has partnered with ChurchStaffing.com has created the Ministry Personnel Center to meet the increasing demand of online job hunting. The center was created to help match those seeking positions with ministries looking to fill openings.
"Our coordination with ChurchStaffing.com was a natural choice," said Gary McClure, LifeWay’s e-business marketing manager. "We desired to meet the needs in the ministry marketplace, and this organization had a successful model and robust tools already in place."
ChurchStaffing.com is an online job board developed in 1999 that now has more than 6,000 resumes and 800 vacant positions throughout the country. It is the largest ministry job database on the Internet and houses resumes, information and position openings from multiple denominations. more >>