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DIRECTIVOS: LifeWay recorta presupuesto, planea ‘año puente’ en 2021

NASHVILLE (BP) -- En vista de la pandemia global COVID-19, los directivos de Recursos Cristianos LifeWay unánimemente aprobaron el martes (25 de agosto) un presupuesto de $210 millones para el año fiscal 2020-2021 que incluye reducciones de un 17 por ciento.

TRUSTEES: LifeWay cuts budget, plans for ‘bridge year’ in 2021

NASHVILLE (BP) – In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic, trustees of LifeWay Christian Resources unanimously approved a $210 million budget Tuesday (Aug. 25) for the 2020-2021 fiscal year that includes reductions of 17 percent year over year.

LifeWay to discontinue World Changers projects amid COVID-19

NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources is canceling World Changers mission projects for summer 2020 and closing all future operations due to declining numbers and the inability to host projects this summer because of COVID-19. "We are sad about the closing of World Changers, but we know now is the time to make this decision based on more than 10 years of decline in participants and the current financial impact related to the coronavirus pandemic," said Ben Trueblood, director of Student Ministry at LifeWay.

LifeWay cancels June camps in response to the coronavirus

NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources announced that FUGE, StudentLife, Student Life for Kids and CentriKid camps, as well as World Changers projects scheduled for June have been canceled due to concerns stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak. "We've been closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and following the guidance of government and health authorities to ensure we are taking the right actions to protect our campers, staff and the communities where we host camps," said Ben Trueblood, director of students at LifeWay. "Due to the continued health concerns related to COVID-19, we've made the decision to cancel all camp programming for the month of June.

LIFEWAY TRUSTEES: Mandrell announces renewed mission and focus

NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources CEO Ben Mandrell unveiled to trustees a new organizational structure and mission statement to align the organization for future ministry and growth. LifeWay experienced a successful transition in closing its brick-and-mortar retail chain in 2019 and saw significant growth in its direct sales channels, Mandrell reported to trustees during their biannual board meeting, Feb. 3-4 in Nashville.

Denying self is key to serving Christ, churchgoers say

NASHVILLE (BP) -- A majority of Protestant churchgoers believe making sacrificial decisions to serve Christ is essential to their faith, and most try to avoid situations that might lead to immoral thoughts or actions, according to a new study released Thursday (Aug. 8). The 2019 Discipleship Pathway Assessment study from LifeWay Research found two-thirds (66 percent) of Protestant churchgoers agree with the statement: "A Christian must learn to deny himself or herself to serve Christ," with 38 percent strongly agreeing. The survey was conducted Jan. 14–29.

Churchgoers demonstrate deep faith but room to grow

NASHVILLE (BP) -- When it comes to trusting God, Protestant churchgoers exercise a great deal of faith in their daily lives -- whether in difficult circumstances or when the unexplainable happens, a new study released Tuesday (July 16) shows. The 2019 Discipleship Pathway Assessment study from LifeWay Research found 7 in 10 (72 percent) Protestant churchgoers disagree with the statement: "During difficult circumstances, I sometimes doubt that God loves me and will provide for my life," with 50 percent strongly disagreeing.

Mandrell elected as LifeWay’s 10th president

ATLANTA (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources trustees unanimously elected Ben Mandrell as the organization's 10th president during a special-called meeting June 28 in Atlanta. "I am grateful for the opportunity to lead in such an important season for LifeWay," Mandrell told trustees during the plenary session. "My first priority is to get our family to Nashville and begin loving the people at LifeWay. There is already an amazing team in place, and I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and work alongside them."

Ben Mandrell nominated as LifeWay president/CEO

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Colorado pastor Ben Mandrell has been unanimously recommended as the next president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources by the trustees' presidential search committee. Mandrell, 42, is the lead pastor of Storyline Fellowship in Arvada, Colo. Trustees will vote on the recommendation during a special called session Friday, June 28, in Atlanta.

Waggoner reinforces Lifeway’s commitment to mission

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources' commitment to the mission given to the entity by Southern Baptists in 1891 has never been stronger, acting CEO Brad Waggoner said in his report to messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention in Birmingham, Ala. Despite the challenges LifeWay has faced the past year, the entity's core ministry channels are strong and growing, Waggoner reported. In the first seven months of 2019, LifeWay's publishing and events ministries have grown by $6.7 million over the prior year, while LifeWay.com has seen 14 consecutive months of growth, with revenue up nearly 24 percent.