LifeWay Christian Resources exists to assist churches and believers to evangelize the world to Christ, develop believers, and grow churches by being the best provider of relevant, high quality, high value Christian products and services.
Assist churches in the development of church ministries.
Provide programs, products, and services that help churches grow in the areas of Bible study, discipleship, music, worship, administration, media/library, recreation, fellowship, and family ministry; consult with church leaders regarding total church growth concepts, strategies, and resources.
Assist churches in ministries to college and university students.
Contribute to the effectiveness of churches and to individual spiritual growth by developing a program, products, and services that may be used in establishing, administering, enlarging, and improving ministry with college students, faculty, and administration.
Assist churches with Christian schools and home school ministries.
Provide consultation, products, and services needed by churches with Christian schools and members educating through home schools.
Assist churches in ministries to men and women.
Contribute to the effectiveness of churches and to individual spiritual growth by developing a program, products, and services that may be used in establishing, administering, and improving ministries to men and women.
Assist churches through the operation of conference centers and camps.
Develop, promote, and operate conference and resident camp facilities useful to Southern Baptist Convention entities, state conventions, associations, and churches in establishing, enlarging, and improving their ministries.
Assist churches through the publication of books and Bibles.
Produce, publish, and distribute products, including books, of Christian content and purpose and Bibles that contribute to the effectiveness of churches and individuals.
Assist churches through the operation of LifeWay Christian Stores.
Serve people and the churches, associations, state conventions, and agencies of the Southern Baptist Convention by distributing appropriate products through LifeWay Christian Stores.
Assist churches through church architecture consultation and services.
Develop products and services needed by Southern Baptist churches, associations, state conventions, and denominational entities to assist them in planning, financing, furnishing, equipping, and utilizing property.
Assist churches in capital fund raising.
Provide leadership to churches in securing funds for capital needs.
Assist churches by conducting research and compiling statistics.
Conduct research and compile statistics on matters relating to, and of interest to, Southern Baptists, noting future trends and possible effects on church practice, productivity, witness, and health, and tender reports to the Executive Committee for review and possible report or action in an SBC annual meeting.
LifeWay Christian Resources will work within the Southern Baptist Convention entity relationship guidelines approved by the Great Commission Council and the Executive Committee and printed in the Organization Manual of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Original program statement approved June 2, 1965. See SBC Annual 1965, pp. 6167.
Finally approved May 31, 1967. See SBC Annual 1967, pp. 61, 103117.
New statement approved by the Southern Baptist Convention June 6, 1972. See SBC Annual 1972, pp. 6067.
Amended June 12, 1973. See SBC Annual 1973, p. 55.
Amended June 11, 1974. See SBC Annual 1974, p. 60.
Amended June 10, 1975. See SBC Annual 1975, pp. 5960.
Amended June 15, 1976. See SBC Annual 1976, pp. 3637.
Amended June 13, 1984. See SBC Annual 1984, pp. 4950.
Revised June 11, 1985. See SBC Annual 1985, pp. 3858.
Amended June 13, 1989. See SBC Annual 1989, pp. 3637.
Amended June 4, 1991. See SBC Annual 1991, pp. 46, 48.
First ministry statement approved by the Southern Baptist Convention June 20, 1995. See SBC Annual 1995, p. 46 and pp. 165-173.
Amended June 13, 2006. See SBC Annual 2006, pp. 62-64.
Amended June 12, 2007. See SBC Annual 2007, pp. 68-69.