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LifeWay Christian Resources Overview

Nashville, TN
1001 to 5000 employees
1891
Nonprofit Organization
Media & Entertainment Retail Stores
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Welcome to LifeWay Christian Resources. We’re so glad you’re here to learn more about us. From publishing and online retail, to IT, logistics, and events, to summer camps and missions, discover how faith works at LifeWay—and how you can ... Read more

Mission: LifeWay Christian Resources exists to honor God and serve churches by designing trustworthy experiences that fuel ministry.

Company Updates

  • God works through prayer, but with so many different needs right now, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the need that we're unsure of how best to pray. This prayer guide includes seven basic ways to pray amidst the coronavirus pandemic. You could pray a different prayer each day of the week, or pray them all together everyday — whatever works best for you. Let's speak up for those who are most vulnerable and affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • A key element of LifeWay's culture is staying focused on why we do the work we do. One way our employees stay engaged is through Team Huddles. LifeWay President Ben Mandrell values this time for spiritual enrichment and company-wide encouragement.

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LifeWay Christian Resources – Why Work With Us?


The ministries of LifeWay Christian Resources have been centered in Nashville, Tennessee, since its founding in 1891. Today LifeWay's ministries reach across the United States and around the world through millions of Christian products used in more than 160 countries. The company also owns and operates Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina. LifeWay is a nonprofit organization that reinvests income above operating expenses in mission work and other ministries around the world.

LifeWay directs its ministries through eight teams:

Church Ministries includes LifeWay Kids, Students, Adults, Groups, Worship, Events, and Media Publishing. These areas provide a wide range of ministries, resources, enrichment and training events, and age-group products, including small group studies, Vacation Bible School, evangelism, discipleship, music, and more.

Publishing includes B&H Books, B&H Academic, Holman Bibles, LifeWay Films, and Publishing Technology. LifeWay’s B&H Publishing imprint produces Bibles, books, audio and video products, and church supplies. B&H titles include The New York Times No. 1 bestsellers The Love Dare and The Vow, No. 1 CBS bestsellers I Am a Church Member and Fervent as well as the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) translation. 

Sales and Business Management includes LifeWay’s customer engagement channels, LifeWay Global, and Ridgecrest Conference Center and Camps. 

Finance and Business Services is responsible for LifeWay’s financial policies and general accounting and directs many key LifeWay business services including investments, purchasing, real estate, strategic planning, and corporate services.

Information Technology partners with LifeWay's business and ministry areas to develop and distribute digital resources. In addition, IT administers technology solutions and support within LifeWay, while providing a framework to guide future technological decisions.

Organizational Development focuses on LifeWay's people strategies, culture development, change management, and includes the Human Resources Team and Leadership Development.

Theology and Communications includes LifeWay Research, one of the most respected Christian research organizations in the world, Corporate Communications, LifeWay Leadership, and Theology.

LifeWay's Legal team is responsible for contracts, copyright issues, insurance and risk management, as well as ethics and business compliance.

LifeWay is one of the world’s largest providers of Christian resources. Voted one of 2018 Forbes' Best Midsize Employers and Best Midsize Employers for Women, the campus is located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. Our headquarters team leads, produces, and delivers biblical solutions to fulfill the mission and vision of LifeWay's ministry.

We value what makes you unique.

When you join our team, we value you and the experiences that make you unique.  Because our products, services, and events impact people from a multitude of backgrounds, we want a workforce that reflects a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.

Faith works here.

Here at LifeWay, we seek to work with churches and believers in Christ to discover the best biblical solutions for life. Every single one of us here combines faith with professional passions to work together as one in fulfilling this purpose. 

Core Values

Treasure Biblical Truth
We believe in the power of God’s Word to change the world. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Care About Character
We believe God sees the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7b)

Be Better Together
We believe in the power of team spirit. (Proverbs 27:17)

Create Customer Delight
We believe the church is worthy of our best. (Romans 12:10)

Chart What’s Next
We believe we are called to help the Church thrive in the future. (Matthew 16:18)

In 1891, Dr. James M. Frost, LifeWay's first president, had a desk, a corner of a newspaper office, and a little money he borrowed from his wife. More importantly, he had a vision for an organization that would help churches teach God's Word, develop leaders, and impact the culture.

He put these four things together to begin what is known today as LifeWay Christian Resources. The organization, formerly called the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, was established by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1891 after its annual meeting in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Convention gave Frost the approval he needed, but no funds were allocated to him. Undaunted, Frost put his vision and his work space in the office of Tennessee's Baptist newspaper, the Baptist and Reflector, to good use. Frost laid the groundwork for what would become one of the most influential entities in Southern Baptist life.

LifeWay's first assignment was the publication of Sunday School curriculum. More than a century later, LifeWay continues to provide Bible study curriculum, along with a wide range of Christian resources, events, and services.

Change in Name, But Not Identity

At the time of the organization's inception as a Southern Baptist entity in 1891, the official name was "The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention." So it was recorded in the Convention minutes then, and remained for more than 100 years.

Over the years, however, the Sunday School Board expanded its range of resources. The name no longer encompassed the wide array of products and services the company offered. Nor did it reflect the broadening scope of the organization's mission.

Beginning as early as 1971, the LifeWay name was used in limited applications. Since then, it has been used both as an imprint for LifeWay resources and as a retail store identity in select markets.

The decision to change the name and adopt the LifeWay identity corporate-wide was not an easy one. The actual process itself took more than two years to complete. In 1998, the Sunday School Board officially changed its name to LifeWay Christian Resources.

The LifeWay name communicates that Jesus is at the very heart of all work and ministry.

The LifeWay Logo

The LifeWay logo is a simple, crisp, dynamic design that clearly reflects the organization's vision: As God works through us, we will help individuals and churches by providing biblical solutions for life.

The word "LifeWay" is rooted in Jesus' words in John 14:6: "I am the way, the truth, and the life." The three words — way, truth, and life — illustrate the many dimensions of the saving work of Christ.

  • "Way" speaks of the link between God and mankind.
  • "Truth" reminds us of the complete reliability of Jesus in all that He is and does. Truth is the commodity of our organization.
  • "Life" stresses far more than mere physical existence. The only life worthy of the name is that which Jesus brings, for He is life itself. LifeWay points to the essence of our Christian faith — the way to a full and meaningful life.
  • The LifeWay theme, "Biblical Solutions for Life," expresses the corporation's vision and purpose. 

LifeWay Today

Today, LifeWay Christian Resources is housed in a facility in downtown Nashville, Tennessee; a distribution center in Lebanon, Tennessee; and a conference center in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. LifeWay Resources ministers in more than 160 countries around the world.

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    Slightly less than industry pay

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LifeWay Christian Resources Interviews

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at LifeWay Christian Resources.

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    The first interview was a very chill meet and greet with the manager and direct report. The next was with the Director of the department and the manager to go over more details about my work history and prepare for the final interview with the Vice President. I thought it was very cool that the VP took time to meet with each candidate as it showed a real level of responsibility for the culture of the company.

    Interview Questions

    • They want you to know the mission statement by memory and be about their company goals.   1 Answer
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LifeWay Christian Resources Awards & Accolades

  • Forbes America's Best Midsized Employers 2019, Forbes, 2019
  • Forbes 2018 Americas Best Employers for Women, Forbes, 2018
  • America's Best Midsize Employers, Forbes, 2018
  • Excellence in Development, ULI, 2018
  • America's Best Midsize Employers, Forbes, 2017
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