LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention helps to spread the teachings of Jesus. The company is a not-for-profit Christian publisher. It also sells Bibles, CDs, gifts, software, church furniture, signs, and other supplies. In addition to its 160 LifeWay Christian Stores located in more than 25 states, the retailer sells products online and through its catalog. LifeWay operates two of the nation's largest Christian conference facilities and summer camps. LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina and LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center in New Mexico together welcome some 2,000 conference and overnight guests each year. LifeWay was founded in 1891 by Dr. J.M. Frost.
The B&H Publishing Group produces Bibles, books, Sunday school teaching materials, and audio and video products, which are sold to bookstores and other retailers. Its Holman Christian Standard Bible is one of the best-selling versions in the US. As part of its digital outreach efforts, Lifeway provides ministry services-related Digital Church, which can be accessed through Lifeway's website and offers an array of resources for ministries, including downloadable worship music and a video publishing utility.
Chasing after promising growth in digital media, the organization in 2011 acquired a pair of Bible software companies -- WORDsearch and QuickVerse -- to increase its share of the digital media market in the Christian publishing niche. WORDsearch, based in Austin, Texas, offers more than 4,200 volumes of electronic books for Christian pastors, teachers, and laypeople through its WORDsearch Bible Explorer, LESSONmaker, WORDsearchToGo, and InstaView software. The QuickVerse software offers SermonBuilder, a resource for thousands of Bible-related stories, quotes, and anecdotes. As part of its growth strategy, LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention continues to seek opportunities to expand its digital media business.
While LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention is headquartered in Nashville, the organization boasts a retail presence in more than 25 states and a global reach through its website and catalogs. – less