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LifeWay’s Student Ministry takes ‘Student Life’ under its umbrellacomment (0)

August 16, 2012


A two-year transition for Alabama’s Student Life — an interdenominational ministry serving the local church — is officially finalized. 

Student Life has been acquired by LifeWay Christian Resources’ Student Ministry, effective Aug. 15. NavPress acquired Student Life Publishing in 2010.

LifeWay’s Student Ministry already offers transformational experiences for more than 50,000 students each summer consisting of the FUGE family of camps, World Changers and PowerPlant, which emphasize missions involvement. 

Student Life camps also minister to more than 50,000 children and teenagers every summer and are attended by many Alabama Baptist youth groups. Though the camp experiences are programmatically different, each ministry is passionately committed to seeing the lives of students transformed by Jesus and His Word, according to LifeWay officials.

By joining arms, officials of both groups say the two ministries will be able to work together to encourage youth leaders and challenge a new generation of Christ followers. 

“Both LifeWay and Student Life share a passion for serving the church and helping the next generation grow in their devotion to Christ and commitment to reach the world for Him,” explained Ben Trueblood, LifeWay’s director of student ministries. “That passion for young people makes this partnership possible and beneficial to the Kingdom.”

Because of the unique differences and emphases of each organization’s camp offerings and locations, leaders do not expect significant changes will be necessary in programming or locations. 

“Each of our organizations provides conferences and camps in slightly different ways to meet needs of individual churches and student ministries,” Trueblood said. “Many of those differences won’t change, which will allow us to continue to meet specific needs of individual churches.”

“Even though Student Life staff members are now LifeWay employees, they will continue to work out of their Birmingham offices and promote Student Life’s own identity and conference offerings,” Trueblood added.  

Student Life president J. Roger Davis said Student Life “has been faithfully serving churches for nearly 20 years by creating events and experiences for people to have an authentic interaction with God.” Student Life has provided Christian summer camps for kids and youth since 1993.

“This new season of ministry for us is exciting,” Davis said. “Being part of the LifeWay family will allow us to continue serving the churches we have served and partner with new youth ministers throughout the country as we all work together to raise a generation of devoted Christ followers.”

Earl Roberson, who will serve as vice president of operations for Student Life, said he is “eager to finalize the transition and continue the great ministry of Student Life as a part of the LifeWay family.”

Even though LifeWay and Student Life leaders have begun the necessary behind-the-scenes transition, both organizations have a full schedule of their 2013 conferences available at their respective websites: LifeWay.com/Fuge, LifeWay.com/WorldChangers, LifeWay.com/PowerPlant and StudentLife.com.  

(LifeWay, TAB)

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