According to a letter to employees, LifeWay has taken the first steps toward selling their 15-acre, more than 100-year-old property, in favor of “facilities better suited to the LifeWay of today—and of tomorrow,” said President and CEO Thom Rainer.

The stated reasons for the move include changes in the ministry’s operations over the last 50+ years, including technologies, strategies, and culture; underuse of the current facility (the ministry currently only occupies about one-third of the space); demand for the property; and opportune timing for building a new facility to better meet the ministry’s current and future needs.

Once the current property sells, Rainer expressed his interest in remaining in downtown Nashville. Several potential properties and building sites are under consideration. Rainer expressed his anticipation that a phased move plan could take up to two years.