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Created on Monday, 25 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian resources, breakout pastors, breakout churches, hopelessness, hopefulness, possibilities, reality, long term, perspective, increments, setbacks, intentionality, outward ...
If you want to experience an "a-ha" moment about revitalizing churches, this research may be the near the top. Most of you have heard the dire information and statistics about congregations in North America. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, Millennials, Baby Boomers, generation, local churches, smaller venues, enemy, denounce, culture, cooperation, worship wars, communities, involvement
... the Millennials are from 1980 to 2000. So the oldest member of this generation is 34, while the youngest is only 14. But their impact is already noticeable, and it will be for years to come. Here are 10 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Chuck Lawless, bivocational, ministry, serve, church, income, dependence, connected, non-believers, ministry, missions, missiology, delegate, train, laypersons, theological training, calling
"I didn't come to seminary to be a bivocational minister, to have to get another kind of job," my student told me. I may not have agreed with my student, but I did understand his thinking. Back then (almost ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 August 2014 / Worship
Tags: David Santistevan, struggle, Sunday morning, worship, train wreck, stress, identity, Monday mornings, silence, pride, failure, presence of Jesus, limelight
When I woke up this morning, I was anxious. I didn't know who I was. No, not in a scary, schizophrenic kind of way. I wasn't at peace with who I was, my identity, and what I was called to do. Every morning ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 08 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Resources, unleadable, church members, pastor, overt negativity, pray, blessings, families, attitude, mentor, recalcitrant, new members class, influencers, consistency
"I am so frustrated. I am ready to leave this church and the pastorate altogether. The church members are unleadable." The email came to me just as I quoted. Though I didn't think "unleadable" was a word, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 06 August 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Thom Rainer, sermons, length, LifeWay Christian Resources, trends, social media polls, anecdotal information, no constraints, shorter, longer
What is the trend? Are church members and church leaders saying sermons should be longer or shorter? The answer is "yes." If my answer is confusing, I understand. But the reality is there are two major ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 July 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, congregations, search committees, pastors, elder board, lay leaders, contact, stay in touch, limbo, issues, strengths, challenges
On occasion, I provide updates on issues and strategies regarding pastor search committees. Congregations across America call pastors to their churches in a variety of ways. As church polity varies, so ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 July 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, ministerial leader, leave, church, mistake, call, conflict, criticism, match, family needs, skills, fired, forced out, ministry, denominational, parachurch, paycheck
I am reticent to write this article. I do not want to encourage pastors to leave churches too early. Frankly, many pastors have shared with me that, in the aftermath of their departures, they realized ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Ed Stetzer, evangelism, outreach, tools, witness, Christ, Billy Graham, My Hope, Evangelism Explosion, The Story, I am Second, training, resources, Life on Mission, Alpha courses, The God Test
Churches desire to make disciples and they want people to be actively sharing their faith and interacting with unchurched people. That's a good thing. Many believers would like to be bold about witnessing ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 July 2014 / Community
Tags: Thom Rainer, dysfunctional, church, symptoms, theological errors, eschatology, denials, pastor eater, severe conflict, community, worship, attendance, decline
If you want to hear about really sick churches, then stick with me on this post. If you are tired about many of us writing about the sordid state of congregations, I understand. Skip this article and I ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, adversity, dying, church, life, autopsy, hard data, health, help, significance, influence, guilt, dependence, community, love, control, miracle
I have written another article that presented the findings of my "autopsy" on a church that recently closed its doors and died. I knew the church well because I had been their leadership's consultant 10 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 04 July 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Thom S. Rainer, church, revitalization, mirror, factors, hindering, Great Commission, priority, evangelism, laypersons, pastors, staff, excuse mentality, prayer, compassionate, Christ-like, intentionality, ...
There is no shortage of pundits who are providing to us the gloomy and dismal state of American congregations, and, indeed, of many churches around the world. For sure, I am among the guilty. While personal ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 July 2014 / Media
Tags: Phil Cooke, media ministry, success, Joel Osteen, Billy Graham, Joyce Meyer, Salvation Army, American Bible Society, whole package, production quality, creativity, response, training, media buying, ...
Pastors and ministry leaders come to me from time to time and ask an interesting question: "Do for me what you did for Joel Osteen." Apparently, they think it's easy. But whenever I've worked with ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 June 2014 / Money
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, salary, topic of discussion, congregation, contention, public information, humility, benefits, expenses, insurance, critics, leverage, misperception, overpaid, family members, ...
If you want a lively discussion, then the topic of the pastor's salary can usually meet that need. I have discussed this issue in the past on both my blog and my podcast. In both cases, the conversation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 27 June 2014 / Youth
Tags: Greg Stier, full-time, ministry, youth leaders, stars, longevity, burn out, prayer, fitness, physical, mental, lifestyle, cardio, weight training, marathon, intentionality, mission, planning, excellence, ...
Over the last 25 years of full-time ministry (as a church planter, youth guy and para-church director), I have seen all sorts of youth leaders. Some are like falling stars; a bright streak of light that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, church, tenure, mystery, third year, Breakout Churches, honeymoon, perspective, expectations, relationship, relationships, seasons, letdown, prayer, intentional
Pastors generally don't stay long at churches. The average tenure is between three and four years. But, as our research has shown consistently, longer tenure is needed for church health. Longer tenure ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Thom Rainer, productive, pastor, ministry, demanding, race, spiritually disciplined, pray, physically disciplined, appointments, sermon preparation, priorities, accomplishment, sleep
The work of pastoral ministry is a joy, but it's also demanding. Every pastor is on call 24/7. Expectations of members are high and sometimes unreasonable. Pastors are thus expected to "run the race" constantly. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church, autopsy, death, caution, pessimism, optimism, reality, leaders, prayer movements, church planting, revitalization, theology, practical ministry
I know. I have been a spokesman for gloom and doom of the local church. I've even written a book about church autopsies—not necessarily a topic of hope and joy. There have, however, been reasons ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 June 2014 / Church Growth
Tags: Kristy Rutter, Ed Stetzer, LifeWay, Thom Rainer, churches, multi-site, merger, strategy, success, The Chapel, Chicago, Kingdom, church plants
I have had the privilege of working with the Chapel, a multisite church in the Chicago land area for the last 4 years. I started with them in 2009 to spearhead this "experiment" to see if we could launch ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 06 June 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Christian Resources, pastors, church members, human, family member, criticize, bad days, sermons, home runs, sensitive, salary, church numbers, true friend, preaching, good people, ...
In a recent article, I noted nine things church members would like to say to their pastors. In this article, I represent the pastors. Please hear me clearly. Most pastors love church members dearly. They ... [ +++ ]
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