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Created on Friday, 03 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, predictions, church, 2014, trends, data, LifeWay Research, momentum, leaders, consultation, confidence factor, church acquisitions, denominational structures, conversion growth, megachurches, ...
Predicting is as much of an art as it is a science. And if any prognosticator is honest, he or she will tell you that they don’t always get it right. I know. I certainly don’t always get it right. But ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 25 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Research, joyful, pastor, Bible, prayer time, daily, family time, calendar, long-term perspective, churches, sense of humor, blame, circumstances
I have in front of me the names of 20 pastors I know well. It did not take me long to assemble the names by the specific trait I was seeking. Simply said, I wanted to find out what names I would write ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom S. Rainer, LifeWay, pastors, stress, life, struggles, families, day off, unhappy spouse, glass house, financial needs, criticisms
Most pastors love their calling. Most pastors could not imagine doing anything else. Most pastors have joy in their ministries. I want to be clear that I don’t view pastors as a depressed, melancholy and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 12 December 2013 / Legacy
Tags: Millenials, Thom Rainer, LifeWay, churches, young adults, Christians, relationships, doctrine, community focused, worship
... 2000 are large in number, nearly 80 million. They are the largest generation in America, and they will continue to shape much of what takes place in our nation. They are also setting the tone for American ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 09 December 2013 / Growth
Tags: Thom Rainer, worship center, size, facilities, smaller, sanctuaries, declining church attendance, nones, shift, multi-site venue
... Pew Research found that the number of Americans who say they have no religious affiliation increased from 15 percent of the population to 20 percent from 2007 to 2012. This shift is huge. One out of five ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, Christmas, gifts, appreciation, responses, heartbreak, cash, pain, exhortation, inquiry, financial struggle, Thanksgiving
I am always grateful when pastors and church members share with me topics of interest to them. Those suggestions tend to be viewed by more readers than my own ideas. I guess that says something about my ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Cancer, transition, Percy McCray, prayer, optimism, stress, immune system, National Institute of Health, God Changes Your Brain, Our Journey of Hope, faith
Belief can make the difference for a life in transition. During difficult times when an individual must prioritize their health, a spiritual or religious faith can ease tensions, boost attitude and ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 November 2013 / Education
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, church, membership, classes, Twitter, poll, teaching, efficiency, options, Bible study, legalistic, benefits
One of the most significant changes in church practices in the past 15 years is the requirement of an entry class to be granted church membership. In a 1997 survey I did, only 17 percent of churches were ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay Resources, sick churches, solutions, survival, congregations, hope, false hope, decline, God, miracles, reverse trends, action, Haggai, Nehemiah
In my previous post on my website, I addressed the issue of very sick churches, noting that as many as 40 percent of American congregations fall in that category. Several readers commented they would like ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 11 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, creative juices, enthusiasm, energy level, team, rhythm, burnout, external drains, compensation, energy cycles, Saddleback Church, staff members, flexible schedules
The quickest way to destroy a team is to burn them out. And you don’t have to look around the field of ministry very long to realize that the ministry is filled with burned-out leaders. But it’s possible ... [ +++ ]
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