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Created on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 / Equipment
Tags: Thom Rainer, worship center, seating, churches, pews, chairs, stackable, mobile, theater seats, capacity, flexibility
One of the larger expenses of many churches, and often an area of contention, is the type of seating in the worship center. I have been amazed to hear stories of intense church arguments over seating in ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Youth With a Mission, Ministry Today 21, Loren Cunningham, missionaries, discipleship training, schools, Brazil, World Cup, Olympics
When Loren Cunningham launched Youth With a Mission in 1960, his inspiration came from a vision he had received four years earlier while on a college summer break. Cunningham found himself looking at a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 May 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Cityteam, movement, discipleship, Holy Spirit, Great Commission, converts, Muslims, church planting, Bible, iDisciple, training, seminars
... what He had in mind. Initiated in 2001, the ministry has helped plant almost 29,000 churches in 50 nations and has won almost 1 million converts—a third of them Muslims. With an international staff of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 May 2014 / Worship
Tags: Thom Rainer, church, services, changes, objective research, National Congregations Study, Duke University, choirs, dress, casual, screens, preaching, longer, multi, attendees, diverse, conflict, ...
... If you, however, attended a church worship service in 2000 and then returned to that same church in 2010, there is a high likelihood you would see dramatic changes had taken place in only 10 years. What, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 May 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Jared Moore, pastor, realities, blessings, ministry, training, immature church, angry, failure, legalism, liberalism, ignorance, tradition, opposition, preaching, teaching
The blessings of ministry far outweigh the realities below; however, ministry is definitely not easy. Don’t waste your time and money going to seminary or college for pastoral training if you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, church names, trends, Bible study, denomination, affiliation, Baptist, Christ, Assembly, Community, unchurched, Internet, relationships
The call came from an eager young man starting a new church in Florida. He already had 50 people meeting in homes in Bible studies. They had secured a leased space to launch the church in just a few months. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, LifeWay, criticism, leadership, unrealistic expectations, ministry, blessed, calling, Jonah, love, unconditionally, eyes, resurrected Lord, gospel, focus
By my warped standards, it was not a good day. After nearly nine years serving as president and CEO of LifeWay, I have learned that criticisms are a part of the life and leadership I have. But the critics ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, Christian, narcissism, Jesus Christ, leaders, inconsiderate, selfish, excessive attention, entitlement, brilliant, charismatic, behavior, prayer, eyes opened, humility, trust, adviser, ...
Narcissism should not be said in the same breath as Christian. The former is love of self; the latter is love of God in Jesus Christ. But the sad reality is that narcissism can and often does creep into ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 / Worship
Tags: Thom Rainer, Lifeway Research, Millennials, Texas, data, worship style, blended styles, war, paradigm, rich content, theological truths
... had the opportunity to speak on the subject on many occasions. We reminded this audience in Dallas of the birthdates of this generation, 1980 to 2000, and then proceeded to share our research. We had commissioned ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, weight loss, obesity, bad health habits, ice cream, gluttony, health, BMI, physical exam, diabetes, energy, treadmill, three miles, pedometer
In a previous post, I confessed my obesity and my desire for God to change my bad health habits. I felt my Christian witness was compromised by my gluttony. I also promised that my blog would not become ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 28 March 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, supportive, spouse, marriage, ministry, church staff, pastors, Harvard Business Review, emotional support, career demands, practical help, career advice, relocation
I am tempted to say that my ministry would be incomplete without my wife, Nellie Jo. It is more accurate, however, to say I likely wouldn’t have a ministry without her. She not only has been supportive; ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 March 2014 / Worship
Tags: Don Chapman, worship ideas, praise, songs, singable, professionals, congregation, music, songbook, frenzy, confidence, struggling, train wreck, vocal range
Do you ever wonder why your congregation isn’t singing louder, or singing at all? Your songs may be the culprit. Find a congregational praise song with a great melody and lyrics, and you’re set, right? ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 20 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Thom Rainer, do-overs, pastors, failures, regrets, struggles, failures, response, anger, obsession, critics, admit mistake, neglect, family member, church need, initiative, buy-in, megachurch
We are certainly to move forward from past failures and regrets. Paul told us to “forget what is behind and reach forward to what is ahead” (Phil. 3:13). But we can learn from the wisdom of others, even ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / Education
Tags: Pastor, training, 21st century, theology, biblical truths, missions, disciplines, American culture, shift, international mission field, language, non-Christian culture, cultural Christians, Thom ...
Any pastor or other church staff member should be prepared in biblical truths. Theology is a key discipline as well. Indeed, none of the classical disciplines should be forsaken, nor any of the practical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 February 2014 / Children
Tags: Dale Hudson, ineffective, children's ministry, devastating, affects, families, communities, destroyed, failed, training, faith, broken, lost, spiritually obese, dead religion
Do you ever wonder why some children who grew up in church don’t want to have anything to do with it anymore? Do you ever wonder why the family unit as a whole in your community has been destroyed? Could ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 February 2014 / Children
Tags: Parents, invest, extra-curricular activities, children, martial arts, tutoring, sports, spiritual investment, worship training, peace, environment, creativity, inspiration, memorization, the Wor
Parents typically spend hundreds of dollars on extracurricular activities for their children. Money spent on training in martial arts is considered an investment in children’s safety. Private tutoring ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, sabbatical, Lifeway Resources, time off, rest, deeper study, churches, requirement, emotional highs and lows, vocations, longer tenures
The word sabbatical has different meanings depending on the context in which it is used. It has one meaning in the academic community, another meaning in its biblical usage, and still another in many ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 January 2014 / Ethics
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastor, tragic, affair, church member, sexual encounter, wife, devotion, patterns, vulnerabilities, neglect, accountability, guidelines, counseling, prayer time, Bible reading
The conversation is always sad, always tragic. The pastor who left his church after a two-year affair with another church member; the student pastor who has been out of vocational ministry since he had ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 / Service
Tags: Recruiting, volunteers, church, Brian Flax, maintanence, advertising, help, ask, training, word of mouth, social media, Facebook
Recruiting volunteers for your church or religious group is a time-consuming process, especially if only one person has taken on the responsibility to do so. Recruiting and maintaining a good group of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 January 2014 / Adversity
Tags: Thom Rainer, denominations, churches, arguments, worship, music style, services, churches die, attire, salaries, megachurches, working hours, why people, pastor's wife
For many years I served as a consultant to churches and denominations, a role I relinquished when I became president of LifeWay more than eight years ago. Part of our consultative process was interviewing ... [ +++ ]
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