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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 ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 24 January 2014 / Culture
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, hurting, challenging, immoral, community, Pew Research, clergy, moral failures, widespread coverage, Christian faith, nation, marginalize, tenure, entitlement mentality, social ...
A day does not pass that I do not hear from a hurting pastor. Serving in that role has to be one of the most challenging vocations today. Sure, there are some bad and immoral pastors. But the vast majority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Mark Driscoll, flock-focused leader, sheep-focused leader, elders, deacons, local church, Mars Hill, evangelism, classes, community groups, marriage, prayer, sick, hospital visits, conflict, train ...
Sheep-focused elders and deacons work in a local church, caring for the people in that local church. In the New Testament, we know that local churches had elders and deacons, even though we know very few ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Ron Edmondson, physical training, spiritual training, gluttony, skinny, Pillsbury Doughboy, mental capacity, energy, ministry, discipline, forced rest
One would have to be living under a rock to not know we have grown larger as a people in the United States. Obesity is a growing concern in our nation. And, few in the church have bothered with the issue ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 15 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, joy, pastors, babysit, wife, church, sermon, critic, committee, salary, kids, normal life, preparation
I just received a letter from a delightful lady. She was a member of a church where I was ordained in the ministry. What I remember most about her was the way she offered encouragement to the pastors of ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 January 2014 / Discipleship
Tags: Aubrey Malphurs, leaders, pastors, 21st century, ministry, character, high-impact ministry, definition, servants, Jesus, lay leaders, leadership training, biblical guidelines, core, leadership competencies, ...
... Building Leaders, Baker Book House, 2004), and their lay leaders in particular. As you read this article, ask how you might apply this material to your people in your unique situation. The Definition of ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
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