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Thom S. Rainer

Thom S. Rainer
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http://thomrainer.com/
Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Prior to LifeWay, he served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama and earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to speaking in hundreds of venues over the past 20 years, Rainer led Rainer Group, a church and denominational consulting firm, from 1990 to 2005. The firm provided church health insights to over 500 churches and other organizations over that period. Rainer and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons: Sam, Art and Jess, who are married to Erin, Sarah and Rachel respectively. The Rainers have six grandchildren: Canon, Maggie, Nathaniel, Will (with the Lord), Harper, and Bren. He is the author of twenty-four books, including Breakout ChurchesSimple LifeSimple ChurchRaising Dad, The Millennials, and Essential Church. His recent book, I Am a Church Member, was #1 on the CBA best-seller list for several months and Autopsy of a Deceased Church was just released in May 2014 by B&H Publishing Group.

Have We Lost the Vision for Reaching Our Community?

Reach out to your community and live. Or, neglect it and die. It’s really that simple.

A Simple but Incredible Way to Reach Your Community and Grow

Tom’s church tried a unique way of reaching out to their church’s community. We gave each of our members attending a loaf of bread and asked them to give the bread to someone in their neighborhood or community.

Avoiding The Church Comparison Trap

Comparing your church to another church can be one of the worst things you do as a church leader. Instead, learn from churches.

Avoiding The Church Comparison Trap

Comparing your church to another church can be one of the worst things you do as a church leader. To be clear, I am not...

A Simple but Incredible Way to Reach Your Community and Grow

We tried something seemingly non-spectacular at our church. We gave each of our members attending a loaf of bread and asked them to give the...

14 Key Reasons for the Breakdown of Church Unity

The church is in disunity for several reasons including gossip, self-serving leaders and lack of prayer. This breakdown of unity severely hinders our mission of reaching the lost and building the Kingdom of God.

The Main Reason People Leave a Church

Research studies all seem to return to one major theme to explain the exodus of church members: a sense of some need not being filled. In other words, these members have ideas of what a local congregation should provide for them, and they leave because those provisions have not been met. But many times, probably more than we would like to believe, a church member leaves a local body because he or she has a sense of entitlement.

5 Affirmations Leaders Need to Give Their Children

Pastors’ children find themselves in a complicated position within the church community. Members’ expectations about their behavior, harmful gossip, and the taxing schedule of their pastoring parent may cause anxiety and breed cynicism in so-called “PKs” (Pastor’s Kids). Thom provides us with five reminders about how to combat this.

7 Reasons Not to Hire More Church Staff

Churches need to take many factors into consideration when hiring more staff. The decision is not based simply on congregation size. Leaders must consider the context of the need for new staff, paying attention to this list of reasons not to hire more people.

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