Revitalize & Replant is sponsored by the North American Mission Board and ChurchReplanters.com. More than 10% of churches in North America are at risk of closing and the North American Mission Board is committed to reversing this trend by decreasing the death rate of existing churches while simultaneously increasing...
What would you guess might be the most popular Bible verse, according to YouVersion’s 400 million users? Philippians 4:6 is the answer. The verse says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” What does its...
By Jon Wright, Effective Ministry Strategist with Generis Whether it’s your car’s steering, your lower back or your kid’s teeth; each of the above professions are trained in the art of alignment. You hit a pothole, you reach too far into the dryer for that last sock, or simple genetics; we...
The lawyer for House Judiciary Committee Democrats told the committee yesterday that evidence for President Trump’s impeachment is “overwhelming” and “uncontradicted” and stated that it “cannot be disputed.” The Republicans’ lawyer, by contrast, stated: “This unfair process reflects the degree to which Democrats are obsessed with impeaching President Trump...
Podcast Episode #596 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Thom and Sam spend today’s episode discussing seven fiercely defended traditions in the church, why these particular traditions are so sensitive to many, and how you can help leaders be agents of positive change...
The USS Arizona has seen its last burial. Lauren Bruner was the second-to-last man to escape the ship during the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor. He was one of only 334 crew members to survive the December 7, 1941 attack that killed 1,177 of his fellow sailors. When the ship exploded,...
By Thom S. Rainer It is way too early to say we know definitive truths and trends for Gen Z. Though different demographers put their birth years at slightly different points, I have settled for birth dates from 2001 to 2019. That means the oldest Gen Zer is 18 years old,...
Location: Ellijay, Georgia Pastor: Steve Dusek Weekly Worship: Sunday: 8:30, 10:00, 11:30 AM, Eastern Fast Facts: The Orchard Church started 10 years ago as a mobile church meeting in schools, theaters, and living rooms – growing and thriving with a Simple Church mentality. The church is in a season of stretching their...
This headline is an uplifting way to begin your Friday: “Apocalyptic asteroid strike that could wipe out humanity is ‘only a matter of time,’ top scientist warns.” Professor Alan Fitzsimmons of Queen’s University Belfast told the BBC, “We will get a serious asteroid impact sometime. It may not be...
Podcast Episode #595 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify What in the world is a Berry Bucket? If you don’t think this is a relevant topic for your church join Thom and Sam as they discuss the Berry Bucket and how it...
The trailer for No Time to Die, the latest James Bond movie, came out yesterday. The previous movies in the franchise have generated more than $7 billion in worldwide box office sales.  Have you ever wondered how the iconic spy got his name?  Ian Fleming, the writer of the novels that...
Revitalize & Replant is sponsored by the North American Mission Board and ChurchReplanters.com. More than 10% of churches in North America are at risk of closing and the North American Mission Board is committed to reversing this trend by decreasing the death rate of existing churches while simultaneously increasing...
Dictionary.com has selected its word of the year for 2019: “existential.” According to the site, “existential” is “often used when the fact of someone or something’s being—its very existence—is at stake. An existential threat to a species, for example, puts its continued existence in real, concrete peril.”  Dictionary.com chose the...
By Sam Rainer  A big wave is coming towards the church. It’s the swell of retiring Boomer pastors. Most Boomer pastors are currently between the ages of 50 and 68. They won’t all retire at once, so this wave won’t crash into the church like a tsunami. However, I don’t...
Texas Governor Greg Abbott was paralyzed from the waist down in 1984 when an oak tree fell on him as he was jogging in Houston. He has since made overcoming adversity one of the themes of his public life.  For instance, he recently tweeted a video of a young man...
Podcast Episode #594 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Wouldn’t you like to know what the future holds for your church? Special guest Dave Travis from Generis joins Thom and Sam as they jump in their time machine and discuss issues and trends...
Charleston, West Virginia, has held an old-fashioned downtown Christmas Parade for many years. In early October, the city’s official Facebook page announced: “The Charleston Winter Parade will begin at the corner of the Kanawha Boulevard and Capitol Street.” Their recently elected mayor made the change to signal that their city...
By Thom S. Rainer The trends are fascinating. About 50 years ago, many congregations in the United States began adopting the “multi” model. This first phase of the multi-model was primarily multiple worship services on Sunday morning. To be certain, it was controversial. You heard cries of, “We’ve never done it...
Location: Knoxville, Iowa Pastor: Adam Hinkle Weekly Worship: 10:30 AM, Central Fast Facts: In 1988, New Covenant Church came together as a merger of three separate churches. Over the years the church has seen growth and loss. In 2018, New Covenant made the decision to fight for health and growth and entered...
Listen to The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. Americans are expected to spend roughly $87 billion on Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year. Counter to stereotypes, 88 percent of men say they plan to shop on those two days versus 85 percent of women. Men will also spend more than...
Podcast Episode #593 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify In today’s episode, Thom and Sam discuss an incredibly common topic and major pain point for many churches: change and why resistance to change exists. Highlights: The hunger for stability in a rapidly changing culture. Church...
Listen to The Daily Article Podcast, then subscribe. Welcome to America’s second-favorite holiday (next only to Christmas). But we’re a bit conflicted about the main course. Eighty-eight percent of us will eat turkey today. Unsurprisingly, 70 percent of us say it’s not a proper Thanksgiving meal without turkey. But 65 percent of...
SUBSCRIBE TODAY:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • Spotify Measurements are important. Numbers tell us where we have been and where we might be headed. Thom and Kevin take this episode to discuss 7 important metrics that should be included on a church revitalization scorecard.  The 7 church revitalization scorecard metrics: ...
Terry Hannigan Vereline is a former Army sergeant and Vietnam veteran. She made history earlier this month by becoming the first paralyzed competitor to successfully finish a marathon with the help of a robotic exoskeleton. She completed the New York City Marathon by walking the entire 26.2 miles over...
By Sam Rainer I average one about every other day. Someone wants our church to become a mission partner. The requests come through different means—email, in-person, lunch meetings, over coffee, phone calls, and social media. The asks all differ slightly, but the spirit of most of them is the same:...
“Pastor Dimitri was one of the brightest, most intelligent, and most innovative leaders I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing.” This is how one pastor remembers Dr. Dimitri Bradley, the founder of a megachurch in Virginia who was killed in a car crash last Wednesday night while driving home...
Podcast Episode #592 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Today Thom and Sam discuss the purpose of the local church as a key instrument of the Great Commission. Discipleship is the primary tool the church uses to fulfill the Great Commission. The conversation...
My wife and I saw A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood on Friday. This morning, I’d like to explain why you must see this film. And why emulating Fred Rogers’ ministry is so needed for our world and our souls. “The great enigma of modern American media”  The movie is based...
By Thom S. Rainer The obituaries of rural and small-town churches are premature. Indeed, we continue to see clear evidence of hope and promise for both the churches and the communities. While the need is still great in the cities and more urban populations, we cannot ignore God’s work and opportunities...
Location: Lewisburg, Tennessee Pastor: Joe Boyd Weekly Worship: Sunday at 10:30 AM, Central Fast Facts: LifeSong is a non-denominational church with roots in the Lewisburg, Tennessee community dating back to the 1950s. The church has gone through many seasons of growth and change, but they have remained focused on outreach to the community...
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