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By Thom S. Rainer The research and the post got me in trouble five years ago. So, why am I re-visiting this issue? Over the past few weeks, I have been involved in micro consultations. We bring ten pastors together for one and one-half days of intensive training and practical planning. With...
Location: Yuma, Arizona Pastor: Michael Weiser Weekly Worship: 10:30 a.m., Mountain Time Fast Facts:Greater Hope Community Church is a very small church in the Foothills of Yuma, Arizona. The Pastor has been with the church two years, coming in after a church split, and is seeking to revitalize and grow the church. Pray...
How Extroverted Pastors Overcome Struggles — Sam Rainer Partly because they are more outgoing, I believe extroverted pastors get the benefit of the doubt in leadership—more so than introverted pastors. Many have tackled the subject of how introverts can overcome weaknesses, but I haven’t noticed as much written about extroverted pastors. As...
Turkey is continuing its offensive on Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria this morning. The BBC reports that at least eleven civilians have died while tens of thousands have fled their homes. The offensive began two days ago after President Trump moved American troops out of the area. When the president...
Podcast Episode #579 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Eric Roberts joins the podcast today to discuss how to build a worship ministry. Eric has created over 300 free videos to help churches raise up skilled worship leaders. Training through Eric’s ministry, worshiptheking.com,...
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has issued a proclamation declaring today a voluntary “Day of Prayer, Humility, and Fasting.” He explained: “We know that prayer accomplishes much. Prayer strengthens our families and it strengthens our communities. It strengthens our relationship with our neighbors. It strengthens our relationship with God himself.” As...
SUBSCRIBE TODAY:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • Spotify Thom and Mark take time to listen to the listeners. This is the first of a two part series where the listeners provide the content for the podcast. In today’s episode Thom and Mark answer questions about retirement and volunteer placement. Episode...
A Kurdish woman participates in a demonstration outside European Parliament in Brussels on Oct. 9, 2019.When cultural or geopolitical events warrant, we publish website articles intended to explain the issues and offer biblical perspective. In this context, we’ll look today at the escalating conflict in Syria involving Turkey and...
An In-N-Out Burger sign in American Fork, Utah, on July 28, 2019.In-N-Out Burger, founded in 1948, is one of America’s most iconic brands. Buns are still baked with slow-rising dough each morning; the hamburgers are never frozen; heat lamps, microwaves, and freezers are banned from the premises. The recipes...
By Sam Rainer I’ve never liked the idea of requiring office hours for pastors and ministry staff. Ministry demands a “go” mentality. It’s hard to go when you have to sit at a desk all day. Assuming you have at least one person in a support role to answer phones...
Tyra Winters is a cheerleader at Rockwall High School east of Dallas. She was riding on a homecoming parade float when she saw a desperate mother and a little boy in trouble. She later told a reporter, “I see the kid. I see a little bright red face and his...
Podcast Episode #578 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Every church has varying membership requirements. In today’s podcast Thom and Sam discuss membership classes and the strengths and weaknesses of church expectations. Some highlights from today’s episode – Church membership is the lived out metaphor...
New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis wears a "Man of God" headband during an NFL game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 15, 2019.Arizona, Oakland, Green Bay, Buffalo, and Indianapolis all scored upset wins in yesterday’s pro football action. Baseball’s playoffs continue, hockey has started, and basketball is...
By Thom Rainer Our churches did well in reaching the agrarian culture. We gave the farmers time to get the chores done and get to church by 11:00 am. Unfortunately, this culture began to wane around 1860 with the onset of the railroad and industrial age. Most of our churches have...
Location: Nacogdoches, Texas Pastor: Pastor Craig Ireland Weekly Worship: 10:30 AM, Central Fast Facts:Oak Grove Baptist Church is in the process of revitalization. The pastor has been at the church for 2 years, and they are seeing the wonderful work of the Lord’s reviving grace in their midst. The church has a...
From Around the Web: 5 Signs You May Be Losing Your Edge as a Leader — Carey Nieuwhof I have a theory that everyone needs to renew their leadership every 7-10 years or you grow stagnant. If you don’t renew yourself, you stagnate....
Brandt Jean, Botham Jean's younger brother, hugs former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger after she was sentenced to ten years in jail on Oct. 2, 2019, in Dallas.Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was sentenced Wednesday to ten years in prison for killing twenty-six-year-old Botham Jean in his apartment....
Podcast Episode #577 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify The local church is responsible for engaging the community. Many churches today are declining because they are too inward focused. In today’s episode Thom and Sam discuss the basics of engaging the community and...
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.Today is the annual “Bring Your Bible to School Day.” Supported by Focus on the Family, the day is intended to empower students and their families to live their faith boldly on campus and in society. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees recently recorded a...
SUBSCRIBE TODAY:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • Spotify In today’s episode Dr. Rainer unpacks his most recent research project that studied the revived church. The qualitative research reveals 7 characteristics of churches that have moved from dying to revived. Episode highlights include: We have a tendency to blame others of the...
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, left, listens to Gen. Hossein Salami at a military parade near Tehran, Iran, on Sept. 22, 2019.“This sinister regime must be wiped off the map and this is no longer . . . a dream (but) it is an achievable goal.” This was the declaration...
By: Chuck Lawless We can learn a lot about a church by reviewing its written documents. I encourage you to evaluate your own congregation based on these documents. 1. By-laws. The by-laws of a church typically speak to day-to-day operations and are often more easily changed than a church’s constitution. Quite...
I recently endured a gruesome situation at my ministry job.  My supervisor was appropriately leaning hard on me to repent for a mess in which I was complicit. I felt, before God, that I had repented but could not figure out how to convince my supervisor of this. I didn’t...
Helga Page was born on April 2, 1945, in the barracks of Dachau, a concentration camp in southern Germany. Her birth occurred nine months after her mother was raped by a German prison guard. Her parents were not Jewish; they were imprisoned because of their opposition to the Nazis. Her...
Podcast Episode #576 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Today’s episode features new co-host Sam Rainer, Lead Pastor of West Bradenton Baptist Church in Bradenton, FL and President of Church Answers. The discussion today is about neighborhood church adoption. Some highlights from today’s episode...
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays near the Mediterranean Sea during a Tashlikh ceremony in Herzeliya, Israel.I am returning from the Holy Land this morning after having led a study tour of Israel. As our group left last night, Rosh Hashanah was beginning. This is the Jewish New Year, celebrating...
As I am writing this post, I just concluded a coaching call with an incredible friend and member of the Church Answers community. He was facing the uncomfortable situation where some of his church staff and church members engaged in a social media debate that did little good and,...
Location: Ocala, Florida Pastor: Alan Cotney Weekly Worship: 8:00, 9:30, 10:30, & 11:00 am, Eastern Fast Facts:College Road Baptist Church is one church in two languages at two locations. They have English and Spanish services at their Ocala and Dunnellon, Florida campuses. They are a multigenerational and multiethnic congregation in a fast growing...
One of the Most Revealing Questions to Ask Your Church — Sam Rainer Over the years, I’ve refined the types of questions I ask and the way I ask questions. Some questions don’t elicit much of a response. Other questions cause people to pause and think. Then there are the questions that...
Podcast Episode #575 SUBSCRIBE:iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify This is Jonathan Howe’s last episode on the podcast. For those who may have missed it, he was recently named the Vice President for Communications at the SBC Executive Committee. So today, we are...
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