ABOUT SAM RAINER III

Sam serves as lead pastor of West Bradenton Baptist Church. He is also the president of Rainer Research, and he is the co-founder/co-owner of Rainer Publishing. His desire is to provide answers for better church health. Sam is author of the book, Obstacles in the Established Church, and the co-author of the book, Essential Church. He is an editorial advisor/contributor at Church Executive magazine. He has also served as a consulting editor at Outreach magazine. He has written over 150 articles on church health for numerous publications, and he is a frequent conference speaker. Before submitting to the call of ministry, Sam worked in a procurement consulting role for Fortune 1000 companies. Sam holds a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from the University of South Carolina, an M.A. in Missiology from Southern Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Dallas Baptist University.

Vision Moves Your Church in these Four Ways

Leadership does not happen without vision. Vision is meant to inspire, engage, and capture the heart. In the church, vision statements are common, but not enough of them move the congregation to action.

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Three Foundations for Church Revitalization

Regardless of the amount of work required, whether it’s one ministry area or the entire congregation, there are three must-haves of every church revitalization.

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The Dangerous Moment When Attendance Drops but Giving Stays Strong

What’s happening in churches where giving remains strong while attendance drops?

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How to Select the Right Mission Partner for Your Church

Here’s a six-part checklist to help your church begin the decision process for selecting mission partners.

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These Kinds of Slow Growth are Actually Healthier

Don’t confuse complacency with a slow pace. Some congregations are willing to move forward; it just takes them a little longer.

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Five Giving Trends in Today’s Church

Worship attendance, conversions, and baptisms are often the most scrutinized metrics in churches, but giving trends are close behind.

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Clarity Process

Three effective ways to start moving toward clarity right now.