ABOUT THOM RAINER

Thom Rainer
Thom 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 Churches, Simple Life, Simple Church, Raising Dad, The Millennials, and Essential Church.  His latest book, Autopsy of a Deceased Church, was released in 2014 by B&H Publishing Group.

The Great Commission Is Not Great Numbers

We need all churches. All sizes of churches. We need more churches. It’s not either/or. It’s both/and. a debate on church size bears no good fruit.

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10 Ideas About Church in Ten Years

Some outliers and trends are pointing us toward some key directions for the church in the next ten years.

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The Real Reasons Your Search Process is Taking Too Long

All things considered, more and more churches are struggling because they are going longer periods of time without a pastor.

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This is the Most Toxic Threat a Church Member Will Make

One of the most toxic statements a church member or group of church members can make is, “We pay the bills at this church.”

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7 Traits of Increasingly Generous Churches

Generous churches with increased giving per member have seven dominant characteristics.

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Six Perspective Shifts of the Persevering Church

Six major adjustments real churches that had real turnarounds made when most people said it was impossible.

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Clarity Process

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