by Thom Rainer, LifeWay, 6/3/19.
by Thom Rainer, ThomRainer.com, 3/14/19.
Listen to the podcast here … https://thomrainer.com/2019/03/why-revitalizing-pastors-need-coaching-revitalize-replant-084/
by Thom Rainer, ThomRainer.com, 3/11/19.
Research is from Vanderbloemen, Pushpay, and Jay Kranda. All of the 176 churches participating in the study have an online church, so we are hearing from those who are presently very active in this ministry…
Some of the key findings of this study? Here are nine insights:
by Thom Rainer, LifeWay, 3/6/19.
…In addition to the categorization of churches as
- declining/subtracting (Level 1),
- plateauing (Level 2), and
- growing/adding (Level 3),
- A Level 4 (reproducing) church places a high value and priority on starting new churches.
- A level 5 (multiplying) church takes church planting to multiple generations of congregations.
by Thom Rainer, Facts and Trends, 12/6/18.
…Non-Christians are more likely to come to worship services on Christmas Eve than any other day of the year, including Easter. Church leaders get it. They are putting more prayer, preparation, and strategic thinking into the services.
by Aaron Earls, LifeWay, 6/14/18.
… (Rainer:) “ministry is harder now than it used to be.” In the past, he said, churches could grow by drawing in nominal Christians as there was still a cultural benefit to church attendance. “That is no longer the case,” he said.
Many churches rightly jettisoned a programmatic approach to evangelism, but they failed to replace it with anything else, Rainer asserted. “Instead of reaching out,” he said, “they became inward-focused.”
Yet Rainer was optimistic about the future as he spoke at the breakfast with Jonathan Howe, director of strategic initiatives at LifeWay and co-host of the “Rainer on Leadership” podcast.
Rainer noted the importance of personal evangelism in seeing a denominational renewal. “The way to turn things around is if every member of every church will answer the call of the Great Commission and say, ‘Here am I. Send me,’” he said. That includes pastors and leaders.
…Rainer noted the importance of personal evangelism in seeing a denominational renewal. “The way to turn things around is if every member of every church will answer the call of the Great Commission and say, ‘Here am I. Send me,’” he said. That includes pastors and leaders.
Read more at … https://factsandtrends.net/2018/06/13/thom-rainer-points-way-forward-despite-denominational-challenges/
by Thom Rainer, 3/21/18
- Attitudinal Angst
- Slippage Syndrome
- Detail Distraction
- Institutional Idolatry
- Activity Acclimation
- Purposeless Prayer
- Detrimental Defensiveness