About Thom S. Rainer

Thom S. Rainer is president of LifeWay Christian Resources. This column first appeared at ThomRainer.com.

Seven Reasons Why Church Worship Centers Will Get Smaller

Small Church

A seismic shift is taking place in American church facilities, a shift that will become even more noticeable in the years to come. Church worship centers or sanctuaries will become smaller than they were the past 40 years. As church leaders decide to build, a large number of them will decide to build smaller than […]


Four Steps Forward for the Very Sick Church

Sickness

In my previous post, I addressed the issue of very sick churches, noting that as many as 40 percent of the American congregations fall in that category. Several readers commented that they would like me to write about possible solutions to the problem. I love to be a dispenser of hope. But I refuse to […]


Seven Habits of Highly Effective Church Staff Meetings

Staff Meetings

I confess. I used to hate meetings. In fact I was very vocal about meetings being a waste of time. In most meetings I attended, I daydreamed about a dozen other ways I could be spending my time more productively. Over time I would discover the problem was not the meeting per se, but the […]


7 Deadly Thoughts of Leaders

Deadly Warning

By the time we hear of a leadership failure, any attempts at intervention to save the leader are usually futile. The damage has been done. The family or organization suffers as their leader has fallen or, at the very least, made a major mistake. Most great leadership failures, however, don’t begin with some stupid action. […]


7 Reasons Your Church Needs to Go On a Diet

Fruit Smoothie Diet

Most churches—more than eight out of ten—are busy. Too busy. These churches need to slim down their plethora of programs, activities, and ministries. They need to go a busyness diet. Unfortunately, many church leaders equate activities with godliness or ministry fruitfulness. For certain, churches must have some clear plan of discipleship for their members. Sadly, some of the busiest […]


Seven Things in the Church That Will Not Change

Pillars

I love following church trends. I have been researching and consulting with churches for over thirty years. It’s just what I do. Sometimes I am pretty good about projecting current trends toward a future reality. Of course, I’ve had my share of misses as well. Still, I thoroughly enjoy every facet about studying local churches. […]


Three Changing Trends in American Churches

Stats

I am a trend watcher, particularly among churches in America. I am not particularly insightful or smart; I simply listen and speak to many churches. In fact, through my travels, blog, and other social media, I hear from thousands of church leaders every week. The three trends I’ve recently noticed are not new. What is […]


Seven Reasons Every Pastor Should Have a Blog

Pastors Should Be Blogging

The title of this article may seem both presumptuous and audacious. Do I really believe everypastor should have a blog? Yes I do. I speak to pastors in numerous settings, and I am able to share with them the benefits of such a discipline in writing. Understand that writing a blog can begin simple with little […]


The Twelve Biggest Challenges Pastors and Church Staff Face

apathy

In my latest non-scientific Twitter survey, I asked the following question of pastors and church staff: What is your biggest challenge in ministry? Here are the top twelve responses with representative quotes. I’ve taken the liberty to expand most of the quotes from their abbreviated form in Twitter. Apathy and internal focus.  “I have been in […]


Ten Things I’ve Learned about Pastors in Two Years

Thom Rainer

Though this blog is four years old, I did not get serious about the pace of my blogging until about two years ago. If you have spent any time at my blog, you know that I devote a lot of my writings to local church matters in general, and to pastors specifically. The world of […]


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