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Thom Rainer
Worked at LifeWay Christian Resources
Attended University of Alabama
Lives in Nashville, TN
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I have a heart for the established church. I see one of God’s callings in my life to have some influence in the revitalization of established churches.
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When there is meaningful dialog between the pastors and the congregations at traditional established churches and their mutual decision to move forward together in the "one another" relationship that God honors, then established churches and the "Captain America" Pastors will face continued decline and dissension. There is a real fear from sides of the pulpit that needs to be addressed, because there still are real opportunities of both the pastor, membership and the church leadership to make a difference! 
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Practices in employing pastors are changing rapidly in the American landscape
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Check this out...I have seen this trend to be true. What is your experience at your church? 
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Narcissism should not be said in the same breath as Christian. The former is love of self; the latter is love of God in Jesus Christ.
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I recommend that most churches need a social media director. For the majority of churches, this person will be an unpaid volunteer.
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If my Church decided to pay a Social Media director, I would apply on the spot. Great post.
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As we approach the Easter season, perhaps these questions will help you consider what guests experience at your church.
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It is good to have reserved parking for guests, but if all the other parking spots are filled but the guest spots remain empty what message does that share?
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Church leader, let the resurrected Lord surprise you with His glory this week. He is risen indeed!
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There are many resources available on virtual assistants. They are typically for a small business person or entrepreneur, but can be adapted for a pastor.
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I read a lot about leadership, but that’s not the primary way I’ve learned about leadership. To be honest, most of the important insights I’ve learned about leadership have not come from a book.
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I wish when I was growing in my leadership skills I had this input. Worth sharing for those on the rise in their careers.
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As I converse and hear from church leaders across the country and beyond, I often hear of their challenges and fears.
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Millennial Christians, and a many seekers among their generation, are gravitating to churches where the teaching and preaching is given a high priority.
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They want it to be "real" and meaningful, a place where God is alive and doing things in the hearts of the congregation. Shouldn't we all? 
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I currently serve as president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources.  Prior to LifeWay, I served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where I was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism.  I am a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama and earned my Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

In addition to speaking in hundreds of venues each year, I 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. 

My wife, Nellie Jo, and I have three grown sons: Sam, Art and Jess, who are married to Erin, Sarah and Rachel respectively.  We have four grandchildren: Canon, Maggie, Nathaniel, and Will (with the Lord).

I have authored twenty-two books, including Simple Life, Simple Church, Raising Dad, and Essential Church.  My latest book is The Millennials co-authored with my son, Jess.

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  • University of Alabama
    1977
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    MDIV
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
    Ph.D.
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