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Thom Rainer
Worked at LifeWay Christian Resources
Attended University of Alabama
Lives in Nashville, TN
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I had no idea that views on sexuality would change so dramatically with the generation of my three sons.
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Millennials long for a reason to belong and believe. They have fresh eyes to see the faults and shortfalls of the church the boomers embrace. 
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A church building program is a huge investment of money, ministry, and time. The aftermath of such an endeavor can be new momentum in ministry and unity.
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Church names may be important, but they are not the most important factor in people choosing a church home.
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Why that name? Why choose to visit that church? Isn't it more important that it has a "good reputation" rather than a unique name? What if the guests could name your church, what would they call it?
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Don’t quit. The best days of your ministry might be just ahead. It would be a shame if you missed them.
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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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Something's amiss in the North American church when believers average giving about 2-3 percent of their income to the church each year.
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When I was a pastor, I had many couples asked me to perform their wedding ceremonies. In fact, one year I officiated at 40 weddings.
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Biblical literacy is critical to healthy church members and churches. Explore the Bible can help your members dwell in the Word as it dwells in them richly.
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After nearly nine years serving as president and CEO of LifeWay, I have learned that criticisms are a part of the life and leadership I have.
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Failures define the value of our success! Check out Thom Rainer's thoughts about those who struggle in their ministry position.
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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 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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