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I believe the podcast is great and I think Thom does an incredible job. Unfortunately it is not much different with everything else he does, it eventually leads back to a money making scheme for Thom. Great insight, great knowledge, even more information about how to help fund his next career move after LifeWay. In the intervention episode, the answer to every answer was oh $100 a month to help you and your church.....

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I have been blessed by these podcasts. It makes me a better church member.

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368 Ratings
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346
14
5
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2

Helpful aside from shameless advertising

By Andrew028808 - Dec 08 2018
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I believe the podcast is great and I think Thom does an incredible job. Unfortunately it is not much different with everything else he does, it eventually leads back to a money making scheme for Thom. Great insight, great knowledge, even more information about how to help fund his next career move after LifeWay. In the intervention episode, the answer to every answer was oh $100 a month to help you and your church.....

Great Help

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I have been blessed by these podcasts. It makes me a better church member.

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Five Major Ways to Improve Your Worship Services – Rainer on Leadership #460

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Podcast Episode #460

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There are several things you can do in worship services to improve the experience for guests and members. Today we discuss five such things—four of which cost nothing.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Poorly done announcements can really derail a worship service. Video announcements can help eliminate that risk.
  • The most strategic place to have a greeter is in the worship center talking to people who are already seated waiting on the service to start.
  • Churches should avoid insider language because it confuses guests and makes them feel unwelcome.
  • Keep these two principles in mind in your church: use what communicates best and what communicates to guests.

The five improvements we discuss are:

  1. Use video announcements (Pro-Nounce)
  2. Allow for text questions after the sermon
  3. Make the offertory time meaningful
  4. Make certain no guests sit alone
  5. Avoid insider language

Episode Sponsors

Vanderbloemen Search Group is the premier pastor search firm dedicated to helping churches and ministries build great teams. They’ve helped thousands of churches just like yours find their church staff and are uniquely geared to help you discern who God is calling to lead your church.

For more information, visit WeStaffTheChurch.com.

The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today?

Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast

Aug 21 2018

23mins

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Top Ten Ways Churches Drive Away First-time Guests – Rainer on Leadership #452

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Podcast Episode #452

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Guest friendliness has been a constant theme on this blog and podcast over the past few years. There’s even a book that came out of these discussions. Today, we look at a classic post on the subject and unpack several ways churches actually push guests away.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Most church members think the church is friendly—because members are friendly to one another.
  • Safety and security of the children’s space at your church is of utmost importance—especially to guests.
  • If your church has a welcome center, you need to actually staff the welcome center.
  • Your church website needs to primarily focus on and highlight information for guests.

The 10 items we discuss are:

  1. Having a stand up and greet one another time in the worship service.
  2. Unfriendly church members.
  3. Unsafe and unclean children’s area.
  4. No place to get information.
  5. Bad church website.
  6. Poor signage.
  7. Insider church language.
  8. Boring or bad service.
  9. Members telling guests that they were in their seat or pew.
  10. Dirty facilities.

Episode Sponsors

Applications are now open for Vanderbloemen’s fall pastor coaching network at their Houston headquarters in September and November. There are two networks – one for Lead Pastors and one for Executive Pastors. Each group is limited to 16 people. It’s a roundtable, close-knit network where you will grow as a leader so that you can grow your team and ultimately grow your church.

If you’re interested in joining, visit vanderbloemen.com/coaching for more information.

The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today?

Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

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Jul 24 2018

22mins

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Equipping Millennials in the Church – Rainer on Leadership #443

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Podcast Episode #443

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Chris Martin, the Millennial Evangelical, joins us to discuss Ministering to Millennials and how your church can better equip and engage Millennials.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Systematic theology and classical theological training are more popular with Millennials than previous generations.
  • We are seeing more theological interest in laity from Millennials than other generations.
  • The church is a family—it should act like one.
  • It’s hard to hate someone you’re praying for.

About Ministering to Millennials and Chris Martin

What if I told you that you could fill your church with Millennials in three easy steps? I’d be lying, that’s what. What if I recommended you simply add some mood lighting to your worship, order some organic, fair trade coffee for your baristas, wear lots of plaid on stage, and then you’d have Millennials lining up to worship Jesus? Nope. Still lying. But what if I told you that by considering cultural trends and proclaiming the gospel, your church may have more opportunities to reach and equip Millennials than you do now? Now we might be onto something.

Chris Martin is a content strategist at LifeWay Christian Resources, a co-founder of LifeWay Social, and leader of the youth at City Church in Murfreesboro, TN. He founded MillennialEvangelical.com in 2014 to help pastors better understand, reach, and equip Millennials.

Episode Sponsors

The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today?

Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv.

Applications are now open for Vanderbloemen’s fall pastor coaching network at their Houston headquarters in September and November. There are two networks – one for Lead Pastors and one for Executive Pastors. Each group is limited to 16 people. It’s a roundtable, close-knit network where you will grow as a leader so that you can grow your team and ultimately grow your church.

If you’re interested in joining, visit vanderbloemen.com/coaching for more information.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

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Jun 22 2018

23mins

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How to Deal With an Angry Church Member – Rainer on Leadership #446

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Podcast Episode #446

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I get asked this question on nearly a daily basis. Pastors from all over are wanting to know how to deal with angry church members.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Responding to anger with more anger just escalates the situation.
  • Sometimes people who are lashing out in anger just want to know they’ve been heard.
  • Social media is not the place to try to end a heated argument.
  • The visceral reaction is to argue with someone who is angry with us—the spiritual reaction is to pray for them.
  • Sometimes pastors make decisions that make church members angry. It happens.

The seven ways you can deal with an angry church member are:

  1. Don’t respond in anger.
  2. Listen and repeat.
  3. Consider bringing in a third party.
  4. Try to determine the source of the anger.
  5. Dispel any factual errors calmly.
  6. Offer possible solutions.
  7. Pray with the person.

Episode Sponsors

Applications are now open for Vanderbloemen’s fall pastor coaching network at their Houston headquarters in September and November. There are two networks – one for Lead Pastors and one for Executive Pastors. Each group is limited to 16 people. It’s a roundtable, close-knit network where you will grow as a leader so that you can grow your team and ultimately grow your church.

If you’re interested in joining, visit vanderbloemen.com/coaching for more information.

The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today?

Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

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Jul 03 2018

21mins

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How to Do Staff Reviews – Rainer on Leadership #438

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Podcast Episode #438

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Staff reviews can be tricky for some pastors and church leaders. Today we discuss tips for doing those well.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • A negative staff review should not be a surprise to the staff member.
  • When setting goals for a staff member, they need to have input on the goals.
  • Supervisors need to have a relationship with the person on staff that they are evaluating.
  • If a staff issue is affecting the culture of the church or staff, it must be dealt with quickly.

The seven issues we cover on this episode are:

  1. No single way
  2. The best review has no surprises
  3. Have the staff set goals and time lines
  4. Agree on a course of action to bridge gaps
  5. If the situation is difficult, have a second person lead the review with you
  6. Be consistent with reviews
  7. Keep careful written records, signed by both the pastor and staff

Episode Sponsors

Applications are now open for Vanderbloemen’s fall pastor coaching network at their Houston headquarters in September and November. There are two networks – one for Lead Pastors and one for Executive Pastors. Each group is limited to 16 people. It’s a roundtable, close-knit network where you will grow as a leader so that you can grow your team and ultimately grow your church.

If you’re interested in joining, visit vanderbloemen.com/coaching for more information.

The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today?

Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast

Jun 05 2018

23mins

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Eight Ways the Digital World Has Changed Local Church Ministry – Rainer on Leadership #442

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Podcast Episode #442

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Churches continue to be shaped by the changing digital world. Today, we discuss eight specific ways churches have been changed by technology and digital resources.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Online community is now just as important to people as their local community.
  • We have a broadened definition of community because of online networks.
  • Tweets can be taken down, but some can never be forgotten.
  • If you wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, don’t say it online.
  • The digital world does away with geographical and denominational learning barriers.

The eight ways the digital world has affected churches are:

  1. It has redefined the locale of community.
  2. Positively: It has given us greater information for prayer and ministry.
  3. Negatively: It has increased the snarky factor.
  4. It has made the website the front door.
  5. It has broken down both geographical and denominational barriers.
  6. It has changed daily office practices.
  7. It has raised the issue of the Internet church.
  8. It has both enhanced productivity and procrastination.

Episode Sponsors

Applications are now open for Vanderbloemen’s fall pastor coaching network at their Houston headquarters in September and November. There are two networks – one for Lead Pastors and one for Executive Pastors. Each group is limited to 16 people. It’s a roundtable, close-knit network where you will grow as a leader so that you can grow your team and ultimately grow your church.

If you’re interested in joining, visit vanderbloemen.com/coaching for more information.

The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today?

Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast

Jun 19 2018

24mins

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Nine Key Statistical Insights from Churches in 2018 – Rainer on Leadership #456

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Podcast Episode #456

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Tony Morgan joins us to discuss statistical trends he’s finding in churches today and what those trends can mean for your church in the future.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Churches shouldn’t settle when it comes to attendance, but try to get members to become more regularly engaged.
  • Building a bigger building might not the best way for your church to reach more people.
  • Churches are starting to engage students as volunteers in ministry and seeing them connect better to the church as a result.
  • When your church starts to track different metrics, it forces discussions on intentionality of service and evangelism.

The nine statistical insights we discuss are:

  1. Churches are averaging 1.7% YOY attendance growth
  2. 18% of churches are multisite
  3. 45% of the congregation are serving monthly
  4. Average baptism rate is 6.4% (16:1 ratio)
  5. 60% of congregation are involved in groups
  6. Per capita giving is 47%
  7. 50% of budget is for staffing
  8. 1:61 staff to attendance ratio
  9. 56% of church staff are part time

Episode Sponsors

Vanderbloemen Search Group is the premier pastor search firm dedicated to helping churches and ministries build great teams. They’ve helped hundreds of churches just like yours find their church staff and are uniquely geared to help you discern who God is calling to lead your church.

For more information, visit WeStaffTheChurch.com.

The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today?

Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

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Aug 07 2018

25mins

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What to Do If You Are Exhausted from Doing Ministry – Rainer on Leadership #441

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Podcast Episode #441

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Ministry never stops. Because of this, it can be quite exhausting. Today, we discuss how to combat this exhaustion.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Try to do more things that energize you in ministry and fewer things that drain you.
  • Too many pastors are people pleasers and spend too much time dealing with the squeaky wheels in ministry.
  • Pastors and church staff should try to spend 20% of their time training others to do ministry.
  • When you’re on vacation, visit other churches to get ideas and encouragement.

The eight potential solutions we discuss today are:

  1. Take a break.
  2. Make certain you are spending time on those things for which you are passionate.
  3. Make certain you are not spending too much time on those things that drain you.
  4. Be cautious about the “energy vampires.”
  5. Allocate 20% of your time to equipping the saints.
  6. Visit other churches.
  7. Spend more time in prayer and the Word.
  8. Ask your spouse to give you guidance.

Episode Sponsors

The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today?

Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv.

Applications are now open for Vanderbloemen’s fall pastor coaching network at their Houston headquarters in September and November. There are two networks – one for Lead Pastors and one for Executive Pastors. Each group is limited to 16 people. It’s a roundtable, close-knit network where you will grow as a leader so that you can grow your team and ultimately grow your church.

If you’re interested in joining, visit vanderbloemen.com/coaching for more information.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

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Jun 15 2018

20mins

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Why Poor Discipleship Is Such a Big Issue in Many Churches – Rainer on Leadership #465

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Podcast Episode #465

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Discipleship is something churches say they do, but also something they don’t always really understand. Today we explain why.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Too many church leaders either don’t under stand discipleship or don’t understand how to make it effective in the local church.
  • How we do discipleship is often more confusing that what we do for discipleship.
  • Discipleship is an ongoing process, not something that is finished when we complete a study.
  • Church membership does not equal discipleship, but church attendance sure does affect it.
  • Just because you are going to church, doesn’t mean you are growing at church.

The seven reasons that we discuss today are:

  1. Lack of clear definition of discipleship
  2. Failure to see discipleship as a process
  3. Amount of time invested in the worship services
  4. The wide-open back door
  5. Failure to connect groups to discipleship
  6. Creating the false dichotomy of evangelism and discipleship
  7. Failure to emphasize daily Bible reading

Episode Sponsors

The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today?

Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv.

Vanderbloemen Search Group is the premier pastor search firm dedicated to helping churches and ministries build great teams. They’ve helped thousands of churches just like yours find their church staff and are uniquely geared to help you discern who God is calling to lead your church.

For more information, visit WeStaffTheChurch.com.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast

Sep 07 2018

23mins

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Why People Don’t Invite Others to Church – Rainer on Leadership #459

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Podcast Episode #459

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A recent LifeWay Research study reported on the invite habits of American churchgoers. Today, we examine the results and discuss how to correct the problems.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Nearly two-thirds of Protestant churchgoers have invited someone to church in the last six months.
  • Regular church attenders are more likely to invite others to join them than sporadic attenders.
  • Pastors need to create an awareness and an atmosphere of inviting in their church.
  • People will likely accept your invitation to church if you already have a relationship with them and offer to walk in/arrive with them.

Episode Sponsors

The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today?

Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv.

Applications are now open for Vanderbloemen’s fall pastor coaching network at their Houston headquarters in September and November. There are two networks – one for Lead Pastors and one for Executive Pastors. Each group is limited to 16 people. It’s a roundtable, close-knit network where you will grow as a leader so that you can grow your team and ultimately grow your church.

If you’re interested in joining, visit vanderbloemen.com/coaching for more information.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast

Aug 17 2018

23mins

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Five Consequences of the Pending Retirement of Boomer Pastors – Rainer on Leadership #451

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Podcast Episode #451

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Every single day, 1,000 Boomers are hitting retirement age. This includes Boomer pastors. Today we discuss the consequences of this reality and also highlight why many are choosing Interim Pastor University to prepare for their next stage of ministry.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • More churches are starting to plan for pastoral succession because they’ve seen how other churches have failed with it.
  • Thankfully, more churches are starting to raise up pastoral successors from within.
  • The interim pastor role has changed over the past few years. It’s no longer primarily just pulpit supply.
  • There is no set retirement age for pastors, but too many hang on too long.

The five consequences we discuss are:

  1. There will be more pastoral vacancies than qualified candidates.
  2. More churches are giving thought to pastoral succession.
  3. More and more pastors are getting additional training for interim and bi-vocational positions.
  4. There is a mixed view on pastors staying at their current churches past retirement age.
  5. Some Boomer pastors will lead their churches toward mergers and acquisitions.

Episode Sponsors

The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today?

Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv.

Applications are now open for Vanderbloemen’s fall pastor coaching network at their Houston headquarters in September and November. There are two networks – one for Lead Pastors and one for Executive Pastors. Each group is limited to 16 people. It’s a roundtable, close-knit network where you will grow as a leader so that you can grow your team and ultimately grow your church.

If you’re interested in joining, visit vanderbloemen.com/coaching for more information.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast

Jul 20 2018

21mins

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Eight Questions Welcoming Churches Ask – Rainer on Leadership #415

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Podcast Episode #415

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Most every church thinks it welcomes guests well. Unfortunately, many are not welcoming at all. Today we discuss what welcoming churches focus on to more effectively reach guests.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • We often neglect to invite people to church because we aren’t confident they will accept.
  • There should be clear next steps for guests on your church’s website.
  • Your church website should clearly communicate to guests what they should expect when they visit.
  • If you have multiple services, it’s important to have a team of volunteers come through and reset the room before the next service.

The eight questions we cover are:

  1. Are our members inviting others?
  2. Does our website communicate to guests?
  3. Are our members friendly to guests or to members only?
  4. Is our facility clean, tidy, and safe?
  5. Are there barriers to worship?
  6. Are we speaking a foreign language?
  7. Do we follow up with guests in a timely manner?
  8. Do we have clear next steps?

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The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today?

Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv.

Our friends at Vanderbloemen Search Group help churches and ministries build great teams by finding their key staff, but did you know they have a ton of resources around team building? Their newest addition is TheCultureTool.com, a free comprehensive staff engagement survey to help you build, run, and keep a great team. It’s brand new and still in beta, so check out TheCultureTool.com to be on the cutting edge of this new tool that will help you improve your church staff culture.

Visit TheCultureTool.com to learn more.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

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Mar 16 2018

23mins

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Six Ways the #MeToo Movement Has Affected Local Church Life – Rainer on Leadership #444

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Podcast Episode #444

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Sexual abuse in the Church has become a major issue for pastors and church leaders. Today, we discuss why this is an important moment for the Church to get right in the way things are handled.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Because of so many sexual abuse coverups in the past, the Church has lost respect and trust of many.
  • Every church is vulnerable to a potential sexual abuse case. Don’t think it can’t happen in your church.
  • Churches should stand with victims of sexual abuse, not against them.
  • Churches have a responsibility to do everything within their power to prevent sexual abuse, harassment, and assault.

Six ways #MeToo has affected churches are:

  1. Local church leaders are often the first line of communication on issues of abuse.
  2. Leaders must not hesitate in responding with urgency.
  3. The unchurched world trusts church leaders less.
  4. Greater awareness is healthier for local churches.
  5. Local church leaders need female input.
  6. The issues will only grow, creating greater time and resource demands for churches.

Episode Sponsors

Applications are now open for Vanderbloemen’s fall pastor coaching network at their Houston headquarters in September and November. There are two networks – one for Lead Pastors and one for Executive Pastors. Each group is limited to 16 people. It’s a roundtable, close-knit network where you will grow as a leader so that you can grow your team and ultimately grow your church.

If you’re interested in joining, visit vanderbloemen.com/coaching for more information.

The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today?

Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv.

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If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

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Jun 26 2018

22mins

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The Value of Women in the Workplace and the Rise of Working from Home – Rainer on Leadership #455

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Podcast Episode #455

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Shannon Miles joins us today to discuss her new book, The Third Option, and the rise of working from home.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • “It’s important to have women in the room and speaking into major decisions in the church and workplace.”
  • “Women do not have to choose between careers or families. There’s a way to do both and succeed.”
  • Making working from home succeed requires a mindset shift to think that employees can get their job done while not having to be in the office.

About the Book:

The Third Option encourages you to be honest with yourself, to dream what is possible, and helps you decide when the time is right make a change. It will start you on a path to do what’s required to go after your own third option, where you can live and work on your own terms.

About Shannon Miles

With her husband, Bryan, Shannon Miles is the cofounder of BELAY, a leading US-based, virtual solutions company with over six hundred team members—all working from home, pursuing their Third Option. Without an office, BELAY has graced the Inc. 5000 list three times and was awarded the number one spot in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Best Company Culture.

Episode Sponsors

The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today?

Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv.

Vanderbloemen Search Group is the premier pastor search firm dedicated to helping churches and ministries build great teams. They’ve helped hundreds of churches just like yours find their church staff and are uniquely geared to help you discern who God is calling to lead your church.

Find out more about Vanderbloemen Search Group by visiting westaffthechurch.com/coaching.

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If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

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Aug 03 2018

22mins

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Six Considerations for Selecting Mission Partners – Rainer on Leadership #449

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Podcast Episode #449

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Churches are asked often to help fund or partner in missions. Today, we discuss how to make those decisions thanks to a post by Sam Rainer.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • If you cannot connect your church members to doing a mission, it’s hard to have them fund a mission.
  • Don’t make a financial commitment to a mission partner and not come through with the funding.
  • Doctrine is the primary filter through which you should decide to join with a missions partner.
  • When choosing a missions partner, match the mission with the passion of the church members.

Three questions: You should ask your church these three things.

  1. Can we put boots on the ground?
  2. Can we form a long-term partnership?
  3. Can we fund them?

Three partnership requirements: If a potential mission partner cannot provide these items, you should not form a partnership.

  1. Doctrine
  2. Vision
  3. Financial Viability

Episode Sponsors

The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today?

Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv.

Applications are now open for Vanderbloemen’s fall pastor coaching network at their Houston headquarters in September and November. There are two networks – one for Lead Pastors and one for Executive Pastors. Each group is limited to 16 people. It’s a roundtable, close-knit network where you will grow as a leader so that you can grow your team and ultimately grow your church.

If you’re interested in joining, visit vanderbloemen.com/coaching for more information.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

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Jul 13 2018

22mins

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Seven Traits of a Healthy Church – Rainer on Leadership #476

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Podcast Episode #476

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We need healthy churches. I’ve committed my ministry to helping churches grow healthier. But what does a healthy church look like? Today, we discuss seven traits they exhibit.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • For too many churches, believing in the power of the gospel is nothing more than lip service.
  • Courageous leaders believe God will work in their churches.
  • Too many leaders know what needs to change in their church and either don’t have the knowledge or the courage to make it happen.
  • If you’re not facing reality as a church, you likely won’t be moving forward.
  • Healthy churches have leaders who take responsibility.

The seven traits of healthy churches that we discuss are:

  1. They truly believe in the power of the gospel.
  2. They have courageous leaders.
  3. They embrace change.
  4. They are not nostalgic.
  5. They see reality.
  6. They intentionally intersect their lives with non-Christians.
  7. They accept responsibility.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

Episode Sponsors

Vanderbloemen Search Group is the premier pastor search firm dedicated to helping churches and ministries build great teams. They’ve helped thousands of churches just like yours find their church staff and are uniquely geared to help you discern who God is calling to lead your church.

For more information, visit WeStaffTheChurch.com.

The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today?

Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv.

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If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

Oct 16 2018

21mins

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Why Staff Issues Are Among the Most Painful Church Issues – Rainer on Leadership #466

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Podcast Episode #466

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Church staffing can be tricky in today’s churches. On this episode we discuss reasons church staffing issues can hurt a church and how to deal with them.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Bad hiring is endemic in churches, and we end up with staff conflict as a result.
  • People who work in the church often gravitate to two extremes: being a workaholic or being a lazy bum.
  • Most church staff issues are the result of some staffers being a poor fit. Those issues tend to work themselves out because people will leave the staff, but not always.
  • Church personnel teams often don’t know about staff issues in the church because they don’t see the staff day to day.

The reasons staff issues can be such a problem are:

  1. Bad hiring practices
  2. Lack of accountability and poor work ethic among some staff
  3. Power groups formed around staff
  4. Inherited staff/pastor
  5. Personnel and similar groups that don’t have full awareness
  6. The Sunday-only personal versus the five-day-a-week persona
  7. Disloyal staff/pastor
  8. Leadership responsibility without authority

Episode Sponsors

Vanderbloemen Search Group is the premier pastor search firm dedicated to helping churches and ministries build great teams. They’ve helped thousands of churches just like yours find their church staff and are uniquely geared to help you discern who God is calling to lead your church.

For more information, visit WeStaffTheChurch.com.

The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today?

Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv.

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If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

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Sep 11 2018

22mins

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Five Types of Infrequent Attendees – Rainer on Leadership #469

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Podcast Episode #469

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Declining attendance isn’t as much of an issue in churches as declining frequency of attendance. Today we discuss those who miss frequently and how to solve that.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • For the Christian, corporate worship should not be considered optional.
  • Too often, people miss church for reasons that would not keep them from missing work or a recreational event.
  • Don’t let your church’s structure drive its mission.
  • If you have leaders in the church who consider corporate worship optional, they probably shouldn’t be a leader in the church.

The five infrequent attendees that we discuss today are:

  1. The fading church member
  2. The “church is just another activity” church member
  3. The unbeliever/seeker
  4. The anti-structure church member
  5. The special events only church member

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

Episode Sponsors

The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today?

Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv.

Vanderbloemen Search Group is the premier pastor search firm dedicated to helping churches and ministries build great teams. They’ve helped thousands of churches just like yours find their church staff and are uniquely geared to help you discern who God is calling to lead your church.

For more information, visit WeStaffTheChurch.com.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

Sep 21 2018

21mins

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How to Say No to Church Members – Rainer on Leadership #467

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Podcast Episode #467

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Pastors often fall into the trap of being people pleasers. Today, we discuss why and how you can say no to requests or even demands from church members.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • One of the most freeing things a leader can do is to accept that you will not be loved by everyone.
  • Pastors, make sure your first line of ministry is your family.
  • Pastor, you can’t say yes to everything. You have to learn to say no to some things.
  • Having a referral list can help a pastor say no to ongoing pastoral counseling.

The six ways that we discuss today are:

  1. Accept you can’t please everyone
  2. Say yes to your family first
  3. Find times away from the office
  4. Suggest members do what they want you to do
  5. Get advocates to help you
  6. Say no graciously

Episode Sponsors

The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today?

Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv.

Vanderbloemen Search Group is the premier pastor search firm dedicated to helping churches and ministries build great teams. They’ve helped thousands of churches just like yours find their church staff and are uniquely geared to help you discern who God is calling to lead your church.

For more information, visit WeStaffTheChurch.com.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

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Sep 14 2018

23mins

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How to Develop a Welcoming Worship Ministry – Rainer on Leadership #413

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Podcast Episode #413

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The Worship Guru, Mike Harland, joins us again today to discuss how you can use your worship ministry to help become a more welcoming church.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • The reason we have such a shortage of worship pastors is because the role has changed so much.
  • Your worship ministry can shut down the guest experience and make guests feel like outsiders by only singing original music.
  • When you’re planning a worship service do so through the lens of what a newcomer will experience.
  • Worship ministry can sometimes aim at everything and hit none of it.
  • Excellence in worship is more important than variety.
  • Choir should be more than a worship style—it should be a discipleship strategy.

The four ways you can develop a welcoming worship ministry are:

  1. Avoid “Insider Trading”
  2. Nobody likes Worship Casserole
  3. Tick Tock, the Game is Locked
  4. To Thine Own Self Be true

Episode Sponsors

The ministry landscape is changing, and the need for biblical training is more necessary than ever. It’s time to get your Master of Divinity degree. The M.Div —Midwestern Seminary’s flagship degree program — is the primary track for ministry preparation. At just 81 hours, the Midwestern M.Div offers a complete foundation for full-time ministry leaders, offering everything you need, and nothing you don’t. Join other students in vibrant Kansas City as you train in a unique collaborative environment focused on the local church or study online in your current ministry context. Midwestern Seminary is developing a discipleship culture devoted to the local church and committed to God’s unchanging Word. Why not start your training today?

Find out more at mbts.edu/mdiv.

Our friends at Vanderbloemen Search Group help churches and ministries build great teams by finding their key staff, but did you know they have a ton of resources around team building? Their newest addition is TheCultureTool.com , a free comprehensive staff engagement survey to help you build, run, and keep a great team. It’s brand new and still in beta, so check out TheCultureTool.com to be on the cutting edge of this new tool that will help you improve your church staff culture.

Visit TheCultureTool.com to learn more.

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If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

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Mar 09 2018

22mins

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One Key Reason Many Churches Are Fighting Attendance Declines (Update)

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Podcast Episode #597

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We hear more and more about attendance frequency becoming a pain point for many churches. After over a decade of having this conversation, Thom and Sam discuss the one key reason many churches are still fighting attendance declines.

Highlights:

    • Revisiting the Concept of Attendance Frequency
    • The Priority/Expectations Factor
    • The Weekend Worker Demographic
    • The Focus on Us Instead of Them
    • Groups, groups, groups

Other highlights:

    • For the church to exist it must gather.
    • One of three people in the U.S. workforce is unable to attend a Sunday morning service due to a work conflict.
    • The gig and entrepreneurial economy are having an impact on church attendance.
    • Personal preferences always kill priorities. 
    • Group involvement can have a huge impact on church frequency.

Episode Sponsors

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Vanderbloemen has 12 Vanderbloemen Differences that allow them to serve their clients better than anyone else. One of those is Theology Matters. Vanderbloemen’s staff has more seminary and theological experience than any other search firm with 250+ collective years of church leadership experience.

To learn more about all 12 of Vanderbloemen’s Differences, visit VanderDifference.com.

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Dec 13 2019

22mins

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Seven of the Most Fiercely Defended Traditions in the Church

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Podcast Episode #596

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Thom and Sam spend today’s episode discussing seven fiercely defended traditions in the church, why these particular traditions are so sensitive to many, and how you can help leaders be agents of positive change within your congregations.

Highlights:

  1. Worship Style
  2. Role of pastor
  3. Worship Time
  4. Specific rooms in the church facility
  5. Order of Worship
  6. One site only
  7. Business and committee structure of the church

Other highlights:

  • What is the biblical role of the pastor?
  • What is the “hired man” mentality?
  • How do the expectations of the pastor create tension?
  • The changing of service times disrupts people’s lives more than you would think.
  • Even small changes in the order of worship can create tension because people feel the change. 

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

Episode Sponsors

Vanderbloemen has been serving churches for nine years, but did you know that Vanderbloemen also serves Christian schools, nonprofits, and Christian businesses? So if you’re listening, and you know a Christian school, nonprofit, or values-based business that is hiring, contact our friends at Vanderbloemen for your staffing needs.

For more information, visit Vanderbloemen.com.

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Scrappy Church.

Dec 10 2019

20mins

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The Berry Bucket and How It Often Causes Church Conflict

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Podcast Episode #595

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What in the world is a Berry Bucket? If you don’t think this is a relevant topic for your church join Thom and Sam as they discuss the Berry Bucket and how it is often the source of church conflict.

Highlights:

    • Understanding the Concept of the Berry Bucket
    • Why Years Two and Three Are the Most Common Berry Bucket Conflict Years
    • The Communication Issues with the Berry Bucket
    • Surviving the Berry Bucket

Other highlights:

    • How is the Berry Bucket created?
    • How are existing church members threatened by the Berry Bucket?
    • Conflict with the Berry Bucket can depend upon what type of new church member is acquired.
    • It will benefit the leader to over communicate the wins and advantages of the Berry Bucket.
    • A pastor can change the pace of change with tenure.
    • A church may be declining in growth and still experience the difficult challenges of the Berry Bucket.

Resources:

Episode Sponsors

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Vanderbloemen has 12 Vanderbloemen Differences that allow them to serve their clients better than anyone else. One of those is Theology Matters. Vanderbloemen’s staff has more seminary and theological experience than any other search firm with 250+ collective years of church leadership experience.

To learn more about all 12 of Vanderbloemen’s Differences, visit VanderDifference.com.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

Dec 06 2019

21mins

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What Church Leaders Must Know for 2020 – An Interview with Dave Travis of Generis

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Podcast Episode #594

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Wouldn’t you like to know what the future holds for your church? Special guest Dave Travis from Generis joins Thom and Sam as they jump in their time machine and discuss issues and trends church leaders must know for 2020.

Highlights:

  1. What are some demographic issues facing churches in 2020?
  2. Does church attendance matter?
  3. What is meant by “more compact facilities”?
  4. What is the future of smaller churches?
  5. What is the trend in video-based churches versus live preaching?

Other highlights:

  • What can church leaders learn from the long-story of demographics?
  • Where will millennials and future generations live and how does it impact church growth?
  • What tools can be used to engage church members beyond Sunday?
  • What is the new dream for church growth and facility usage?
  • The 4 story process explained.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

Episode Sponsors

Vanderbloemen has been serving churches for nine years, but did you know that Vanderbloemen also serves Christian schools, nonprofits, and Christian businesses? So if you’re listening, and you know a Christian school, nonprofit, or values-based business that is hiring, contact our friends at Vanderbloemen for your staffing needs.

For more information, visit Vanderbloemen.com.

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Scrappy Church.

Dec 03 2019

22mins

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Understanding Resistance to Change in Churches

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Podcast Episode #593

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In today’s episode, Thom and Sam discuss an incredibly common topic and major pain point for many churches: change and why resistance to change exists.

Highlights:

    1. The hunger for stability in a rapidly changing culture.
    2. Church members confusing desires with doctrine.
    3. The issues surrounding slow pace of change in most churches.
    4. The large gap between leadership pace and congregational pace.

Other highlights:

    • Sometimes church members confuse desire with doctrine.
    • There is nothing wrong with traditions, but traditions are not doctrine.
    • The more inward the church, the more resistant that church will be to change.
    • The more outward the church, the more receptive the church will be to change.
    • A pastor can change the pace of change with tenure.
    • How we bring people into the church will influence the pace of change.

Resources:

Episode Sponsors

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Vanderbloemen has 12 Vanderbloemen Differences that allow them to serve their clients better than anyone else. One of those is Theology Matters. Vanderbloemen’s staff has more seminary and theological experience than any other search firm with 250+ collective years of church leadership experience.

To learn more about all 12 of Vanderbloemen’s Differences, visit VanderDifference.com.

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Nov 29 2019

21mins

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Why the Local Church Is the Key Instrument of the Great Commission

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Podcast Episode #592

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Today Thom and Sam discuss the purpose of the local church as a key instrument of the Great Commission. Discipleship is the primary tool the church uses to fulfill the Great Commission. The conversation today covers the importance of making disciples and characteristics of discipleship.

    • The difference between decisions and disciples
    • The biblical path of the early Church
    • Accountability is difficult outside of the local church
    • Fighting perceptions about the local church

Other highlights:

    • In the Great Commission, the decision to follow Christ is the decision to be a disciple.
    • The instrument God uses to make disciples is the local church.
    • If you become a member of the local church, then you are expressing a willingness to be held accountable. 
    • The church doesn’t exist for itself, but as a representative of the gospel in the community.

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The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Vanderbloemen has 12 Vanderbloemen Differences that allow them to serve their clients better than anyone else. One of those is Theology Matters. Vanderbloemen’s staff has more seminary and theological experience than any other search firm with 250+ collective years of church leadership experience.

To learn more about all 12 of Vanderbloemen’s Differences, visit VanderDifference.com.

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If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

Nov 26 2019

22mins

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Five Considerations When You Follow a Long-Term Pastor

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Podcast Episode #591

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Are you following a long-term pastor? Did a long-tenured pastor return to your church as a member? Thom and Sam discuss five considerations when following a long-tenured pastor. This is a great episode about leading well and honoring those who have come before you.

  1. Honor your predecessor. No disparaging comments.
  2. For a season, let your predecessor know about major changes.
  3. Consider taking your predecessor up on any offer to stay away for a while.
  4. If appropriate, ask your predecessor to preach on occasion.
  5. Be respectful of any family members of your predecessor in the church.

Other highlights:

    • Starting with negativity is a self-fulfilling prophecy, especially in the church.
    • The longer the tenure of a pastor the more ingrained in the community they become. 
    • The best way to get support from a predecessor is to keep in regular communication. 
    • The good leaders will step away from a ministry if only for a season, to allow the new leader to establish themselves.

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Episode Sponsors

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Vanderbloemen has 12 Vanderbloemen Differences that allow them to serve their clients better than anyone else. One of those is Theology Matters. Vanderbloemen’s staff has more seminary and theological experience than any other search firm with 250+ collective years of church leadership experience.

To learn more about all 12 of Vanderbloemen’s Differences, visit VanderDifference.com.

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If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

Nov 22 2019

21mins

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Five Ways to Address the Oversized Sanctuary

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Podcast Episode #590

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Church practices change with cultural norms. The norm in the church used to be everyone gathering at one time in one place. Today, Thom and Sam discuss changing church practices and five ways to address an oversized sanctuary. 

5 Ways to Address the Oversized Sanctuary:

  1. Understand the “why” behind the trends.
  2. Use curtains or ropes.
  3. Close off the balcony.
  4. Remodel the facility.
  5. Focus on a larger fellowship area.

Other highlights:

  • A common renovation in churches today include expanding the lobby or common space and reducing the main worship center.
  • The average size of a new worship center is getting smaller.
  • Large worship centers were built because church practice required one service each morning. Today churches hold multiple services requiring less space for Sunday worship.
  • Culturally the fellowship time is now happening before and after the worship service. An open lobby space could revolutionize your church culture.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

Episode Sponsors

Vanderbloemen has been serving churches for nine years, but did you know that Vanderbloemen also serves Christian schools, nonprofits, and Christian businesses? So if you’re listening, and you know a Christian school, nonprofit, or values-based business that is hiring, contact our friends at Vanderbloemen for your staffing needs.

For more information, visit Vanderbloemen.com.

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

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If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Scrappy Church.

Nov 19 2019

20mins

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Five Ways Your Church Budget May Be Broken

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Podcast Episode #589

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Many churches are in the midst of their annual budgeting. Thom and Sam discuss five ways your church budget might be broken. Included in this episode are topics like processes, facility costs, personnel costs, and resourcing outward-focused ministry.

  1. The budgeting process is old and stale.
  2. The church has not seriously examined its facility costs.
  3. The church has not seriously examined its personnel costs.
  4. Expenditures are almost all inwardly-focused.
  5. There is little thought given to Jerusalem. (Acts 1:8)

Other highlights:

    • Zero based budgeting forces your church to re-think every expenditure.
    • The longer you defer church maintenance costs the more expensive they may become.
    • Making personnel changes in a church doesn’t always mean deleting positions. Personnel changes could mean changing job descriptions.
    • Senior Pastor’s can’t ask staff members to be outwardly focused if they don’t resource them to be outwardly focused.

Resources:

Episode Sponsors

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Vanderbloemen has 12 Vanderbloemen Differences that allow them to serve their clients better than anyone else. One of those is Theology Matters. Vanderbloemen’s staff has more seminary and theological experience than any other search firm with 250+ collective years of church leadership experience.

To learn more about all 12 of Vanderbloemen’s Differences, visit VanderDifference.com.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

Nov 15 2019

20mins

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Five Major Reasons Your Church May Be Stuck

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Podcast Episode #588

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From church idols to church busyness, Thom and Sam discuss the major reasons why your church might be stuck. Sometimes the reason a church is stuck is that there is a fear of change, other times because of a bully. Listen in as Thom and Sam talk about the issues and potential solutions.

Reasons a church might be stuck:

  1. There is an idolatry of the past.
  2. Critics and bullies are holding the church hostage.
  3. The pastor has been burned in the past and fears leading change.
  4. The church likes evangelism in theory only.
  5. The church has become activity driven.

Other highlights:

  • The goal of fostering a church is to help them return to a state of independence. 
  • Trust that breaks down will eventually be detrimental to any relationship.
  • Fostering is local churches helping local churches. 
  • God gave you a specific address for a specific reason. Loving your neighbor applies to people and churches.
  • If leadership is not aligned, then you should not move forward. 

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

Episode Sponsors

Vanderbloemen has been serving churches for nine years, but did you know that Vanderbloemen also serves Christian schools, nonprofits, and Christian businesses? So if you’re listening, and you know a Christian school, nonprofit, or values-based business that is hiring, contact our friends at Vanderbloemen for your staffing needs.

For more information, visit Vanderbloemen.com.

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Scrappy Church.

Nov 12 2019

21mins

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Five Problems with Too Many “Main Things” in a Church

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Podcast Episode #587

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Today Thom and Sam discuss five problems of having too many “main things.” As the frequency of church attenders decreases you will depend on fewer people more frequently. Leaders will burn out those most committed to the church.

  1. Church members cannot focus on more than one or two priorities.
  2. There is a challenge with infrequent attenders
  3. A leader cannot emphasize multiple main things well.
  4. One or more of the main things will fade.
  5. Members will grow weary.

Other highlights:

  • People today are busy. Is it possible that the church is contributing to the busyness of people?
  • Lack of focus is not due to an impure heart but a result of too many ideas.
  • Churches are declining because of fewer attendants and members attending less frequently.
  • Ideas become less potent when there is a flood of ideas that are never implemented.
  • When everything is a priority, nothing is.

Resources:

Episode Sponsors

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Vanderbloemen has 12 Vanderbloemen Differences that allow them to serve their clients better than anyone else. One of those is Theology Matters. Vanderbloemen’s staff has more seminary and theological experience than any other search firm with 250+ collective years of church leadership experience.

To learn more about all 12 of Vanderbloemen’s Differences, visit VanderDifference.com.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

Nov 08 2019

23mins

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Four Things Your Church Should Know about Fostering a Church

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Podcast Episode #586

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In today’s episode, Thom interviews Sam about four things your church should know about fostering another church. There are neighboring churches in your community struggling and need your church’s love. Listen in as the discussion covers leadership tips and boundaries for fostering churches.

  1. The motive has to be pure.
  2. Most fostering will not become adoptions.
  3. The leadership factor still remains key.
  4. Fostering beyond 18 to 24 months can create dependence.

Other highlights:

  • The goal of fostering a church is to help them return to a state of independence. 
  • Trust that breaks down will eventually be detrimental to any relationship.
  • Fostering is local churches helping local churches. 
  • God gave you a specific address for a specific reason. Loving your neighbor applies to people and churches.
  • If leadership is not aligned, then you should not move forward. 

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

Episode Sponsors

Vanderbloemen has been serving churches for nine years, but did you know that Vanderbloemen also serves Christian schools, nonprofits, and Christian businesses? So if you’re listening, and you know a Christian school, nonprofit, or values-based business that is hiring, contact our friends at Vanderbloemen for your staffing needs.

For more information, visit Vanderbloemen.com.

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Scrappy Church.

Nov 05 2019

24mins

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Four Often Neglected Practices of Most Leaders

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Podcast Episode #585

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Today Thom and Sam welcome Joel Wayne, lead pastor for Chapel Pointe in Hudsonville, Michigan, and author of Steer: Eight Practices to Drive Leadership. In this episode, Joel discusses four neglected practices of leaders trying to shape culture. Key learning is to address splinters before they become infectious. 

Four Often Neglected Practices of Most Leaders

  1. Shaping (Shifting) Culture
  2. Maintaining Motivation
  3. Establishing Default Settings
  4. Pulling Splinters

Other highlights:

  • In order to shape a culture, you have to know what you are shaping towards.
  • Every culture grows toward what feeds it.
  • We often begin meetings by critiquing things that are going bad. In order to change culture begin meetings by celebrating what is going well.
  • Remind your staff on a regular basis what God is doing in your midst.
  • Continual small nuggets of positive encouragement prevent you from having to come up with one big celebration.
  • Don’t wait to address problems that are blistering underneath the skin.
  • Splinters are potential infections. If you don’t address the splinter it will become a bigger problem later.

About Joel Wayne: 

Joel Wayne has spent twenty years improving leadership and cultivating a healthy culture within organizations and churches in Connecticut, Kentucky, and Michigan. He currently serves as lead pastor for Chapel Pointe in Michigan and is the founder of VSI Leadership, a business and leadership consulting group. Joel’s dynamic communication style conveys his enthusiasm for developing strong leaders focusing on VISION, STRATEGY, and IMPLEMENTATION to create an overall organizational reset. He currently lives in Michigan with his wife and four children.

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The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Vanderbloemen has 12 Vanderbloemen Differences that allow them to serve their clients better than anyone else. One of those is Theology Matters. Vanderbloemen’s staff has more seminary and theological experience than any other search firm with 250+ collective years of church leadership experience.

To learn more about all 12 of Vanderbloemen’s Differences, visit VanderDifference.com.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

Nov 01 2019

26mins

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Six Seismic Shifts in Church Health

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Podcast Episode #584

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Thom and Sam are joined by Dr. Chuck Lawless from Southeastern Seminary. Today’s discussion is on six shifts in church health and revitalization.

The six shifts:

    1. The local church emphasis in church revitalization
    2. The institutional emphasis in church revitalization
    3. The micro-movement
    4. The return to resource-led revitalization 
    5. The neighborhood church movement
    6. The facility adjustment issue 

Other highlights:

  • We are finally catching up on providing resources and training for church revitalization
  • In order for a big movement to happen, it is going to have to happen through the smaller neighborhood churches.
  • Pastors and other leaders often need a starting point for revitalization.
  • It is very common to find a large worship center and a small congregation.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

Episode Sponsors

Vanderbloemen has been serving churches for nine years, but did you know that Vanderbloemen also serves Christian schools, nonprofits, and Christian businesses? So if you’re listening, and you know a Christian school, nonprofit, or values-based business that is hiring, contact our friends at Vanderbloemen for your staffing needs.

For more information, visit Vanderbloemen.com.

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

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If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Scrappy Church.

Oct 29 2019

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Four Reasons Why Many Welcoming Churches Have Become Less Welcoming

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Podcast Episode #583

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Does your welcoming ministry feel stale and stagnant? In today’s episode, Thom and Sam discuss four reasons why churches become less welcoming. Every ministry can get in a rut or routine. Listen in on how you can become a more welcoming church.

  1. Leaders in your welcoming ministry are not getting constant reminders.
  2. New members of your welcoming ministry have not been trained.
  3. Pastors are failing to check for themselves.
  4. Pastors take it off their priority list.

Other highlights:

  • A welcoming church has to be consistently persistent. 
  • You have to be on your “A” game every week. 
  • When visitors walk into a smaller church they are expecting to be welcomed well.
  • Consistent vision casting from the leader is important.
  • Any ministry has the potential to get into a rut and routine.
  • A guest’s first impression will begin to occur within the first 7 seconds of being onsite at your church.

Resources:

Episode Sponsors

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Vanderbloemen has 12 Vanderbloemen Differences that allow them to serve their clients better than anyone else. One of those is Theology Matters. Vanderbloemen’s staff has more seminary and theological experience than any other search firm with 250+ collective years of church leadership experience.

To learn more about all 12 of Vanderbloemen’s Differences, visit VanderDifference.com.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

Oct 25 2019

21mins

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Six Ways Churches Are Dealing with Parking Shortages

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Podcast Episode #582

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In this episode, Thom and Sam discuss a key barrier to church growth, parking. If you are leading a healthy and growing church parking will be an issue. Listen in as the discussion focuses on six ways churches are dealing with parking shortages.

The six questions from today’s podcast:

  1. Ask key church leaders to park in remote places.
  2. Some churches use shuttle parking, at least for a season.
  3. More churches are starting a non-Sunday morning service to deal with space constraints like parking shortages.
  4. When a church becomes multi-site, parking shortages are often relieved.
  5. Nearby businesses are often happy to allow church members to park on their property.
  6. Some churches reconfigure their parking for more effective use.

Other highlights:

  • Church leaders often arrive early and leave late and do not notice parking issues.
  • As culture has changed, we have fewer people coming to church per car.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

Episode Sponsors

Vanderbloemen has been serving churches for nine years, but did you know that Vanderbloemen also serves Christian schools, nonprofits, and Christian businesses? So if you’re listening, and you know a Christian school, nonprofit, or values-based business that is hiring, contact our friends at Vanderbloemen for your staffing needs.

For more information, visit Vanderbloemen.com.

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

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If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Scrappy Church.

Oct 22 2019

23mins

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Five Common Ways Church Leaders Respond to Overload Anxiety – Rainer on Leadership #581

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Podcast Episode #581

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Today’s episode is an important topic in the life of the church leader. Anxiety could come from a number of sources including staff, congregational members, elders, or other church expectations. Thom and Sam give some tips on how to find help and stay healthy.

Here are the five common responses to overload:

  1. They go to a favorite place to pray
  2. They set a goal to accomplish one thing
  3. They take a few days off
  4. They exercise
  5. They join a community of like-minded leaders

Other highlights:

  • A good pastor will help carry the weight of their congregation.
  • Sometimes church leaders feel like firefighters rather than pastors.
  • Anxiety comes from people and tasks.
  • We need to take away from the negative stigma around mental health. Don’t be afraid to seek professional help.

Resources:

Episode Sponsors

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

Vanderbloemen has 12 Vanderbloemen Differences that allow them to serve their clients better than anyone else. One of those is Theology Matters. Vanderbloemen’s staff has more seminary and theological experience than any other search firm with 250+ collective years of church leadership experience.

To learn more about all 12 of Vanderbloemen’s Differences, visit VanderDifference.com.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Becoming a Welcoming Church.

Oct 18 2019

23mins

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Six Questions to Consider If a Staff Member Becomes a Candidate to Be Pastor – Rainer on Leadership #580

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Podcast Episode #580

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Thom and Sam discuss the possible scenarios in which a staff member can transition into a lead pastor role. The discussion considers several perspectives including the internal candidate, external candidate, and potential impact on the church.

The six questions from today’s podcast:

  1. Will the staff member have a highly visible role in the interim?
  2. Should staff members resign if they don’t become the pastor?
  3. Does such a move allow for a better transition?
  4. Is a known better than an unknown?
  5. Are alliances formed with the possibility of disappointment?
  6. Do you communicate the possibility to other candidates?

Other highlights:

  • Be very cautious in a season of change. It’s hard to keep being an internal candidate a secret.
  • In most scenarios the internal candidate will have to resign, so be prepared to resign.
  • If you have an internal candidate then alliances will be formed.
  • Talk and pray with your spouse because change is going to happen.
  • Do not side step the search process as an internal candidate.
  • An external candidate should be made aware of an internal candidate.

Episode Sponsors

Vanderbloemen has been serving churches for nine years, but did you know that Vanderbloemen also serves Christian schools, nonprofits, and Christian businesses? So if you’re listening, and you know a Christian school, nonprofit, or values-based business that is hiring, contact our friends at Vanderbloemen for your staffing needs.

For more information, visit Vanderbloemen.com.

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

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If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at ThomRainer.com. If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Scrappy Church.

Oct 15 2019

20mins

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How to Build a Worship Ministry When You Have Nothing and Nobody – Rainer on Leadership #579

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Podcast Episode #579

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Eric Roberts joins the podcast today to discuss how to build a worship ministry. Eric has created over 300 free videos to help churches raise up skilled worship leaders. Training through Eric’s ministry, worshiptheking.com, includes training on guitars, drums, sound, and much more.

Highlights:

  • You don’t have to be a level 10 worship leader, all you need to know are the basics.
  • Large and small churches both have the challenge of finding skilled musicians.
  • You can build a worship band from the people in your pews.
  • Training and resourcing people is life changing.

Resources:

Episode Sponsors

The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

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Oct 11 2019

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Five Church Membership Models – Rainer on Leadership #578

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Podcast Episode #578

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Every church has varying membership requirements. In today’s podcast Thom and Sam discuss membership classes and the strengths and weaknesses of church expectations.

Some highlights from today’s episode –

  • Church membership is the lived out metaphor of being a part of the body in 1 Corinthians 12.
  • Follow up is critical and often the missing component of assimilation.
  • The membership class is the starting line and follow up is the next immediate step.
  • If people come to a class to learn about membership, they expect you to follow up with the expectations you set.
  • If you can’t tell someone in an hour your church’s expectations, then you should be more succinct in what you are communicating.

Five Membership Models:

  1. Membership through an entry class without significant follow-up
  2. Membership by request and affirmation
  3. Membership through an entry class with significant follow-up
  4. Membership renewal
  5. Avoidance of membership terminology

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

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The mission at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. The school offers more than 40 different degree programs, including the new Master of Arts in Church Revitalization in partnership with Church Answers and the Revitalization Network. This 37-hour degree is designed to help students move established churches from flatlining to flourishing.

Learn about this program and more by visiting sebts.edu. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there.

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Oct 08 2019

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