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Your online home for leadership lessons for both the church and the workplace.

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By Jbowl1 - May 16 2020
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Good information. Appreciate, very much, the show notes ... but there is no need for a co-host (who thinks he’s funny, interrupts guests, thinks his views are the greatest and shares inside jokes with his dad - the host). Just present the information and let whoever you are interviewing speak! Thom should do this by himself.

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

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433 Ratings
Average Ratings
400
22
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1
4

Good, but...

By Jbowl1 - May 16 2020
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Good information. Appreciate, very much, the show notes ... but there is no need for a co-host (who thinks he’s funny, interrupts guests, thinks his views are the greatest and shares inside jokes with his dad - the host). Just present the information and let whoever you are interviewing speak! Thom should do this by himself.

Great Help

By bigdogtheodore - Nov 01 2017
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I have been blessed by these podcasts. It makes me a better church member.
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Your online home for leadership lessons for both the church and the workplace.

Rank #1: Four Often Neglected Practices of Most Leaders

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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.

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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 on Church Answers.

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Nov 01 2019

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Rank #2: Six Seismic Shifts in Church Health

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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.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here on Church Answers.

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Oct 29 2019

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Rank #3: Four Major Changes in Preaching the Past Decade

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You may feel like an expert on the topic of preaching, but we often don’t evaluate the changes taking place in the world of preaching. We will focus on four major changes to preaching within the past decade and the reason behind these changes.

Highlights:

  1. More churches have multiple preachers/teachers.
  2. More churches expect preachers to preach in different venues or sites.
  3. Fewer churches expect preachers to preach two or more different sermons each week.
  4. More preachers are largely done preparing their sermons by Wednesday or Thursday.

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 on Church Answers.

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Feb 25 2020

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Rank #4: Four Reasons Why Many Welcoming Churches Have Become Less Welcoming

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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.

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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 on Church Answers.

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Oct 25 2019

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Rank #5: The Six Most Simple Adjustments to Become a Welcoming Church

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Your church can become more welcoming regardless of how welcoming you may think it already is. Today we cover six simple adjustments that cost little to nothing that will have exponentially great results.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Your church’s website is its front door to guests. The content and design need to be focused on them, not on the members.
  • A dirty or unkept children’s area will turn guests away from your church.
  • It doesn’t take a lot of work to train a welcome team. It just takes intentionality.
  • Door greeters are great, but having someone to greet those in the worship center may be more important.

The six adjustments we discuss are:

  1. Check the website.
  2. Do a facility audit.
  3. Train a welcome team.
  4. Keep greeters in worship center.
  5. Paint a room.
  6. Get some inexpensive signs.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

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 on Church Answers.

The post The Six Most Simple Adjustments to Become a Welcoming Church appeared first on Church Answers.

Sep 20 2019

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Rank #6: Leading Millennials in Your Church

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Troy Pollock from Pushpay joins us today to discuss church technology and how you can better reach Millennials in your church.

About Troy Pollock:

Troy is part of the executive leadership team at Pushpay and serves as Chief Ambassador. As the first U.S. employee, he has helped shape the company to be one of the fastest growing SaaS companies today. Most notably, Troy pioneered the Customer Success Department from humble beginnings to an award winning team that partners with churches and non-profits around the globe. After studying communication and sociology at San Diego State University and theology at Oral Roberts University, Troy helped pioneer a healthy church in Southern California, where he served as an Executive Pastor for 6 years. He and his wife April live in Redmond, WA.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • “The church should be leading the charge in the way of technology, but many are far behind.”
  • “Churches who are remaining relevant see technology as incumbent to their continued growth—not as an add-on.”
  • “Millennials want something with a sense of belonging.”
  • “Millennials want to be part of something that impacts the world and is larger than themselves.”

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

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 on Church Answers.

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Sep 06 2019

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Rank #7: Five Hard Things Churches Must Do Right Now

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This season of isolation and social distancing has forced churches around the country to make hard decisions without an idea of what the other side holds. Listen in as Thom and Sam discuss the questions and best practices pastors are talking about right now on Church Answers and the five hard things churches must do right now.

  • Hit the reset button, not the pause button.
  • Keep as many employed as possible.
  • Experiment creatively
  • Stop complaining… now and forever. 
  • Comply with the government’s request not to gather

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

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.

Feedback

If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here on Church Answers.

The post Five Hard Things Churches Must Do Right Now appeared first on Church Answers.

Apr 24 2020

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Rank #8: Speaking and Preaching to a Virtual Audience

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The COVID-19 crisis has led churches to adopt a completely virtual format. These new platforms require pastors and leaders to evaluate and transform their normal styles of communicating with their audience. Thom and Sam give tips and best practices for speaking and preaching during this new era of gathering on today’s episode which was recorded from a Facebook Live event held last week.

Highlights:

  1. Look at the camera
  2. Dress appropriately
  3. Don’t recreate your live experience
  4. Get the right equipment
  5. Reminder: You’re on camera

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 on Church Answers.

The post Speaking and Preaching to a Virtual Audience appeared first on Church Answers.

Mar 24 2020

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Rank #9: Four Trends for Churches in 2020

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We are one month into 2020 and there is much we can learn about anticipated trends and how churches can begin to connect the dots and prepare for the future. While some trends you will expect, others will be new and our hope is that these four trends will be informative.

Highlights:

  1. Worship sizes will grow significantly smaller.
  2. There will be a significant increase in the number of worship services offered at times other than Sunday morning. 
  3. Church facilities will undergo dramatic transformation.
  4. Attendance will become a greater emphasis.

Other Highlights:

  • While average weekly attendance in worship will grow smaller this trend does not infer lower overall attendance.
  • The conversation among pastors is moving from size of worship space to quantity of worship opportunities. 
  • Thursday evening worship services may become a popular choice for creating a new service time.
  • As churches build smaller worship space they will often times concurrently build larger community and common space.

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 on Church Answers.

The post Four Trends for Churches in 2020 appeared first on Church Answers.

Jan 28 2020

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Rank #10: Three More Trends for Churches in 2020

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Thom and Sam continue their conversation from episode #610 examining major trends churches can anticipate and prepare for in the coming year. While some of these trends will seem familiar, others will be new with the hope all will be informative and helpful for church growth.

Highlights:

  1. Evangelism will return to its rightful place of importance and priority. 
  2. Fewer pastors and church staff members will be compensated full-time wages. 
  3. Fewer churches will align exclusively with denominations.

Other Highlights:

  • Churches will return to the basics and the call to the Great Commission. 
  • There are a number of pastors choosing to become marketplace vocational, staying within the context of community businesses and ministering part-time for the church. 
  • Contract work is a great opportunity for those who believe they may be called to ministry. 
  • As the gig economy grows, the number of full-time staff members will decrease. 
  • Many churches will identify with multiple organizations, networks, and denominations.

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 on Church Answers.

The post Three More Trends for Churches in 2020 appeared first on Church Answers.

Jan 31 2020

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Rank #11: Six Ways a Church Failed the Guest Friendliness Test

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Every church thinks they’re a guest friendly church. But as we discuss today, guest friendliness is not something at which every church excels.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Church signs need info on them, but there are really just three essentials: church name, worship times, website address.
  • If your church has a digital sign, you have to consider the length of the rotation of information.
  • Don’t think that “everyone knows ______” at your church because almost always, everyone doesn’t know.
  • Some churches aren’t just not guest friendly, they are also not guest desirous.

The six failures we discuss are:

  1. It had no website.
  2. No service times on sign.
  3. “Our church is always open.”
  4. “Everyone knows the times of our service.”
  5. Didn’t consider the impact of special events on guests.
  6. It failed to see the opportunities.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

Rainer on Leadership is a member of the LifeWay Leadership Podcast Network


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 on Church Answers.

The post Six Ways a Church Failed the Guest Friendliness Test appeared first on Church Answers.

Jul 30 2019

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Rank #12: Five Updates on Pastoral Attire

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Pastoral attire seems to be a hot issue in almost every church. Today, we discuss the response to another recent podcast on the subject and provide a few updates.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • There are a plethora of impassioned perspectives and opinions on the subject of pastoral attire.
  • Society is trending more casual when it comes to attire, and so are churches.
  • Even though more pastors are wearing jeans, many of them are still wearing blazers.
  • There is still a disconnect in church members’ expectations of weekday pastoral attire vs. worship service pastoral attire.

The five updates we discuss are:

  1. It is still trending casual.
  2. The tie is dying: Only 15% of pastors wear a tie.
  3. One-third of pastors wear jeans.
  4. 50% still wear a coat.
  5. Highly informal (shorts, t-shirts, etc.) is not catching on.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

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 on Church Answers.

The post Five Updates on Pastoral Attire appeared first on Church Answers.

Aug 09 2019

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Rank #13: Five Problems with Too Many “Main Things” in a Church

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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 on Church Answers.

The post Five Problems with Too Many “Main Things” in a Church appeared first on Church Answers.

Nov 08 2019

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Rank #14: Six Ways Toxic Members Deter Invitations to Church

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When toxic members are present in a church, resources are spent on overcoming the fallout of toxic members. As a result, members are less likely to invite others to church. Today, we explain six reasons why.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Personal invitations to church are a great beginning point to get your church moving toward an outward focus.
  • New members and guests are often seen as threats to church bullies and toxic members because they can potentially upset the balance of power in the church.
  • Being a welcoming church requires a heart change, not just a change in actions.
  • Pastors are often hesitant to deal with toxic members because there is a fear for job security.

The six ways we discuss are:

  1. Members are not inclined to invite others to an unhealthy culture.
  2. Most toxic members do not like new people in the church because it dilutes their power base.
  3. Toxic members hinder the welcoming process for guests.
  4. Pastors are hesitant to encourage people to invite.
  5. Resources of time and energy are spent on toxicity rather than inviting.
  6. Toxic cultures reduce the volunteer base.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

Rainer on Leadership is a member of the LifeWay Leadership Podcast Network

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 on Church Answers.

The post Six Ways Toxic Members Deter Invitations to Church appeared first on Church Answers.

Jul 23 2019

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Rank #15: How Long Should Church Staff Members Stay after They Announce Their Resignations?

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There are many reasons a staff member may announce their resignation. There are an equal amount of questions as to how long the staff member should stay after they announce their resignation. Thom and Sam discuss this important question and share their thoughts about how to approach this situation.

Highlights:

  • It depends.
  • Retirements are usually different than resignations.
  • The reason for the departure is a big factor.
  • Resources for the interim period are factors as well.
  • Moral failure calls for immediate departure.

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.

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Mar 03 2020

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Rank #16: Six Reasons Why the Minimization of Numerical Metrics Is Dangerous

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Metrics have a bad reputation in some churches. In others, they’re too much of the focus. Today, we discus why you should take a balanced approach to metrics.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • There is a danger in churches becoming numerically obsessed. There is also a danger in churches neglecting numbers.
  • What gets measured gets accomplished.
  • Church health and church growth are not in opposition to one another, but they are not always congruent.
  • Churches shouldn’t see themselves as “a discipleship church” or “an evangelism church”—every church should be both.

The six reasons we discuss are:

  1. History has demonstrated the danger.
  2. It can absolve leaders and members of needed accountability.
  3. Sometimes it is an act of rationalization.
  4. Church health versus church growth are complementary, not contradictory.
  5. Discipleship and evangelism are not either/or choices.
  6. Churches typically have to err on the side of growth and evangelism to attain balance.

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

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Aug 16 2019

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Rank #17: The Temporary Normal including a Post-Coronavirus Facility Reopening Checklist from Smart Church Solutions

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In this edition of Rainer on Leadership, Thom and Sam interview Tim Cool, founder and chief solutions officer of Smart Church Solutions. Tim shares his checklist for reopening your facilities in the post-coronavirus world.

  • What do you see remaining the same when churches return to in-person services?
  • What are some of the major changes you expect?
  • Why should a church even worry about getting ready to return to its facilities?
  • Tell us about the checklist you are providing?
  • What else do church leaders need to know?

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

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Apr 28 2020

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Rank #18: Interview with Vance Pitman on the topic of his new book, Unburdened: Stop Living for Jesus So Jesus Can Live through You

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Vance Pitman is one of our favorite leaders. We are excited to share our recent interview with Vance as he shares his journey and the story behind his powerful new book, “Unburdened: Stop Living for Jesus So Jesus Can Live through You.”

Bio:

Vance Pitman is the pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas, Nevada, a church he planted in 2001. He speaks across America and around the world to inspire people to join in God’s eternal, redemptive mission of making disciples and multiplying the church among every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. He lives outside Las Vegas, Nevada, with his family.

Highlights:

  • How did an Alabama boy end up in Las Vegas?
  • Every book has a story behind it. What is your story about Unburdened?
  • Why do so many Christians work so hard and get so tired trying to live for Jesus?
  • You emphasize relationships as being key to following Jesus. Expand on that.
  • What are some other key points that a reader will take away from Unburdened?

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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.

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Feb 21 2020

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Four Warning Signs Stress is Beginning to Impair Your Leadership

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Stress free leadership does not exist. There are times when stress can become a problem. How do you know when stress is impacting you negatively? Today’s episode unpacks  four warning signs stress is beginning to impair your leadership.  

  • The questions of others are viewed as attacks
  • You take the mistakes of others as a personal letdown
  • Withdrawal is more about escape than spiritual retreat
  • You neglect key ministry problems

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Jul 28 2020

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Five Ways to Honor the Past While Not Losing the Future

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History is important. A key part of developing a strong vision for the future is having a good understanding of the past.  In today’s episode, Thom and Sam share five ways to honor your church’s past while not losing the future.

  1. Have a genuine love for the history of your church 
  2. Celebrate the parts of the past that support the vision
  3. Tell the story of past change efforts with a positive perspective
  4. Turn the legacy into a guide, not a hurdle
  5. Ask elderly heroes to publicly give support 

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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.

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Jul 21 2020

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People are Addicted to Outrage: Four Ways to Walk a Better Path – An Interview with Ed Stetzer

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Ed Stetzer is a professor and dean at Wheaton College who also serves as Executive Director of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center. Stetzer has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, has earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates, and has written hundreds of articles and a dozen books. He joins us today to talk about why people are addicted to outrage and four ways to walk a better path. 

  • Your book Christians in the Age of Outrage: How to Bring Our Best When the World Is at Its Worst in 2018. What prompted you to write the book at that time?
  • Describe what you are seeing in today’s culture as it applies to outrage. How can Christians help rather than contribute to the problem?
  • Explain the four ways you describe to walk a better path are: being empathetic, responding with humility, seeing people as image bearing, and being sacrificial. 
  • How can pastors and others in ministry help lead their members to choose a better path?

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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.

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Jul 14 2020

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How to Be an Encouraging Church Member

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Pastors and church staff have plenty of critics. The Church Answers team helps us understand how we can all choose to be an encouraging church member. 

  • The story of Stephanie Jackson
  • The heart of renewal in many churches
  • Pray for the disposition of encouragement daily
  • Create an intentionality
  • Pray for those you encouraged
  • Seek nothing in return

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Jul 07 2020

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Leading Remotely: An Interview with BELAY COO, Lisa Zeeveld

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How can church leaders lead their remote teams with trust? Belay COO, Lisa Zeeveld joins Thom and Sam to discuss how to lead well remotely. 

  • How can church leaders lead their remote teams with trust – and why?
  • What’s one thing you’d recommend church leaders do to make remote employees feel valued and ‘seen?’
  • How can remote church leaders learn to embrace conflict?
  • What’s one thing that a remote leader often overlooks that you’ve learned is invaluable as a remote leader? 
  • Is there such a thing as too much communication?

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Jun 30 2020

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Understanding the 64% Factor: What If Everyone Showed Up at Church at the Same Time?

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What would happen if everyone showed up at church at the same time? The Rainer on Leadership team will tackle this question and help us understand the 64% factor.

Description:

  • Understanding the meaning of the 64% factor
  • Breaking the cycle of lower expectations
  • Dealing with the oft-repeated statement, “The church is the people, not a building.”
  • Being willing to make the changes to give everyone an opportunity to participate in gathered worship.

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Jun 23 2020

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Listening and Praying Forward During a Time of Racial Reconciliation: An Interview with Pastor Tyrone Barnette

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Today’s special guest is Pastor Tyrone Barnette. Pastor Barnette shares with us how to listen and pray during a time of racial reconciliation. We are thankful for his ministry and wisdom during this important time of building unity. 

Pastor Tyrone Barnette is the founder and senior pastor of Peace Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia. The church was founded in 1993 in Pastor Barnette’s home, and has grown greatly since then, to over 3,000 members with an average of about 1,200 people attending on Sundays.

Pastor Barnette has preached the Gospel around the world, including Brazil and parts of Africa (where he helped build five churches and saw more than a thousand people give their lives to Christ). He’s also been to South Africa and formed partnerships with several churches there.

Tyrone has been married to his wife, Tabitha, for over 30 years. They have three wonderful children and one granddaughter.

Description:

  • How are you personally engaging?
  • How are you engaging your church?
  • What are the prayers you have for your community?
  • What is the best way for pastors to engage the topic?
  • What would you like to communicate that isn’t being heard?

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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.

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Jun 16 2020

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The Five Most Common Ways Churches Are Adding Space for Social Distancing

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Churches are slowly beginning to reopen and are desiring to be responsible and safe. Listen in as we discuss the five most common ways churches are adding space for social distancing. 

  • They already have space, but they are providing new seating patterns.
  • They are adding overflow rooms.
  • They are adding Sunday morning services.
  • They are adding services other than Sunday morning.
  • They are alternating attendees.

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Jun 09 2020

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Five Ways Your Church Facility Is a Tool for Ministry

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You may have heard it a time or two; the church is the people, not the building. But today, we are talking about the building and five ways your church facility is a tool for ministry. 

  • It is still the primary place for the gathered church.
  • You likely have a lot of unused space during the week.
  • One room can make a huge difference.
  • Many neighborhoods do not have a community center.
  • You can have multiple services on multiple days.

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Jun 02 2020

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Why Church Leaders Have an Incredible Window of Opportunity

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At ChurchAnswers.com we have been walking with many church leaders who desire to open the window of opportunity presented as a result of the pandemic. Thom and Kevin Spratt discuss several reasons why church leaders have an incredible opportunity ahead of them. 

Why Church Leaders Have an Incredible Window of Opportunity

  • Change has been a constant during the pandemic.
  • Your church members have been exposed to a variety of churches.
  • Church members likely have a new sense of what really matters.
  • You as a leader have learned to lead through change better.

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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.

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May 26 2020

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How to be a positive influence in the negative world of social media – An interview with New York Times bestselling author John Eldredge

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Social media is a helpful tool for ministry but also a black hole for negativity. New York Times bestselling author John Eldredge joins us today to share strategies for being a positive influence in the negative world of social media.

Highlights:

John Eldredge is a bestselling author, a counselor, and a teacher. He is also president of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God, recover their own hearts in God’s love, and learn to live in God’s kingdom. John and his wife, Stasi, live near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The average American checks their phone 80 times a day; 70 percent keep it within reach while they sleep. In a culture constantly barraged by information at a frantic pace, it’s no wonder people feel numb and burnt out. In his new book, Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices for a World Gone Mad (Nelson Books, Feb. 11, 2020), New York Times bestselling author John Eldredge provides readers with simple, ready-to-implement practices to regain control of their lives and heal their souls.

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May 22 2020

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Old Tech and New Tech Solutions You Should Keep Doing as You Return to In-Person Services

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From making phone calls and writing letters to online giving and virtual discipleship, as we return to in-person services, there are many strategies your church should keep doing. Thom and Sam discuss many of these strategies and their benefits on today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership.

Highlights:

  • Keep making phone calls and writing letters.
  • Keep building your church email list.
  • Keep moving people towards online giving.
  • Keep an option for groups via video calls.

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May 19 2020

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How to Make Worship Services BETTER Right Now – An interview with Jordan Richmond

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Today we welcome Jordan Richmond, worship pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Church. We discuss practical ways leaders can make worship services better right now. Jordan has been married to Heather for 14 years and they’ve led worship together for all of it. They have 4 children. 

How to Make Worship Services BETTER Right Now

  • Check-in with your people personally.
  • Dig into technical areas where you need to improve
  • Think intimate. Not big. 
  • Go shorter. Not longer.

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May 15 2020

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Repurposing Your Church During the Pandemic- An Interview with Mike Glenn

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What does it mean to repurpose your church? What would it look like to repurpose during this time of change within the church. Guest Pastor Mike Glenn visits with Thom and Sam to discuss this new opportunity for your church. 

  • Let’s begin with definitions. What does it mean to repurpose a church?
  • How has this issue become more obvious and important during the pandemic?
  • How would you distinguish repurposing from revitalization?
  • What are some practical steps churches can take right now?

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May 12 2020

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Happy Mother’s Day with the Rainer Wives

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We are incredibly thankful for the mothers in all our lives and are excited to celebrate the mothers in our lives. This very special episode of Rainer on Leadership features the wisdom and grace of the Rainer wives.

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May 08 2020

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Seven Ways to Be A Better Servant Leader for Your Church

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Today’s leadership lesson handles the common topic of servant leadership but with a different perspective. These seven ways to be a better servant leader for your church will hit home for many listeners.

  • Take the initiative with hurting people.
  • Offer genuine apologies.
  • Do not speak ill of others publicly.
  • Seek out real accountability.
  • Give sacrificially to your church.
  • Be the first to give up your personal preferences.
  • Volunteer for menial tasks.

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May 05 2020

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Creating a Financial Plan for Your Church During the Outbreak

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Let’s talk finance and having a plan. Creating a financial plan for your church during this season raises many questions for pastors. Church leaders need to embrace this critical step as they lead during uncertain times.

  • Do best-case, expected-case, and worst-case scenario planning
  • Use any current-year cash surpluses first
  • Consider receiving funding from the CARES Act
  • Cut every unneeded budget line item to zero
  • Avoid dipping into a line of credit if at all possible
  • Expect and plan for a recession after the pandemic ends
  • Being a good steward and neighbor may mean keeping as many employed as possible

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May 01 2020

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The Temporary Normal including a Post-Coronavirus Facility Reopening Checklist from Smart Church Solutions

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In this edition of Rainer on Leadership, Thom and Sam interview Tim Cool, founder and chief solutions officer of Smart Church Solutions. Tim shares his checklist for reopening your facilities in the post-coronavirus world.

  • What do you see remaining the same when churches return to in-person services?
  • What are some of the major changes you expect?
  • Why should a church even worry about getting ready to return to its facilities?
  • Tell us about the checklist you are providing?
  • What else do church leaders need to know?

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Apr 28 2020

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Five Hard Things Churches Must Do Right Now

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This season of isolation and social distancing has forced churches around the country to make hard decisions without an idea of what the other side holds. Listen in as Thom and Sam discuss the questions and best practices pastors are talking about right now on Church Answers and the five hard things churches must do right now.

  • Hit the reset button, not the pause button.
  • Keep as many employed as possible.
  • Experiment creatively
  • Stop complaining… now and forever. 
  • Comply with the government’s request not to gather

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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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Apr 24 2020

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Why Your Church Must Move to Both Digital AND Automated Giving Immediately (Interview with Jess Rainer)

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In a time when most churches are holding virtual services, Thom and Sam speak with Jess Rainer regarding best practices and benefits in moving to both digital and automated giving immediately.

  • What are the definitions of automated giving and digital giving?
  • Talk about how these methods of giving have been a blessing for your church.
  • Help us to understand why these methods of giving are important not only for the pandemic. but for the future.
  • How would you recommend a church leader encourage a senior adult to automated giving? Why might this path be easier than the typical digital giving channels?

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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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If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here on Church Answers.

The post Why Your Church Must Move to Both Digital AND Automated Giving Immediately (Interview with Jess Rainer) appeared first on Church Answers.

Apr 21 2020

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By Jbowl1 - May 16 2020
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Good information. Appreciate, very much, the show notes ... but there is no need for a co-host (who thinks he’s funny, interrupts guests, thinks his views are the greatest and shares inside jokes with his dad - the host). Just present the information and let whoever you are interviewing speak! Thom should do this by himself.

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By bigdogtheodore - Nov 01 2017
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I have been blessed by these podcasts. It makes me a better church member.