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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
Average Ratings
346
14
5
1
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

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: 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
23 mins
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Rank #2: 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
22 mins
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Rank #3: 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.

Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast

Jun 22 2018
23 mins
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Rank #4: 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
21 mins
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Rank #5: 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
23 mins
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Rank #6: 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
24 mins
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Rank #7: 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.

Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast

Aug 07 2018
25 mins
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Rank #8: 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.

Resources Mentioned in Today’s Podcast

Jun 15 2018
20 mins
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Rank #9: 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
23 mins
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Rank #10: 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
23 mins
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Rank #11: 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
21 mins
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Rank #12: 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.

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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
22 mins
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Rank #13: 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.

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 03 2018
22 mins
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Rank #14: 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
22 mins
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Rank #15: Seven Traits of a Healthy Church – Rainer on Leadership #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.

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 16 2018
21 mins
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Rank #16: 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.

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 11 2018
22 mins
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Rank #17: 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
21 mins
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Rank #18: 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
23 mins
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Rank #19: Five Key Reasons Churches Become More Unified – Rainer on Leadership #468

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Podcast Episode #468

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Church unity is an issue in many churches. Fighting, gossip, and bullying can really play havoc on unity. Today, we discuss why and how churches can become more unified.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Jesus wanted churches to be unified (John 17), but not many churches want unity.
  • The more outward-focused a church is, the less self-centered they will be.
  • The most important factor in church unity is having an outward focus.
  • One of the primary roles of deacons is to keep unity in the church.

The reasons for church unity which we discuss are:

  1. They have a community outward focus.
  2. They come through a crisis.
  3. They have leadership that keeps them on track.
  4. They have a low tolerance for gossiping and bullying.
  5. They have a clear and actionable vision statement.

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.

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Sep 18 2018
23 mins
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Rank #20: Sacred Cows to Be Aware of in Your Church – Rainer on Leadership #474

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Podcast Episode #474

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We recently ran a Twitter poll to find out the most dealt with sacred cows in churches. The responses were both hilarious and worrisome.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Sacred cows are often sacred not simply because of their usefulness, but because of their tradition.
  • The offertory is often the biggest sacred cow in the order of worship.
  • The offertory is not a distraction from worship, it is an act of worship.
  • Too many people think that their preferred worship style is biblically prescribed.

The 15 sacred cows we discuss are:

  1. The parlor.
  2. The organ.
  3. Politics.
  4. Order of worship.
  5. The building.
  6. Flowers in the worship center.
  7. Music/worship style.
  8. Sunday evening services.
  9. Pews.
  10. Attire.
  11. Committees.
  12. Cemeteries.
  13. Choir robes.
  14. Previous pastor.
  15. White tablecloths over the elements for the Lord’s Supper/Communion.

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.

Feedback

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Oct 09 2018
25 mins
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