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Rainer on Leadership is your online home for leadership lessons for the local church. This twice-weekly podcast provides practical training on important issues for church leaders and pastors. For more information, visit ChurchAnswers.com.

Rainer on Leadership Thom Rainer

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 448 Ratings

Rainer on Leadership is your online home for leadership lessons for the local church. This twice-weekly podcast provides practical training on important issues for church leaders and pastors. For more information, visit ChurchAnswers.com.

    Do You Have to Be Committed to a Local Church to Be a Christian?

    Do You Have to Be Committed to a Local Church to Be a Christian?

    https://youtu.be/O9_IA2HdOi0



    The importance of the local church in the life of a Christian is powerfully clear and obvious in the New Testament. Today, however, many Christians minimize the role of local congregations. Sam asks Thom several questions about this issue in light of Thom's new book, “I Am a Christian.”



    So, do you have to be an active church member to be a Christian?





    Why has church membership become minimized by many Christians?





    How does a church leader move a congregation toward higher commitment?





    What opposition do pastors face when they attempt to move a church toward higher commitment?





    Is there hope for the local church?



     

    Resources:



    I Am A Christian by Thom S. Rainer





    I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference by Thom S. Rainer 





    The Complete Membership Class Toolkit





    Church Answers Consultations





    One Year Bible for Men and One Year Bible for Women





    Tyndale House Publishers





    Logos.com/churchanswers.





    Collaborate with ministry leaders around the world! Join us at Church Answers Gold!



     

    Episode Sponsors: 





    The One Year Bible for Women and The One Year Bible for Men combine the bestselling daily Bible reading format with two-minute daily devotionals.



    The One Year Bible for Women has devotionals written just for women, and The One Year Bible for Men, as you might expect, has devotionals written specifically for men, creating one-of-a-kind devotional Bibles.



    Featuring the trusted and understandable New Living Translation, these Bibles have daily readings that include a passage from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. Each daily reading also includes a short devotional.



    These Bible can be paired together for couples’ devotions, but they are also perfect for individual daily devotional moments.



     







    According to a recent survey, 30% of Evangelical churchgoers want more in-depth teaching. If you want to go deeper into the word, Logos is the Bible Study platform for you.



    Logos fuses powerful technology with biblical resources. Access Bibles, search tools, commentaries, seminary-level courses, and even audiobooks right on your phone, tablet or desktop.



    Logos offers nearly 200,000 digital books from the world’s top publishers.



    Logos is now more affordable. Get started for just $49. Go to Logos.com/churchanswers.



     

    • 25 min
    Why Many Churches Are Becoming Mini-Seminaries

    Why Many Churches Are Becoming Mini-Seminaries

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qdAMAdGmfk



    More churches are providing ministry and theological training for their staff and lay leaders. Thom and Sam look at the reasons for this major development. They also interview two pastors, Tyrone Barnette and Matt McCraw, who have built ministry training centers at their own churches.



    The intersections of the digital revolution, denominational decline, and strategic partnerships





    The desire for the on-the-field training





    The people we know  are the people we raise up





    The growth of internships





    The growth of co-vocational ministers





    The training of lay leaders is becoming more serious



     

    Resources:



    Ministry Training Centers at Church Answers University





    Learn more about the certifications at Church Answers University





    Logos.com/churchanswers





    One Year Bible for Men and One Year Bible for Women





    Tyndale House Publishers



     

    Episode Sponsors: 





    According to a recent survey, 30% of Evangelical churchgoers want more in-depth teaching. If you want to go deeper into the word, Logos is the Bible Study platform for you.



    Logos fuses powerful technology with biblical resources. Access Bibles, search tools, commentaries, seminary-level courses, and even audiobooks right on your phone, tablet or desktop.



    Logos offers nearly 200,000 digital books from the world’s top publishers.



    Logos is now more affordable. Get started for just $49. Go to Logos.com/churchanswers.



     







    The One Year Bible for Women and The One Year Bible for Men combine the bestselling daily Bible reading format with two-minute daily devotionals.



    The One Year Bible for Women has devotionals written just for women, and The One Year Bible for Men, as you might expect, has devotionals written specifically for men, creating one-of-a-kind devotional Bibles.



    Featuring the trusted and understandable New Living Translation, these Bibles have daily readings that include a passage from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. Each daily reading also includes a short devotional.



    These Bible can be paired together for couples’ devotions, but they are also perfect for individual daily devotional moments.



     

    • 26 min
    How a Financial Champion Can Significantly Increase Giving in Your Church

    How a Financial Champion Can Significantly Increase Giving in Your Church

    https://youtu.be/KC1LGWyhrUI



    Money issues can be the source of stress, marital problems, job problems, and anemic giving in your church. Thom and Sam interview Art Rainer to discuss the concept of a financial champion in your church, and how that person, usually a volunteer, can be transformative for the church and its members. 

    1. Your church has hidden sources of giving.

    2. But financial strains are hurting church members and churches.

    3. This problem will be exacerbated during a period of high inflation.

    4. One of the best solutions: get a financial champion.

    5. How a financial champion works.

     

    Resources:



    One Year Bible for Men and One Year Bible for Women





    Tyndale House Publishers





    Christian Money Solutions





    Get Certified as a Christian Financial Counselor at the Institute for Christian Financial Health





    Logos.com/churchanswers





    Collaborate with ministry leaders around the world! Join us at Church Answers Gold!



     

    Episode Sponsors: 





    The One Year Bible for Women and The One Year Bible for Men combine the bestselling daily Bible reading format with two-minute daily devotionals.



    The One Year Bible for Women has devotionals written just for women, and The One Year Bible for Men, as you might expect, has devotionals written specifically for men, creating one-of-a-kind devotional Bibles.



    Featuring the trusted and understandable New Living Translation, these Bibles have daily readings that include a passage from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. Each daily reading also includes a short devotional.



    These Bible can be paired together for couples’ devotions, but they are also perfect for individual daily devotional moments.



     







    According to a recent survey, 30% of Evangelical churchgoers want more in-depth teaching. If you want to go deeper into the word, Logos is the Bible Study platform for you.



    Logos fuses powerful technology with biblical resources. Access Bibles, search tools, commentaries, seminary-level courses, and even audiobooks right on your phone, tablet or desktop.



    Logos offers nearly 200,000 digital books from the world’s top publishers.



    Logos is now more affordable. Get started for just $49. Go to Logos.com/churchanswers.



     

    • 24 min
    A Special Four-Part Series with Brown Church Development Group: How to Increase Attendance and Align Ministries with Your Church Facility – Part 4: You MUST Listen to This Podcast Before Moving into a Building Program

    A Special Four-Part Series with Brown Church Development Group: How to Increase Attendance and Align Ministries with Your Church Facility – Part 4: You MUST Listen to This Podcast Before Moving into a Building Program

    Here is the complete guide for taking your church facilities from worn and patchwork to exciting and ministry aligned. In just four short podcasts, you will likely learn more about church facilities than you have in years. Todd Brown of  Brown Church Development Group joins Sam and Thom to discuss this critical ministry need. This podcast series may prove to be one of the most important you have heard.



    Do not even consider a building program before you listen to this podcast. It could save you thousands of hours of time and millions of dollars. And it could be transformational for the future of your church.



     



    Todd Brown is the CEO of Brown Church Development Group. He is responsible for providing the overall leadership for the company. In 1988, after completing his career as a Nebraska Cornhusker and professional football player, Todd returned to his hometown of Holdrege, NE, to join his father, Jim, who began Brown Construction in 1962. Todd took full control of the operation in 2000. Under Todd’s leadership, the company has completed hundreds of commercial and church projects in 15 States. 



    Brown Construction leads the industry in redefining the typical construction process. The Brown commitment is a customer promise to walk through the construction process, keeping it simple, clear, and to the point.



     

    Resources:



    Brown Church Development Group





    Listen to Episode #1 - “Turning Your Facilities into Exciting Relational Space”





    Listen to Episode #2 - “Dealing with Patchwork and Worn-Out Facilities”





    Listen to Episode #3 - “Making Your Facilities Guest Friendly and Ministry Aligned”





    “4 Keys to Positioning for Church” - A free ebook from Brown Church Development Group





    Start the Discovery process with Brown Church Development Group



     

    Episode Sponsor:

    • 23 min
    A Special Four-Part Series with Brown Church Development Group: How to Increase Attendance and Align Ministries with Your Church Facility – Part 3: Making Your Facilities Guest Friendly and Ministry Aligned

    A Special Four-Part Series with Brown Church Development Group: How to Increase Attendance and Align Ministries with Your Church Facility – Part 3: Making Your Facilities Guest Friendly and Ministry Aligned

    Here is the complete guide for taking your church facilities from worn and patchwork to exciting and ministry aligned. In just four short podcasts, you will likely learn more about church facilities than you have in years. Todd Brown of  Brown Church Development Group joins Sam and Thom to discuss this critical ministry need. This podcast series may prove to be one of the most important you have heard.



    In this third episode, Thom, Sam, and Todd dive deeper into the issues of facilities being guest-friendly and ministry aligned.



    The third challenge you mentioned was poor facility to ministry fit.  You’ve touched on this a





    What are some practical, easy ways our listeners could begin to evaluate their ministry facility fit?





    The fourth common challenge you mentioned was frustrated visitors.  What are some facility-related reasons visitors be frustrated before they even get to the worship space?



     



    Todd Brown is the CEO of Brown Church Development Group. He is responsible for providing the overall leadership for the company. In 1988, after completing his career as a Nebraska Cornhusker and professional football player, Todd returned to his hometown of Holdrege, NE, to join his father, Jim, who began Brown Construction in 1962. Todd took full control of the operation in 2000. Under Todd’s leadership, the company has completed hundreds of commercial and church projects in 15 States. 



    Brown Construction leads the industry in redefining the typical construction process. The Brown commitment is a customer promise to walk through the construction process, keeping it simple, clear, and to the point.



     

    Resources:



    Brown Church Development Group





    Listen to Episode #1 - “Turning Your Facilities into Exciting Relational Space”





    Listen to Episode #2 - “Dealing with Patchwork and Worn-Out Facilities”



     

    Episode Sponsor:

    • 17 min
    A Special Four-Part Series with Brown Church Development Group: How to Increase Attendance and Align Ministries with Your Church Facility – Part 2: Dealing with Patchwork and Worn-Out Facilities

    A Special Four-Part Series with Brown Church Development Group: How to Increase Attendance and Align Ministries with Your Church Facility – Part 2: Dealing with Patchwork and Worn-Out Facilities

    Here is the complete guide for taking your church facilities from worn and patchwork to exciting and ministry aligned. In just four short podcasts, you will likely learn more about church facilities than you have in years. Todd Brown of  Brown Church Development Group joins Sam and Thom to discuss this critical ministry need. This podcast series may prove to be one of the most important you have heard.



    Do you have patchwork and worn-out facilities? You will not want to miss this episode!



    The second challenge you mentioned frequently encountering was incongruent or patchwork facilities.  Why do you think this is so common?





    So you believe a discovery process before designing or building is critical.  What steps do you suggest a church take after the discovery process?





    What about an existing facility or a multi-level facility that didn’t have a master plan when they were built?  What should they do? Can you make a Master Plan for an existing facility?



     



    Todd Brown is the CEO of Brown Church Development Group. He is responsible for providing the overall leadership for the company. In 1988, after completing his career as a Nebraska Cornhusker and professional football player, Todd returned to his hometown of Holdrege, NE, to join his father, Jim, who began Brown Construction in 1962. Todd took full control of the operation in 2000. Under Todd’s leadership, the company has completed hundreds of commercial and church projects in 15 States. 



    Brown Construction leads the industry in redefining the typical construction process. The Brown commitment is a customer promise to walk through the construction process, keeping it simple, clear, and to the point.



     

    Resources:



    Brown Church Development Group





    Listen to Episode #1 - “Turning Your Facilities into Exciting Relational Space”



     

    Episode Sponsor:

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
448 Ratings

448 Ratings

EdEarnest ,

Helpful topics…

My ministry has benefited greatly from these podcasts. The topics are quite helpful- many “real life” kind of scenarios…things I really face (or might face in the future). This is a great equipping resource. And as for personal preference, the length is perfect. I enjoy the bullet points kind out outline with a conversational tone. This makes this podcast very easy to listen to for me. I don’t miss very many episodes. Thanks guys!

RDL79 ,

Becoming more of an infomercial

Have been listening to this podcast for a while and really enjoyed it at the beginning, but the longer it goes, the more I feel like I’m listening to an infomercial and them promote their sponsors

jdez36 ,

Another Great Leadership Podcast to Add to Your List

One of the best most practical leadership podcasts out there. I find myself going back to episodes I’ve already listened to because the information Thom and his team provide is just that good.

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