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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 ThomRainer.com.

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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 ThomRainer.com.

    Should Pastors Be Friends with Church Members or Not?

    Should Pastors Be Friends with Church Members or Not?

    As a pastor, you are part of the body of Christ. Within the body, friendship is important, even for pastors. Thom and Sam discuss friendship with church members and offer sound advice for pastors. 



    Yes! But we've all been burned... badly.

    Friends outside the church are necessary but often too distant.

    Every pastor should have at least one close friend inside the church.

    Discern your true friends through four filters: Presence, protection, truthfulness, and trustworthiness. 



    Resources mentioned in today's podcast:



    * How Your Church Can Reach People In a Post-COVID World Ebook

    * Radical Mentoring

    * Free 30-day trial Church Answers Silver membership



     







     

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    The mission of Southeastern Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping Christians to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. One way we like to do that is by giving away free resources. You can get a free copy of Thom Rainer's E-Book, "How Your Church Can Reach People in the Post-Covid World" by visiting pastorscenter.org/free-books



     







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    • 24 min
    Five Often-Overlooked Benefits of Established Churches

    Five Often-Overlooked Benefits of Established Churches

    Depending on your definition, most churches fall into the category of established. Thankfully, It is no longer uncool to lead an established church. Thom and Sam talk through five often-overlooked benefits of established churches.



    Current revenue stream (you have at least some resources)

    Predetermined location (you already know where you are called)

    The existing commitment level of people (belonging to a church)

    Existing facility (roof over your head)

    Rhythms and patterns of programming (volunteers in place)



    Resources mentioned in today's podcast:



    * How Your Church Can Reach People In a Post-COVID World Ebook

    * Revitalize Network

    * Cosco & Associates

    * Free 30-day trial Church Answers Silver membership



     







     

    Episode Sponsor:

     







    The mission of Southeastern Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping Christians to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. One way we like to do that is by giving away free resources. You can get a free copy of Thom Rainer's E-Book, "How Your Church Can Reach People in the Post-Covid World" by visiting pastorscenter.org/free-books



     







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    • 25 min
    What Every Church Leader Needs to Know About the Messiness of Divorce – An Interview with Toni Nieuwhof

    What Every Church Leader Needs to Know About the Messiness of Divorce – An Interview with Toni Nieuwhof

    Toni Nieuwhof joins Thom and Sam to share what every church leader needs to know about the messiness of divorce.



    Toni Nieuwhof is an attorney, pharmacist and church leader who, along with her husband, Carey Nieuwhof, founded Connexus Church north of Toronto Canada. Already a published author in the legal field, Toni’s first general release book on marriage will be published in 2021. Toni has spoken in front of leaders in Canada, the US and around the world about marriage and relational health. Her practice as a divorce attorney and her extensive experience in ministry have given her a unique vantage point and a passion for serving couples who want to leave their unhappiness behind, not their marriage.



    Resources mentioned in today's podcast:



    * How Your Church Can Reach People In a Post-COVID World Ebook

    * Before You Split: Find What You Really Want for the Future of Your Marriage by Toni Nieuwhof

    * ToniNieuwhof.com

    * Free 30-day trial Church Answers Silver membership



     







     

    Episode Sponsor:

     







    The mission of Southeastern Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping Christians to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. One way we like to do that is by giving away free resources. You can get a free copy of Thom Rainer's E-Book, "How Your Church Can Reach People in the Post-Covid World" by visiting pastorscenter.org/free-books



     







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    • 22 min
    The 100 Factor of Negativity

    The 100 Factor of Negativity

    Are you looking to be more positive in the new year? Today we look at how destructive negativity can be for you and your team. On today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership, Thom and Sam discuss the 100 factor of negativity.



    * Every negative word has the power of one hundred positive words.

    * Negativity has many variants: Cynicism, speculation, misinformation, and selectivity.

    * Assume the best. Optimists take people to a better place.

    * Keep score. Not of others. Of yourself. 

    * Avoid correcting others on social media. 

    * Have a weekly strategy of positivity.



    Resources mentioned in today's podcast:



    * How Your Church Can Reach People In a Post-COVID World Ebook

    * The 100 Factor of Negativity Article - ChurchAnswers.com August 19, 2020

    * Belay

    * Free 30-day trial Church Answers Silver membership



     







     

    Episode Sponsor:

     







    The mission of Southeastern Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping Christians to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. One way we like to do that is by giving away free resources. You can get a free copy of Thom Rainer's E-Book, "How Your Church Can Reach People in the Post-Covid World" by visiting pastorscenter.org/free-books



     







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    • 23 min
    Five Things You Should Do As You Lead Your Church to a New Year

    Five Things You Should Do As You Lead Your Church to a New Year

    We are about to welcome in a new year! In today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership, Thom and Sam discuss five things you should do as you lead your church to a new year. 



    Emphasize again the church's vision and/or purpose.

    Review your outwardly focused plans for the new year.

    Check in with key leaders and/or influencers in the church.

    Become a continuous learner.

    Lead from a posture of hope.



    Resources mentioned in today's podcast:



    * How Your Church Can Reach People In a Post-COVID World Ebook

    * Invite Your One

    * Pray and Go

    * Cosco & Associates

    * Free 30-day trial Church Answers Silver membership



     







     

    Episode Sponsor:

     







    The mission of Southeastern Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping Christians to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. One way we like to do that is by giving away free resources. You can get a free copy of Thom Rainer's E-Book, "How Your Church Can Reach People in the Post-Covid World" by visiting pastorscenter.org/free-books



     







    Feedback

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    • 23 min
    Why People Love Traditional Christmas Eve Services

    Why People Love Traditional Christmas Eve Services

    You will likely have more guests on Christmas Eve than any other service throughout the year. Here are several reasons why people love traditional Christmas Eve services.



    * You will likely have more guests on Christmas Eve than any other service throughout the year

    * Nostalgia is a powerful emotion around the holidays

    * The community expects a more traditional experience at Christmas

    * Candlelight services are popular among almost every demographic group

    * Any church can do a traditional Christmas Eve service 

    * Always share the gospel in a Christmas Eve service 



    Resources mentioned in today's podcast:



    * How Your Church Can Reach People In a Post-COVID World Ebook

    * PushPay

    * Free 30-day trial Church Answers Silver membership



     







     

    Episode Sponsor:

     







    The mission of Southeastern Seminary is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping Christians to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission. One way we like to do that is by giving away free resources. You can get a free copy of Thom Rainer's E-Book, "How Your Church Can Reach People in the Post-Covid World" by visiting pastorscenter.org/free-books



     







    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.

    • 23 min

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