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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 • 461 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.

    Why Every Woman in Your Church Needs This Bible: An Interview with Naomi Cramer Overton and Misty Arterburn

    Why Every Woman in Your Church Needs This Bible: An Interview with Naomi Cramer Overton and Misty Arterburn

    https://youtu.be/Pz_ZE5cxkQc



    Thom welcomes Dr. Naomi Cramer Overton, "Every Woman’s Bible" General Editor and CEO of Stonecroft, and Misty Arterburn, Associate Editor for the "Every Woman’s Bible." The Every Woman’s Bible by Tyndale House Publishers is a study Bible for the heart and mind. The relevant and timely features in this Bible focus on what hundreds of women say they desire from a Bible. Over one hundred scholars, writers, and contributors—all women—from around the world invite readers into serious study and deep reflection through this Bible and to connection in the global community.







    Why do you see women as central to God’s mission?













    Why do you see the Every Woman’s Bible as a Bible for such a time as this?













    Tell us about your vision to see women being transformed and transforming.













    What do you want church leaders to know as they consider this Bible for their ministries?













    Why create a woman’s study Bible for heart and mind?













    What was your approach in tackling the difficult questions this Bible addresses?







    Resources:



    * Upward Sports





    “Every Woman’s Bible” (Discover This Bible)





    * “Every Woman’s Bible” (Bulk Purchasing)





    * Tyndale House Publishers





    * “Being God's Image: Why Creation Still Matters” by Carmen Imes





    The Everything Church Resource Directory





    * The Hope Initiative





    * Get your FREE tool! Attendance Growth Projector



    Episode Sponsors:



    Upward Sports equips churches to run self-sustaining sports ministries in their communities.  Whether you are a sports fanatic, or on staff at a church, Upward Sports will give you all the tools you need to run a first-class sports ministry that allows you to reach families in your community.  Upward Sports offers basketball, soccer, flag football, cheerleading, volleyball, baseball and softball through league and camp offerings.



    At Upward Sports, we want to help your church make a difference, and give you increased opportunities to share the gospel.  Learn more today at Upward.org/ChurchAnswers.



    **As a partner of Rainer or Leadership, Upward Sports is offering a $500 sports start up grant to listeners. Head over to Upward.org/ChurchAnswers and schedule a call… tell them we sent you! Your sports grant will assist you in a 2024 LEAGUE!



    Discover your story in God’s story and find a life of extraordinary purpose.



    Every woman brings her own questions to the Bible: If I’m God’s child, why does my life sometimes feel ordinary or even disappointing? Why does the Bible say such hard and confusing things about and to women? How can I understand God and my own identity and place in God’s story?



    Every Woman’s Bible doesn’t shy away from the questions women ask.

    • 26 min
    A Special Three-Part Series with Church Growth Services: Episode #3 – What Should You Do When a Handful of Key Donors Support the Church – An Interview with Mike Stadelmayer

    A Special Three-Part Series with Church Growth Services: Episode #3 – What Should You Do When a Handful of Key Donors Support the Church – An Interview with Mike Stadelmayer

    As the median size of a church gets smaller, more are in the predicament of being supported by a handful of key donors. Mike Stadelmayer of Church Growth Services joins Thom and Sam to discuss what these churches can do. Not every case is dire, but the long-term viability of a congregation is at stake when one or two key donors are responsible for most of the budget.







    The median church size is around 40 to 60 people, so many churches are supported by one or two key donors.













    Financial risk increases as the number of donors decreases.













    Assume the best of these key donors, even if they have a lot of influence.













    Some cases will only be resolved with numerical growth and strong stewardship training.













    Build a strong relationship with key donors while you build the church.













    Take care of as much deferred maintenance as possible.













    Fill the church budget with as many outwardly focused ministries as possible.













    Transparency is key; don’t be afraid to ask your church to step up.







    Resources:



    Church Growth Services





    Get your FREE eBook, 5 Generosity Megatrends





    * Episode #1: Making the Ask: How Pastors Should Approach Key Church Donors – An Interview with Mike Stadelmayer





    * Episode #2: The Upside and Downside of Designated Giving in Churches – An Interview with Mike Stadelmayer



    Episode Sponsor:





     

    • 21 min
    A Special Three-Part Series with Church Growth Services: Episode #2 – The Upside and Downside of Designated Giving in Churches – An Interview with Mike Stadelmayer

    A Special Three-Part Series with Church Growth Services: Episode #2 – The Upside and Downside of Designated Giving in Churches – An Interview with Mike Stadelmayer

    Most gifts to churches are given without designating how the funds should be spent. However, there are cases when donors restrict their donations or give to a designated account. While every donation helps kingdom work, designated gifts can be tricky. Mike Stadelmayer of Church Growth Services joins Thom and Sam, and they discuss some of the nuances around restricted giving.







    Designated gifts are restricted to a particular project or budget line item.













    They are a blessing when people give above and beyond their undesignated tithe.













    Some churches strategically request designated gifts, like mission offerings and capital campaigns.













    Some members give only designated gifts because of pet projects or discontent with leadership.













    By law, designated gifts must be used for their intended purposes.













    Designated gifts to individuals are not tax-deductible contributions.













    When a church has too many designated funds, givers get confused. And confused givers typically donate less.













    Some churches use a “one fund” approach to giving.







    Resources:



    Church Growth Services





    Get your FREE eBook, 5 Generosity Megatrends





    * Episode #1: Making the Ask: How Pastors Should Approach Key Church Donors – An Interview with Mike Stadelmayer





    * Episode #3: What Should You Do When a Handful of Key Donors Support the Church – An Interview with Mike Stadelmayer



    Episode Sponsor:

    • 22 min
    A Special Three-Part Series with Church Growth Services: Episode #1 – Making the Ask: How Pastors Should Approach Key Church Donors – An Interview with Mike Stadelmayer

    A Special Three-Part Series with Church Growth Services: Episode #1 – Making the Ask: How Pastors Should Approach Key Church Donors – An Interview with Mike Stadelmayer

    Talking to key givers in the church does not have to be awkward. Mike Stadelmayer of Church Growth Services joins Thom and Sam to discuss how pastors can make the ask without feeling icky. They discuss some best practices that any pastor can follow.







    Understand the history and culture of your church.













    Do not violate any written policies or unwritten rules.













    If you are comfortable in the conversation, most others will be as well.













    Watch your non-verbal cues and be confident.













    Desperation only works once.













    Building relationships takes time, and you may not have the luxury of waiting.







    Resources:



    Church Growth Services





    Get your FREE eBook, 5 Generosity Megatrends





    * Episode #2: The Upside and Downside of Designated Giving in Churches – An Interview with Mike Stadelmayer





    * Episode #3: What Should You Do When a Handful of Key Donors Support the Church – An Interview with Mike Stadelmayer



    Episode Sponsor:

    • 20 min
    Four Major Shifts in Church Staffing

    Four Major Shifts in Church Staffing

    https://youtu.be/3NDB60O3KhM



    There have been steady but subtle shifts in how churches hire staff and call ministers for years. Many of those shifts have accelerated since COVID. Sam and Thom look at four of the most significant shifts.







    The surprising number of pastors who were formerly laypersons in their churches.













    The acceleration of the part-time movement.













    The surprising number of unpaid lead pastors.













    The return of the circuit rider pastor?







    Resources:



    “Every Woman’s Bible” (Discover This Bible)





    * “Every Woman’s Bible” (Bulk Purchasing)





    * Tyndale House Publishers





    * Upward Sports





    Brown Church Development Group





    The Everything Church Resource Directory





    National Congregations Study





    Church Answers University





    * “The Surprising Return of the Neighborhood Church” by Sam Rainer





    * The Hope Initiative





    * Get your FREE tool! Attendance Growth Projector



    Episode Sponsors:



    Upward Sports equips churches to run self-sustaining sports ministries in their communities.  Whether you are a sports fanatic, or on staff at a church, Upward Sports will give you all the tools you need to run a first-class sports ministry that allows you to reach families in your community.  Upward Sports offers basketball, soccer, flag football, cheerleading, volleyball, baseball and softball through league and camp offerings.



    At Upward Sports, we want to help your church make a difference, and give you increased opportunities to share the gospel.  Learn more today at Upward.org/ChurchAnswers.



    **As a partner of Rainer or Leadership, Upward Sports is offering a $500 sports start up grant to listeners. Head over to Upward.org/ChurchAnswers and schedule a call… tell them we sent you! Your sports grant will assist you in a 2024 LEAGUE!



    Discover your story in God’s story and find a life of extraordinary purpose.



    Every woman brings her own questions to the Bible: If I’m God’s child, why does my life sometimes feel ordinary or even disappointing? Why does the Bible say such hard and confusing things about and to women? How can I understand God and my own identity and place in God’s story?



    Every Woman’s Bible doesn’t shy away from the questions women ask. In these pages, active and impactful women of yesterday and today share age-old truths with modern relevance. Contributions from more than 100 women around the world—from every continent—explore the heartfelt needs, gritty challenges, and uncommon faithfulness of women of the Bible, throughout history, and today.

    • 21 min
    Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Overcoming Failure: An Interview with Scott Beck

    Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Overcoming Failure: An Interview with Scott Beck

    https://youtu.be/9j_CqTzUj2o



    Thom welcomes Scott Beck, co-founder and CEO of Gloo, a technology platform that releases the collective might of the faith ecosystem. After starting and scaling successful businesses including Blockbuster Video, Einstein's Bagel, Boston Market, and Angie’s List (now Angi), Scott turned his expertise to helping ministry leaders scale their impact through tech. Gloo helps 60,000 church leaders in using tech to engage their people and reach local communities.







    * What are some key traits you see in successful entrepreneurs?













    * Which venture of yours required your greatest entrepreneurial energy and skills?













    * What do you consider to be your most significant innovation? Were you surprised once the innovation began to take shape?













    * Tell us what you have learned from some of your failures.







    Resources:



    * Upward Sports





    * California Baptist University





    Gloo





    * Outreach Magazine





    * The Hope Initiative





    * Get your FREE tool! Attendance Growth Projector



    Episode Sponsors:



    Upward Sports equips churches to run self-sustaining sports ministries in their communities.  Whether you are a sports fanatic, or on staff at a church, Upward Sports will give you all the tools you need to run a first-class sports ministry that allows you to reach families in your community.  Upward Sports offers basketball, soccer, flag football, cheerleading, volleyball, baseball and softball through league and camp offerings.



    At Upward Sports, we want to help your church make a difference, and give you increased opportunities to share the gospel.  Learn more today at Upward.org/ChurchAnswers.



    **As a partner of Rainer or Leadership, Upward Sports is offering a $500 sports start up grant to listeners. Head over to Upward.org/ChurchAnswers and schedule a call… tell them we sent you! Your sports grant will assist you in a 2024 LEAGUE!









    Did you know that fewer than 20% of Southern Baptist pastors have a bachelor’s degree?

    That is according to a past Pew Research study.

    How can this be combated and how can we prepare our churches for the future?

    California Baptist University has a solution.

    CBU offers a full breadth of courses through its online degree programs.

    Whether you’re looking to start your degree, finish your degree, or prepare leaders in your church for advancement opportunities, CBU’s degree programs provide a flexible, online learning environment.

    Classes start every eight weeks, so you can begin any time.

    An online degree can:



    Help you gain a better understanding of your life’s purpose;

    Symbolize competence and integrity in your career; and

    Provide you with the skills and knowledge to make a difference in the lives of others.





    Your team may benefit from a degree in business, leadership, finance, communications or Christian studies. There are dozens of online degrees available to you!

    The online Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries develops servant leaders with the tools for understanding and communicating biblical truths.

    This degree prepares students for active lead...

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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461 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!

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Poor audio

Unable to listen because some speakers are loud while others can hardly be heard. Great content though!

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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

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