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Five Ways Churches Are Unintentionally Forcing Pastors Out – Rainer on Leadership #494
24:47
We've found that many pastors are forced out unknowingly by churches. Today, we cover five ways your church may unknowingly be pushing your pastor away.
Dec 18, 2018
Five Incredible Tools for Better Stewardship in Your Church – Rainer on Leadership #493
23:44
Not a week goes by without me being asked to recommend a resource for some aspect of stewardship in the church. Today, we cover five of the ones we recommend the most.
Dec 14, 2018
6 Reasons Many Church Leaders Stop Leading Outwardly – Rainer on Leadership #492
23:00
Inward focus is natural for churches. It takes intentional effort and supernatural power to overcome this inward focus. Today, we discuss six reasons why it is so difficult to overcome.
Dec 11, 2018
Five Types of Interventions for Churches Needing Revitalization – Rainer on Leadership #491
25:09
Interventions can meet a great need in churches—and many churches need them. Today we discuss five types of interventions, and I tell the story of my strangest church consultation moment.
Dec 07, 2018
Primary Factors That Led to a Pastor’s Call to Ministry – Rainer on Leadership #490
23:21
A call to ministry is intensely personal, but for many pastors the call shares a few common themes. Today, we discuss six of those themes.
Dec 04, 2018
Five Common Ways Pastors Overcome Sermon Blocks – Rainer on Leadership #489
21:38
Sunday comes every week for a pastor. And that means a sermon needed nearly every week. Today, we discuss how to combat sermon block if and when that happens.
Nov 30, 2018
Trends in the Number of Weekends a Pastor Preaches Each Year – Rainer on Leadership #488
22:51
Preaching trends are changing in churches. Today, we look at why many preachers are preaching less every year and why that's a good thing.
Nov 27, 2018
Why Is the Music So Loud in My Worship Service? – Rainer on Leadership #487
23:00
Mike Harland joins us to answer one of the biggest questions in church worship services today: why is it so loud?
Nov 23, 2018
Six Surprising Time Drainers of Church Leaders – Rainer on Leadership #486
22:22
Like us all, pastors and church leaders only have a certain amount of time in their week. So it's important to know what can lead to time drain during the week.
Nov 20, 2018
Why Pastors’ Honeymoons are Getting Shorter – Rainer on Leadership #485
21:20
Honeymoons always end. There are somethings that can be done by a new pastor to extend them, but there are definitely some other things that can be done to cut them short.
Nov 16, 2018
Seven Reasons the 10+ Year Pastorate Is Becoming More Common – Rainer on Leadership #484
22:26
Data shows pastoral tenure is increasing. Today we examine why more pastorates are reaching double digit tenure. 
Nov 13, 2018
Six Social Media Posts Church Leaders Should Avoid – Rainer on Leadership #483
23:38
Social media can be great for expressing yourself, getting news, meeting new friends, and living out your faith. The problem comes when we post something not so smart. Today we cover six areas to avoid on social media.
Nov 09, 2018
Should the Pastor Have Visibility to Members’ Giving? – Rainer on Leadership #482
25:20
Groups that get donations usually have visibility of who gives what. But what about a church? Should a pastor know who is giving and how much? Today, we discuss. 
Nov 06, 2018
Six Ways to Minister after a Miscarriage – Rainer on Leadership #481
22:11
Miscarriage is a difficult live event for those going through it. It's often not handled well by ministers, either. Today we discuss how to better handle these events in life and ministry.
Nov 02, 2018
Ten Goofy Criticisms of Pastors – Rainer on Leadership #480
23:29
We asked our members at Church Answers for the wildest criticisms they had ever received. The answers did not disappoint.
Oct 30, 2018
Five Major “What If” We Regrets We Are Hearing from Churches – Rainer on Leadership #479
23:40
Regret often comes when it's too late to change things in a church. Today, we discuss five of the most common regrets we hear from churches.
Oct 26, 2018
Altar Calls, the Perfect Pastoral Work Week, and Other Listener Questions – Rainer on Leadership #478
22:52
We get a lot of questions here at Rainer on Leadership. Today, we take some time to talk about vacations with church members, altar calls, and the perfect pastoral work week.
Oct 23, 2018
The Six Characteristics of a Scrappy Church – Rainer on Leadership #477
24:34
My latest book, Scrappy Church, was written to offer hope to churches who think they may not have a future. God is not done with your church yet.
Oct 19, 2018
Seven Traits of a Healthy Church – Rainer on Leadership #476
21:24
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.
Oct 16, 2018
Should a Church Pursue Legacy Giving? – Rainer on Leadership #475
21:01
Legacy giving, or inherited funds, is something that churches often do not pursue. Today we discuss why that's often a mistake and how to do so.
Oct 12, 2018
Sacred Cows to Be Aware of in Your Church – Rainer on Leadership #474
25:00
We recently ran a Twitter poll to find out the most dealt with sacred cows in churches. The responses were both hilarious and worrisome.
Oct 09, 2018
Seven Reasons Why Writing Handwritten Notes Will Revolutionize Your Ministry – Rainer on Leadership #473
21:10
Handwritten notes are a lost art for many. Today, we discuss why they are so important and how you can use them to boost encouragement in your church and ministry.
Oct 05, 2018
Six Reasons Why Churches Continue to Get Immature Christians in Leadership Positions – Rainer on Leadership #472
21:46
Leadership in the church tends to fall to those who are either the loudest or who want it the most instead of who is spiritually mature enough to handle it. Today we explore why this happens and how to avoid it.
Oct 02, 2018
Why I’m Starting Revitalize Network – Rainer on Leadership #471
23:55
I recently announced the launch of Revitalize Network—a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on helping churches revitalize. Today, we discuss the details of the network and how you can join us.
Sep 28, 2018
A Look Back at My Time at LifeWay – Rainer on Leadership #470
26:46
With my upcoming retirement from LifeWay, we take time to look back on my 13 years as president. We discuss the challenges, the wins, the fun times, and the walk on the beach that changed the course of LifeWay forever.
Sep 25, 2018
Five Types of Infrequent Attendees – Rainer on Leadership #469
21:56
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.
Sep 21, 2018
Five Key Reasons Churches Become More Unified – Rainer on Leadership #468
23:39
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.
Sep 18, 2018
How to Say No to Church Members – Rainer on Leadership #467
23:36
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.
Sep 14, 2018
Why Staff Issues Are Among the Most Painful Church Issues – Rainer on Leadership #466
22:16
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.
Sep 11, 2018
Why Poor Discipleship Is Such a Big Issue in Many Churches – Rainer on Leadership #465
23:25
Discipleship is something churches say they do, but also something they don't always really understand. Today we explain why.
Sep 07, 2018
Your Church Has Been Offered a Facility…Now What? – Rainer on Leadership #464
23:43
Tim Cool joins us to discuss facility management and why a free building could be the most expensive building your church has. 
Sep 04, 2018
What to Do If You Desire Excellence in the Church, but You Are Not Seeing It – Rainer on Leadership #463
21:06
Many churches aspire to excellence, but unfortunately many of them miss the mark. Today we discuss how to excel in your church.
Aug 31, 2018
Eight Ways Church Members Can Help Pastors Avoid Burnout — Rainer on Leadership #462
21:18
Burnout is a real issue for many, and pastors are not exempt. Today we discuss how church members can help their pastor avoid it.
Aug 28, 2018
Why Some Interim Pastorates Are Successful When Others Are Not – Rainer on Leadership #461
23:01
Pastoral transition happens all the time. Today we discuss what makes for a successful interim pastorate and how InterimPastor.University can help.
Aug 24, 2018
Five Major Ways to Improve Your Worship Services – Rainer on Leadership #460
23:15
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.
Aug 21, 2018
Why People Don’t Invite Others to Church – Rainer on Leadership #459
23:24
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.
Aug 17, 2018
Problems Churches Face When They Don’t Have a Pastor – Rainer on Leadership #458
24:27
William Vanderbloemen joins us to discuss the problems churches often face when they are pastorless.
Aug 14, 2018
Why Digital Giving Options Are Vital for the Financial Health of Your Church – Rainer on Leadership #457
22:09
If churches want the next generation of members to give to their full potential, digital giving options are a must. Today, we explain why.
Aug 10, 2018
Nine Key Statistical Insights from Churches in 2018 – Rainer on Leadership #456
25:49
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.
Aug 07, 2018
The Value of Women in the Workplace and the Rise of Working from Home – Rainer on Leadership #455
22:23
Shannon Miles joins us today to discuss her new book, The Third Option, and the rise of working from home.
Aug 03, 2018
Eight Warning Signs Your Church Is Drifting from God’s Mission – Rainer on Leadership #454
22:19
Is your church aligned with God's intended mission for her? A post by Sam Rainer serves as the basis of today's discussion on warning signs that you might be drifting from God's mission.
Jul 31, 2018
Seven Reasons People Give More to Their Church – Rainer on Leadership #453
21:33
Money is a subject too many pastors avoid—but they shouldn't. It's important to preach and teach on biblical stewardship. Today we explain seven ways that can lead to increased giving.
Jul 27, 2018
Top Ten Ways Churches Drive Away First-time Guests – Rainer on Leadership #452
22:52
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.
Jul 24, 2018
Five Consequences of the Pending Retirement of Boomer Pastors – Rainer on Leadership #451
21:25
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.
Jul 20, 2018
Five Future Developments Coming to the Church – Rainer on Leadership #450
23:45
Churches of the future will have many of the same components of churches today, but there are changes that will take place. Today, we cover five of those changes.
Jul 17, 2018
Six Considerations for Selecting Mission Partners – Rainer on Leadership #449
22:54
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.
Jul 13, 2018
Why People Leave a Church – Rainer on Leadership #448
22:38
A recent study by LifeWay Research showed that 15% of church members have considered leaving their church in the past six months. Today, we discuss why.
Jul 10, 2018
Seven Ways to Adapt to Changes in Church Attendance – Rainer on Leadership #447
23:00
Jim Sheppard, CEO of Generis, joins us today to talk about a new, free eBook (The Big Shift) and to discuss how your church can best adapt to the changing patterns in church member attendance.
Jul 06, 2018
How to Deal With an Angry Church Member – Rainer on Leadership #446
21:43
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.
Jul 03, 2018
Four Steps for Dealing with a #MeToo Moment in Your Church – Rainer on Leadership #445
22:41
Josh Bryant, the Church Law Guru, joins us to discuss how your church can prepare for and respond to a #MeToo accusation.
Jun 29, 2018
Six Ways the #MeToo Movement Has Affected Local Church Life – Rainer on Leadership #444
22:45
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.
Jun 26, 2018
Equipping Millennials in the Church – Rainer on Leadership #443
23:18
Chris Martin, the Millennial Evangelical, joins us to discuss Ministering to Millennials and how your church can better equip and engage Millennials.
Jun 22, 2018
Eight Ways the Digital World Has Changed Local Church Ministry – Rainer on Leadership #442
24:12
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.
Jun 19, 2018
What to Do If You Are Exhausted from Doing Ministry – Rainer on Leadership #441
20:58
Ministry never stops. Because of this, it can be quite exhausting. Today, we discuss how to combat this exhaustion.
Jun 15, 2018
The Unchurched Next Door – Rainer on Leadership #440
22:01
When it was published 15 years ago, The Unchurched Next Door provided insight into reaching those far from Christ with the gospel. Today, we review the book and the research that made it possible.
Jun 12, 2018
Seven Tips for Pastors on Facebook – Rainer on Leadership #439
21:51
Social media can be tricky for pastors and church staff. Who to connect with? Who to ignore? It's not easy, so today we provide seven tips for navigating Facebook.
Jun 08, 2018
How to Do Staff Reviews – Rainer on Leadership #438
23:43
Staff reviews can be tricky for some pastors and church leaders. Today we discuss tips for doing those well.
Jun 05, 2018
Surprising Insights from the Unchurched – Rainer on Leadership #437
22:15
When Surprising Insights from the Unchurched released in the early 2000s, we didn't realize nearly 20 years later that the research would still ring true.
Jun 01, 2018
Legal Issues Facing Churches Today – Rainer on Leadership #436
25:34
Legal expert and lawyer Josh Bryant joins us to discuss the five most important legal issues facing churches today.
May 29, 2018
Challenges Church Personnel Committees (or Similar Groups) Face – Rainer on Leadership #435
21:55
Personnel teams at churches have a difficult job because they're often tasked with oversight of people they don't see but a few times a week. Today we discuss some of the challenges they face.
May 25, 2018
Six Reasons to Love the Established Church – Rainer on Leadership #434
24:08
Sam Rainer joins us to talk about the established church and why pastors should love them. We also highlight an upcoming conference for pastors of established churches.
May 22, 2018
How Pastors Can Battle the Monday Blues – Rainer on Leadership #433
23:22
Mondays can be difficult for pastors and church staff. Today we discuss why and how to combat those rough Mondays.
May 18, 2018
Eight Examples of When a Pastor Leaves Too Soon – Rainer on Leadership #432
21:54
Pastors often leave a church for another opportunity too soon. Today we discuss eight reasons pastors leave too soon and how to combat the urge to jump ship too early.
May 15, 2018
Church Mergers, Administrative Responsibilities, and Other Listener Questions – Rainer on Leadership #431
21:12
We have the best listeners. Whenever we travel, we are privileged to meet so many of you. Today, we answer listener questions on the podcast.
May 11, 2018
Seven Time Eaters for Pastors and Staff – Rainer on Leadership #430
22:34
Pastors have busy schedules, so time management is critical. Today we look at seven items on a pastor's schedule and how you can best manage the time they take.
May 08, 2018
Six Major Staff Issues Pastors Face – Rainer on Leadership #429
20:31
Staff issues can derail a church. And when a pastor doesn't know how to lead a staff, it's a disaster waiting to happen. Today we discuss six issues pastors often struggle with when they have a staff to lead.
May 04, 2018
What Pastors and Church Staff Tell Us They Wished They Had Learned at Seminary – Rainer on Leadership #428
24:14
There are so many things you think you know until you live it. Today we talk about several things pastors and church staff won't learn until they get on the job. And I also tell the story of my worst wedding ever.
May 01, 2018
Six Myths about Outreach in the Local Church – Rainer on Leadership #427
23:24
There are many myths that are pervasive which keep church members from actively inviting guests to church or initiating gospel conversations with them. Today, we debunk these outreach myths.
Apr 27, 2018
Seven Signs a Church Member Is Leaving – Rainer on Leadership #426
23:15
Church members leave churches. It happens. Sometimes it can be avoided, sometimes it cannot. Today we cover seven warning signs that someone might be leaving the church.
Apr 24, 2018
Small Church Essentials with Karl Vaters – Rainer on Leadership #425
21:52
Karl Vaters joins us once again to talk about how small churches should focus on growing healthier—not necessarily larger.
Apr 20, 2018
Key Issues for Follow-up of Guests – Rainer on Leadership #424
21:57
How you follow up with guests often determines whether or not they will stick at your church. So these six keys are important for guest retention and assimilation.
Apr 17, 2018
One Simple Step Toward a Better Church Budget – Rainer on Leadership #423
25:50
Art Rainer joins us to talk about church budgets, budgeting tools, and how churches can free up more money toward missions.
Apr 13, 2018
15 Favorite Apps for Church Leaders – Rainer on Leadership #422
26:54
Pastors and church leaders are always asking about apps that can help their productivity. Today, we highlight 15 apps that can help you with productivity and your growth as a pastor.
Apr 10, 2018
Will the Ministers’ Housing Allowance Go Away? – Rainer on Leadership #421
21:41
The ministers' housing allowance is an oft misunderstood benefit. Today, we discuss the future of the housing allowance and if/when it might go away.
Apr 06, 2018
Should You Leave or Stay at Your Church? – Rainer on Leadership #420
22:43
I have been asked this question several hundred times in the course of my ministry. Today, we cover the answers for it—because it's not an easy answer.
Apr 03, 2018
The Eight Traits of an Assimilated Church Member – Rainer on Leadership #419
20:36
If you want to close the back door of your church and keep members longer, these eight traits should be evident in your church.
Mar 30, 2018
Five Reasons for Decreased Church Giving – Rainer on Leadership #418
22:29
Even though the economy has rebounded some churches still struggle financially—and some members struggle with giving faithfully. Today we cover the five reasons giving often decreases.
Mar 27, 2018
Six Future Projections about Churches That Are Becoming Reality – Rainer on Leadership #417
20:21
This resource-laden episode walks through six predictions for the future of churches. We've seen these trends over the past few years and now they are becoming a reality.
Mar 23, 2018
Culture Wins, featuring William Vanderbloemen – Rainer on Leadership #416
24:47
William Vanderbloemen joins us today to discuss the importance of workplace culture in the church.
Mar 20, 2018
Eight Questions Welcoming Churches Ask – Rainer on Leadership #415
23:26
Most every church thinks it welcomes guests well. Unfortunately, many are not welcoming at all. Today we discuss what welcoming churches focus on to more effectively reach guests.
Mar 16, 2018
9 Keys for Church Members to Be More Guest Friendly This Easter – Rainer on Leadership #414
21:14
Easter is just around the corner. So today, we take a look at nine keys to being a guest friendly congregation on Easter.
Mar 13, 2018
How to Develop a Welcoming Worship Ministry – Rainer on Leadership #413
22:07
The Worship Guru, Mike Harland, joins us again today to discuss how you can use your worship ministry to help become a more welcoming church.
Mar 09, 2018
What to Do if Your Church Does Not Pay You Adequately – Rainer on Leadership #412
22:21
Pastors often face financial pressure because salaries depend on giving of the church. If giving drops, salaries can be in jeopardy. Today we look at what to do when that happens.
Mar 06, 2018
Seven Key Facility Issues Facing Churches Today – Rainer on Leadership #411
25:07
Churches across America are facing facility issues ranging from lighting and code requirements to having too much space. Tim Songster from Cosco & Associates (ChurchDesign.com) joins us to discuss how best to deal with these issues.
Mar 02, 2018
Five of the Most Common Questions Pastors Ask – Rainer on Leadership #410
21:36
There's a continual dialogue between pastors and our team at ThomRainer.com and Church Answers. Because of this, we hear from pastors on an ongoing basis.
Feb 27, 2018
Six of the Most Common Reasons for Church Staff Conflict – Rainer on Leadership #409
21:40
Conflict is inevitable in the workplace. But there are things you can avoid that can help limit the conflict. Today, we cover six causes of conflict and how to overcome them.
Feb 23, 2018
How to Avoid Echo Chamber Leadership – Rainer on Leadership #408
21:10
Echo chambers can be disastrous for leaders. Today we discuss ways you can protect yourself from leading in an echo chamber.
Feb 20, 2018
12 Warning Signs of Potentially Bad Church Hires – Rainer on Leadership #407
21:10
Hiring in the church can be tricky at times. Today, we expound on a post by Chuck Lawless that looks at some warning signs to be on the lookout for when hiring a minister or staff member at your church.
Feb 16, 2018
The Rise of Networks, Bivocational Pastors, and Other Listener Questions – Rainer on Leadership #406
21:33
Listener questions are always fun to answer. Today we cover a wide-ranging group of topics and answer several pressing questions from listeners.
Feb 13, 2018
Five Reasons Pastors and Worship Leaders Should Meet Weekly – Rainer on Leadership #405
19:55
The relationship between pastor and worship leader is one of the most important church staff relationships there is.
Feb 09, 2018
Seven Keys to Growing as a Pastor – Rainer on Leadership #404
22:09
I love that the pastors we routinely interact with are always looking to improve. Today, we examine seven areas to focus on as a pastor that will help you serve your church better.
Feb 06, 2018
Overcoming Mission Drift in Your Church – Rainer on Leadership #403
23:42
An inward focus often leads to an unhealthy church. Unhealthy churches drift from their mission. Today, we discuss how to combat mission drift.
Feb 02, 2018
Eight Reasons Denominations Are Struggling – Rainer on Leadership #402
23:29
We turn our attention to denominations today and examine eight reasons many of them are struggling. 
Jan 30, 2018
How to Overcome Barriers to the Simple Church Model – Rainer on Leadership #401
21:14
Complexity cripples too many churches. They want to simplify, but don't know where to start. Today, we identify barriers to simplifying your church.
Jan 26, 2018
Four Keys to a Successful Church Year in 2018 – Rainer on Leadership #400
21:18
We celebrate our 400th episode by discussing four keys for how churches can be successful in their ministry this year.
Jan 23, 2018
Should You Count Online Viewers as Worship Attendees? – Rainer on Leadership #399
23:51
After the discussion surrounding a blog post earlier this week, we look at the pertinent question surrounding the topic of the internet church: should you count them in your weekly worship number?
Jan 19, 2018
Virtual Culture and the Church – Rainer on Leadership #398
26:09
Bryan Miles returns to the podcast to discuss how the virtual work environment is affecting churches and how churches can benefit from virtual workers.
Jan 16, 2018
Does Your Church Need a Church Consultation? – Rainer on Leadership #397
21:43
Church consultants can be very valuable and effective for churches if they are used well. Today we discuss when to get one, what to look for , ad what the outcome should be.
Jan 12, 2018
Creating a Zero-Based Church Schedule – Rainer on Leadership #396
22:47
Churches are busy. Some are too busy for their own good. So today, we discuss what a zero-based church schedule might look like and how to practice the exercise on your own.
Jan 09, 2018
Humor and the Church with @ChrchCurmudgeon – Rainer on Leadership #395
18:40
The Church Curmudgeon (David Paul Regier) joins us to talk about humor and worship in the church.
Jan 05, 2018
Why 2018 Is so Different Than 2008 in the Local Church – Rainer on Leadership #394
22:19
A lot has changed in our world over the past 10 years. Today, we highlight some major shifts in the church.
Jan 02, 2018
When to Leave a Church (and other listener questions) – Rainer on Leadership #393
22:18
Our final episode of 2017 features listener questions ranging from topics of dying churches to leaving churches to dealing with grief.
Dec 29, 2017
How to Handle a Church Staff Financial Crisis (and other listener questions) – Rainer on Leadership #392
21:22
Podcast Episode #392 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio As we close out 2017, we answer a few questions from listeners. Like many questions we receive, these have a great deal to do with the changing church landscape. Some highlights from today’s episode include: When it comes to church finances, you […]
Dec 26, 2017
Finding the Right Rhythm in Your Preaching Ministry – Rainer on Leadership #391
24:00
One of the most frequently asked questions I get deals with how to find time for sermon preparation. The key if finding a rhythm in your prep. Today we discuss how.
Dec 22, 2017
Ten Important Trends for Churches in 2018 – Rainer on Leadership #390
21:49
Every year, we take a look a the trends we expect to see in the new year. Today, we look at the trends for 2018.
Dec 19, 2017
Breaking Out of the Status Quo in Your Church – Rainer on Leadership #389
22:20
Whether a church is in decline, plateaued, or growing, sticking to the status quo can hurt the church. Church is often needed, and to lead change, you often have to break out of the status quo.
Dec 15, 2017
Why Leaders Stop Leading – Rainer on Leadership #388
23:59
Ever known a leader who didn't lead? They may have had the position to do so, but just didn't follow through with the action. Today, we discuss why.
Dec 12, 2017
10 Keys to Maximizing Your Church Facility – Rainer on Leadership #387
23:54
Tim Cool returns to the podcast today to discuss facility issues churches often face and how you can tackle them in 2018.
Dec 08, 2017
How Being Nice Can Lead to Bad Decisions – Rainer on Leadership #386
22:30
Decisions have to be made in the church. Unfortunately our desire to be nice and avoid hurting someone's feelings can often lead to either a bad decision or simply not making one that's needed.
Dec 05, 2017
Five Ways to Connect Your Church to Your Community – Rainer on Leadership #385
24:04
Dean Inserra joins us today to explain how City Church Tallahassee has used community events and organization to connect church members to the community. 
Dec 01, 2017
What Churches That Have Healthy Small Groups Are Doing – Rainer on Leadership #384
22:59
Groups are important to the vitality of a church. As we discuss today, groups are often the catalyst for healthy growth in a church.
Nov 28, 2017
Seven Ways Mentoring Can Transform Your Church – Rainer on Leadership #383
23:28
We often think of mentoring as passing on life skills. While that's true, in the church it can be used to pass on spiritual disciplines as well.
Nov 24, 2017
Five Problems with Conventional Wisdom – Rainer on Leadership #382
22:52
Rarely do people push back against conventional wisdom. But as we share today, maybe they should.
Nov 21, 2017
Five Problems Caused by Short Pastoral Tenure – Rainer on Leadership #381
22:05
While some circumstances do call for quick pastoral turnover, it’s hard not to wonder if some churches fire their pastor (or the pastor bails) too quickly.
Nov 17, 2017
Eight Keys for Church Christmas Services – Rainer on Leadership #380
21:58
Ready or not, Christmas is coming. That means churches are planning events, socials, and special services.
Nov 14, 2017
The Beth Moore Story – Rainer on Leadership #379
34:38
Renowned Bible teacher Beth Moore joins us to tell her story on a special episode of Rainer on Leadership.
Nov 10, 2017
Why Leaders Get Cold Feet – Rainer on Leadership #378
21:57
Cold feet often plagues pastors and their decision making. Today we discuss reasons for this cold feet syndrome and how to battle it.
Nov 07, 2017
How Church Leaders Can Fight Discouragement – Rainer on Leadership #377
22:05
Pastors often deal with discouragement on a weekly—or even daily—basis. Today we discuss how to fight ten sources of pastoral discouragement.
Nov 03, 2017
Seven Ways Busyness Can Harm a Church – Rainer on Leadership #376
22:43
Churches like to be busy. Unfortunately busyness can hurt a church's effectiveness. Today we discuss this problem and how to deal with it. 
Oct 31, 2017
Four Stupid Things Pastors Do That Ruin Their Ministry – Rainer on Leadership #375
22:23
Pastors and church staff do a lot of great things. Unfortunately, they sometimes do some stupid things too.
Oct 27, 2017
The Importance of Guest Connections – Rainer on Leadership #374
25:02
Will Mancini joins us to discuss how churches can better connect with guests and mistakes they make that hurt those connections.
Oct 24, 2017
Four Communications Problems Churches Face and How to Solve Them – Rainer on Leadership #373
24:14
Darrel Girardier joins us to discuss how bet to operate your church's communications efforts for both online and in print.
Oct 20, 2017
Ten Unrealistic Expectations Placed on Ministry Spouses – Rainer on Leadership #372
24:52
We routinely hear from pastors' wives and ministry spouses. Their feedback is often heartbreaking. Today, we expound on their frustrations.
Oct 17, 2017
Six Ways to Lose Church Volunteers – Rainer on Leadership #371
21:32
Volunteers are important for churches. And it's even more important to keep them. Today, we discuss six ways churches often lose volunteers.
Oct 13, 2017
Five Small Shifts That That Will Transform Your Ministry – Rainer on Leadership #370
27:33
Daniel Im joins us to discuss his new book, No Silver Bullets, and five shifts you can make that will radically your ministry.
Oct 10, 2017
Three Important Financial Realities Facing Churches Today – Rainer on Leadership #369
22:47
LifeWay research recently released a study of financial issues in the church. Today, we discuss these three issues and ways churches can better prepare themselves financially.
Oct 06, 2017
Seven Characteristics of Proactive Pastors – Rainer on Leadership #368
23:47
Reactivity can hurt a pastor's ministry, but so many pastors are more reactive than proactive. Today, we examine seven traits of a proactive pastor.
Oct 03, 2017
10 Critical Pieces of Pastoral Advice – Rainer on Leadership #367
22:14
Pastors often come seeking advice. Today, we cover ten of the most frequent requests we get.
Sep 29, 2017
5 Simple Ways to Improve as a Church Leader – Rainer on Leadership #366
23:34
Growing as a leader is important to grow in ministry. Today, we discuss a post by Sam Rainer on the five ways you can grow as a leader in the church.
Sep 26, 2017
Why Every Leader Should Consider Having a Coach – Rainer on Leadership #365
25:28
Leaders in the church often struggle on their own. They are at their most effective when they have someone coaching them and pushing them to realize their full potential.
Sep 22, 2017
10 Mistakes Churches Make in Evaluating Pastors – Rainer on Leadership #364
21:55
Pastors and church staff are often evaluated poorly. This often stems from a lack of clarity as to what the job actually entails.
Sep 19, 2017
Seven Symptoms of Leaders Who Don’t Finish Well – Rainer on Leadership #363
21:45
Leaders often struggle to let go and move on. And it's often for one of these seven reasons.
Sep 15, 2017
Six Reasons Not to Quit – Rainer on Leadership #362
24:44
Mondays are ofter quite difficult for those in ministry. It's the day many want to throw in the towel. Today, we explain six reasons why you shouldn't quit.
Sep 12, 2017
5 Compelling Reasons To Start a New Church or Campus – Rainer on Leadership #361
21:20
New campuses and new church plants often create an energy established churches and campuses do not. But how much of a difference does it make?
Sep 08, 2017
10 Reasons Church Revitalizations Often Fail – Rainer on Leadership #360
22:17
Church revitalization, like several other things in the church, is not easy. There are no magic bullets, and because it's hard, church revitalization often fails.
Sep 05, 2017
Seven Reasons Church Acquisitions Are Critical for the Future – Rainer on Leadership #359
21:55
Churches are dying all over the country. However, their legacy of ministry can live on if the right decisions are made by the leadership.
Sep 01, 2017
Five Evangelism Realities We Must Face – Rainer on Leadership #358
21:09
How much growth in growing churches is due to evangelism? Not as much as you would hope. We discuss effective evangelistic churches and more on this week's episode.
Aug 29, 2017
Five Surprising Insights about Growing Churches – Rainer on Leadership #357
20:42
We continue our focus on evangelism and churches by revealing five surprising insights that were found in the research on effective evangelistic churches.
Aug 25, 2017
10 Keys to Creating Passionate Volunteers – Rainer on Leadership #356
22:39
Ministries run on the backs of volunteers. Here are ten ways you can invest in your volunteers to create passionate servants in your ministry.
Aug 22, 2017
Four Paths for Church Revitalization – Rainer on Leadership #355
22:59
Revitalization is needed in nearly two thirds of churches in America. Today we discuss four paths for revitalization and the challenges of each.
Aug 18, 2017
Growing Churches, Evangelism Renewal, and You – Rainer on Leadership #354
21:53
Statistics of doom and gloom for churches are all the rage—especially for those who specialize in helping churches. But are they correct? Not always. 
Aug 15, 2017
Seven Thoughts That Will Ruin a Leader – Rainer on Leadership #353
21:50
The mind of a leader is important to his or her success. Today, we discuss seven thoughts that can derail your leadership decisions.
Aug 11, 2017
Five Leadership Roadblocks Effective Leaders Overcome – Rainer on Leadership #352
21:48
Leaders often face decision making roadblocks that affect the health of their church or organization. Today we discuss how to overcome these roadblocks.
Aug 08, 2017
Five Really Bad Reasons for Entering the Ministry – Rainer on Leadership #351
21:15
Vocational ministry is not the cake walk many make it out to be. And sometimes men or women enter ministry for the wrong reasons.
Aug 04, 2017
How to Leave a Legacy as a Leader – Rainer on Leadership #350
22:29
Leaders should desire to leave their church or organization better than when they arrived. Today, we tackle eight characteristics of leaders who leave a legacy that lasts.
Aug 01, 2017
Keeping an Inner City Church in the Inner City – Rainer on Leadership #349
21:29
Dwayne Pickett, pastor of a large megachurch in Jackson, MS, joins us to discuss his new book and how inner city ministry isn't really that different than ministry in other contexts.
Jul 28, 2017
Seven Personalities of Sick Churches – Rainer on Leadership #348
22:19
In churches who are dying, you often hear statements like the ones we cover today. Today we explain how to identify the personalities of sick churches.
Jul 25, 2017
Six Evangelism Killers in a Church – Rainer on Leadership #347
22:15
We have discussed evangelism a lot over the past few weeks and even launched a new site focused on it at EvangelismRenewal.com.
Jul 21, 2017
What to Do When You Work for a Bad Leader – Rainer on Leadership #346
23:34
It can be frustrating to work for a bad leader. But does that mean you have to leave immediately or attempt a coup? Not at all.
Jul 18, 2017
10 Most Frequent Questions Pastors Have – Rainer on Leadership #345
22:47
We get questions every day from several venues—blog comments, emails, tweets, and so many more. Here are the top 10 that we get the most and how to answer them.
Jul 14, 2017
How to Improve Your Preaching or Teaching – Rainer on Leadership #344
23:07
Improving your preaching and teaching doesn't happen accidentally. It takes intentionality and work. And today we cover 15 ways you can improve your preaching or teaching.
Jul 11, 2017
How Stability Can Hurt a Church – Rainer on Leadership #343
21:05
Stability is often a goal for churches. Unfortunately stable churches are often stagnant churches. So when we talk about stable churches today, it's in that context.
Jul 07, 2017
Why Church Members Attend Less Frequently — Rainer on Leadership #342
23:04
Regular church attendance has waned in recent years as the commitment level from members has dropped. Today, we address five major reasons for this drop in attendance.
Jul 04, 2017
13 Signs of Pastor Fatigue – Rainer on Leadership #341
24:43
There are signs of fatigue in any vocation. But if you ignore these, it might be more than just your job that is lost—you could lose your entire ministry.
Jun 30, 2017
She Reads Truth with Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams – Rainer on Leadership #340
24:15
Rachel and Amanda from She Reads Truth join us to discuss how they got started, what went into the production of one of the hottest Bibles on the market, and what's next for the She Reads Truth family.
Jun 27, 2017
Five Danger Signs in Churches – Rainer on Leadership #339
22:00
If any of these danger signs are present in your church, you need to take note. They can signal decline, dead theology, or even death of the church.
Jun 23, 2017
Five Big Problems for Small Churches, featuring Karl Vaters – Rainer on Leadership #338
24:35
Karl Vaters joins us to discuss issues found most often in small churches. However, these issues manifest themselves in any size church in any setting.
Jun 20, 2017
Eight Signs That Point to Probable Church Death – Rainer on Leadership #337
22:17
These eight signs are almost always evident in churches that are on their way to death. Does your church exhibit any of these?
Jun 16, 2017
Dealing with Private Distractions to Worship, featuring Mike Harland – Rainer on Leadership #336
24:12
Mike Harland is back to talk about those things which can become private distractions to our worship.
Jun 13, 2017
The Money Challenge featuring Art Rainer – Rainer on Leadership #335
25:51
Art Rainer joins us to talk about generosity and money matters related to his new book The Money Challenge.
Jun 09, 2017
Why So Many Churches Are Too Busy – Rainer on Leadership #334
23:31
Nearly every pastor I talk with says their church is just too busy. So why does this happen? Why do we let it become like this? Today, we tackle eight reasons.
Jun 06, 2017
How to Reverse a Negative Church Environment – Rainer on Leadership #333
23:02
Churches often find themselves in a rut or a case of the doldrums. Today, we cover five ways your church can snap out of a negative spiral.
Jun 02, 2017
The Pastor and Church Revitalization featuring Andrew Davis – Rainer on Leadership #332
22:50
Revitalization continues to be a topic of interest in churches, and today Andrew Davis, pastor of FBC Durham, NC, joins us to talk about his journey of revitalization and his discipline of Scripture memorization.
May 30, 2017
Top Seven Regrets Most Pastors Have – Rainer on Leadership #331
22:42
We cover seven regrets many pastors and church staff have and how to overcome them. And we also talk about Chuck E. Cheese.
May 26, 2017
10 Things Church Members Want from Their Pastor – Rainer on Leadership #330
21:06
Ever wondered what your church wants from its pastor? Today, we cover the top ten things church members desire in a pastor.
May 23, 2017
Dealing with Public Distractions to Worship, featuring Mike Harland – Rainer on Leadership #329
24:16
Distractions are a real part of worship services. Mike Harland joins us today to talk about how to eliminate—or at least minimize—distractions in your worship service.
May 19, 2017
The 10 Most Common Things a Church Consultant Will Tell Your Church – Rainer on Leadership #328
22:39
A post by Chuck Lawless serves as the basis for today's podcast. Dr. Lawless has been consulting with churches for nearly two decades and shared ten things he had learned from dozens of church consultations.
May 16, 2017
How Churches Can Break Growth Barriers, featuring Warren Bird — Rainer on Leadership #327
23:42
Warren Bird joins us today to talk about how your church can break growth barriers at any level.
May 12, 2017
Six Reasons Millennials Should Consider Pastoring Established Churches – Rainer on Leadership #326
22:26
Podcast Episode #326 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play Millennials are being called to established churches, so today we cover six reasons they should answer those calls. Thanks to Sam Rainer for the outline for today’s podcast. Some highlights from today’s episode include: Established churches are more likely to be more generationally diverse […]
May 09, 2017
When to Pull the Plug on a Ministry and Other Listener Questions – Rainer on Leadership #325
22:29
Listener feedback has been great recently, so we take some time to answer your questions on this week's episode. We cover everything from hiring to boring churches to problems with former staff.
May 05, 2017
What to Do When You Build too Big – Rainer on Leadership #324
22:06
Construction debt can be debilitating for churches, but there can be a way out. Today we discuss the unintended consequences of building too big and how to overcome them.
May 02, 2017
How to Make Your Ministry Résumé Stand Out – Rainer on Leadership #323
24:20
Ministry résumés are a frequent topic for questions. So on today's episode we discuss all the details that go into a good résumé.
Apr 28, 2017
Finding Unity in Worship Styles featuring Mike Harland – Rainer on Leadership #322
25:07
Mike Harland is back to talk worship and this time we discuss labels of music styles and if it's possible to have a congregation unified about worship styles.
Apr 25, 2017
Four Keys to Creating a Healthy Staff Culture featuring Bryan and Shannon Miles – Rainer on Leadership #321
23:54
Staff culture is important for healthy churches. Today, we talk with Bryan and Shannon Miles who lead the #1 staff culture in the U.S. according to Entrepreneur magazine.
Apr 21, 2017
The Need for Church Replanting featuring Mark Clifton – Rainer on Leadership #320
25:44
Church replanting is becoming more and more of a need as more and more churches face death. More than 4,000 churches a year die every year, but through replanting, they can live again.
Apr 18, 2017
Nine Changes Churches Must Make Or Die – Rainer on Leadership #319
20:46
A recent post on the urgency needed in many churches struck a nerve with many readers. Today, we unpack that post and talk about nine much needed changes for many churches.
Apr 14, 2017
Six Reasons for Increased Pastoral Tenure – Rainer on Leadership #318
22:39
Based on several research projects over the past two decades, it's safe to say pastoral tenure is increasing. Today we look at six reasons behind this increase.
Apr 11, 2017
The Importance of Church Facility Stewardship featuring Tim Cool – Rainer on Leadership #317
26:25
Nearly every church has a facility. But not every church stewards their facility well. Tim Cool joins us to discuss facility stewardship and how churches can save money on their facilities in the long run.
Apr 07, 2017
Pastoral Leadership, Prayer, and Church Health – Rainer on Leadership #316
22:28
I recently spoke at a church in central Arkansas. What I discovered was a prayer ministry entering its 15th year. Here are my takeaways from the experience.
Apr 04, 2017
Six Warning Signs That a Church Has a Problem with Entitlement Mentality – Rainer on Leadership #315
21:59
Entitlement is a real problem in many churches. So today, we discuss warning signs you might see in a church that has a problem with entitlement mentality.
Mar 31, 2017
Introducing the Christian Standard Bible with Trevin Wax – Rainer on Leadership #314
24:03
Released just this month, the Christian Standard Bible is optimal point for accuracy and readability. Trevin Wax joins us to shed light on this new translation and highlights some of its unique characteristics.
Mar 28, 2017
Eight Easter-Related Church Trends – Rainer on Leadership #313
24:17
Easter is only three weeks away, so today we cover a few trends we are seeing in churches as we lead up to Resurrection Sunday. Also, we talk pants splitting, camels falling, and sets burning.
Mar 24, 2017
12 Metrics for Church Assessment – Rainer on Leadership #312
24:21
Churches can measure so many things—giving, attendance, involvement and much more. But what should they measure?
Mar 21, 2017
Six Traits of Preacher Eater Churches – Rainer on Leadership #311
25:19
I hear far too often about the very real problem of preacher eating churches. We cover six traits that are found in these churches and how to remedy them.
Mar 17, 2017
Missions & Church Planting in North America, with Kevin Ezell – Rainer on Leadership #310
24:50
Kevin Ezell joins us to discuss trends in church planting, relief ministry, and missions in North America, as well as the Send North America Conference.
Mar 14, 2017
Ten Ways Pastors Can Be Great Bosses – Rainer on Leadership #309
23:00
Regardless of the size of the church, the pastor typically has to manage a staff. Today, we cover ten traits pastors should develop as they manage their staff.
Mar 10, 2017
Ten Ways Pastors Can Be Terrible Bosses – Rainer on Leadership #308
21:38
Regardless of the size of the church, the pastor typically has to manage a staff. They may be volunteers; they may be paid. So today, we cover ten traits pastors should avoid as they manage their staff.
Mar 07, 2017
Congregational Singing and the Pastor, Featuring Mark Dever – Rainer on Leadership #307
23:24
Mark Dever joins us on the podcast to talk congregational singing, politics, DC life, and ecclesiology.
Mar 03, 2017
Congregational Singing with Keith & Kristyn Getty – Rainer on Leadership #306
24:15
Keith and Kristyn Getty stop by for a discussion on congregational singing and practical steps you can take in your church to help the congregation sing more.
Feb 28, 2017
10 Questions to Diagnose the Evangelistic Health of Your Church – Rainer on Leadership #305
24:47
Evangelism in the church is waning, so today we cover ten questions you can use to determine the evangelistic health of your church.
Feb 24, 2017
The Disappearance of the 11:00 AM Sunday Service – Rainer on Leadership #304
21:23
Today, we give a little more explanation as to the reasons the 11:00 AM worship service is disappearing and offer tips on changing your service time if needed.
Feb 21, 2017
Four Essentials for Ministering to Men — Rainer on Leadership #303
21:07
Men's ministry is lacking in many churches, so today we cover the four essentials churches should consider when launching or sustaining a men's ministry.
Feb 17, 2017
How to Respond When You’re Forced Out of a Church – Rainer on Leadership #302
22:54
Unfortunately, pastors and staff members are forced out of churches every week. It's a pain that many in the ministry have felt at least once and maybe more.
Feb 14, 2017
How to Respond When a Staff Member Has an Affair – Rainer on Leadership #301
21:37
Extramarital affairs by pastors and staff are a reality and when it happens, churches need to be prepared.
Feb 10, 2017
What to Include in a Visitor Welcome Packet and Other Listener Questions – Rainer on Leadership #300
23:37
We celebrate episode 300 with cupcakes and listener questions. We cover everything from welcome packets to marketplace pastors to Bible Belt churches to refusing members or money.
Feb 07, 2017
Leading Change in an Established Church, featuring Jimmy Scroggins – Rainer on Leadership #299
25:36
Jimmy Scroggins joins us again and leads us through the major changes he had to make at Family Church as well as what he learned in the process.
Feb 03, 2017
Why Greeters Are Important in Getting Guests to Return – Rainer on Leadership #298
Greeters are important to the first impression your church makes with guests. Today, we talk about where greeters should be, what they should do, and how to train them.
Jan 31, 2017
Seven Questions to Ask When You’re Not Hired Near Unanimously – Rainer on Leadership #297
23:50
Unanimous votes are rare when pastors are hired. But what if the vote isn't even close to unanimous?
Jan 27, 2017
Why Smaller Churches Are Going Multisite – Rainer on Leadership #296
22:37
Multisite used to be something only large churches tried. Now, smaller churches are getting in on the strategy. Today we discuss why this is a good thing for smaller churches to consider.
Jan 24, 2017
Six Statements That Could Kill a Church – Rainer on Leadership #295
22:03
When you hear these statements often as a pastor, you should be concerned. These statements are often lead indicators of church death.
Jan 20, 2017
Marketplace Bivocational Ministry, featuring Jimmy Scroggins – Rainer on Leadership #294
23:16
Jimmy Scroggins returns to talk bivocational marketplace ministry and church-based ministry training.
Jan 17, 2017
How to Adjust When Church Giving Decreases – Rainer on Leadership #293
21:30
Last week we discussed how to respond when church giving increases. Today, we look at the other side of the coin—decreased giving.
Jan 13, 2017
How to Renew Evangelistic Growth in Your Church – Rainer on Leadership #292
23:02
In my trends for 2017, I mentioned an increased intentionality on evangelism in the church. Today, we look at five keys to evangelistic growth in your church.
Jan 10, 2017
How to Adjust When Church Giving Increases – Rainer on Leadership #291
20:09
Today's episode may be a dream for many church leaders. But often, more money for churches can lead to more problems for churches if not handled well.
Jan 06, 2017
10 Major Trends for Churches in 2017 – Rainer on Leadership #290
24:03
At the beginning of each year, we predict trends to look for in the church during the coming year. Today we explain why I chose these ten trends for 2017.
Jan 03, 2017
2016: A Look Back at Church Trends – Rainer on Leadership #289
24:34
We look back at our trend predictions for 2016 and see how we fared.
Dec 30, 2016
How to Kill an Ineffective Program or Ministry – Rainer on Leadership #288
22:45
Churches often find themselves with ministries that no longer fit their needs or the needs of those in the community. But pastors often struggle to eliminate them.
Dec 23, 2016
Multi-Site Church for the Rest of Us, featuring Jimmy Scroggins – Rainer on Leadership #287
24:23
Jimmy Scroggins joins us to tell the story of Family Church in West Palm Beach, FL, and how they have moved to a model of neighborhood churches.
Dec 20, 2016
The Painful Reality of Church Bully Cartels – Rainer on Leadership #286
Church bully cartels are a very real problem in too many churches. Today we look at cartels and how to confront them when they are present in your church.
Dec 16, 2016
Six Surprising Insights Regarding Church Budgets and Salaries – Rainer on Leadership #285
22:54
Today we examine six trends in church budgeting and salaries that affect churches of any size or denomination.
Dec 13, 2016
Invite Your One featuring Jeremy Roberts – Rainer on Leadership #284
26:55
Invite Your One is an intentional high-attendance Sunday on which your church members are encouraged to invite others to church.
Dec 09, 2016
Worship and the Next Generation featuring Mark Hall – Rainer on Leadership #283
23:46
Mark Hall, founder of Casting Crowns, joins us to discuss worship, student ministry, and how he and Casting Crowns are rooted in their local church.
Dec 06, 2016
The Relationship Between a Pastor and Worship Leader featuring Jim Shaddix – Rainer on Leadership #282
28:46
Jim Shaddix joins us to discuss what a healthy relationship between the pastor and worship leader looks like in the local church.
Dec 02, 2016
The Intersection of Theology and Worship featuring Louie Giglio – Rainer on Leadership #281
26:43
Louie Giglio joins us to discuss the wedding of worship and theology and how the Passion movement has made that a cornerstone of its existence for the past two decades.
Nov 29, 2016
Four Qualities of an Effective Worship Leader – Rainer on Leadership #280
24:05
Mike Harland joins us to kick off a four-part series on worship in the church by examining the four essential qualities of a worship leader.
Nov 25, 2016
8 Causes of Concern for Bible Belt Churches – Rainer on Leadership #279
23:30
When I look at what is happening in the Bible Belt, there are causes for concern as well as opportunities for growth.
Nov 22, 2016
5 Ways to Stop Decline in a Church – Rainer on Leadership #278
21:47
With 70-80% of churches in decline, many are looking for ways to reverse the trend. These five questions will help you address the issue of decline in your church.
Nov 18, 2016
12 Ways to Handle Staff Conflict – Rainer on Leadership #277
25:06
Healthy churches have healthy church staffs, but unresolved staff conflict can harm a church staff and keep a church from realizing her full potential.
Nov 15, 2016
8 Signs of a Financially Dying Church – Rainer on Leadership #276
25:55
Church financial issues can sometimes precipitate church death. So today we cover a post by Art Rainer on the warning signs of a financially dying church.
Nov 11, 2016
10 Keys to Reaching Unchurched People at Christmas – Rainer on Leadership #275
22:42
Christmas is right around the corner for churches, so today we discuss 10 ways your church can better reach those in your community this Christmas.
Nov 08, 2016
How to Handle Bad Church Guest Experiences – Rainer on Leadership #274
24:04
Drawing from a recent post on bad church guest experiences, we discuss how churches can respond to or avoid some of these issues.
Nov 04, 2016
Why Churches Move from Growth to Maintenance – Rainer on Leadership #273
22:51
Maintenance mode can take over in any church regardless of its age or its size. Today, we discuss how to combat it and how to stay focused on the mission.
Nov 01, 2016
Church Compensation Trends featuring William Vanderbloemen – Rainer on Leadership #272
24:16
Church compensation is always a hot topic of discussion, so on a recent trip through Nashville, William Vanderbloemen stopped in to discuss some new research and what he's seeing right now in church search.
Oct 28, 2016
Four Commitments Every Church Member Must Make – Rainer on Leadership #271
Zechariah 4 serves as the textual basis for today's discussion on being a biblical church member.
Oct 25, 2016
Multi-Level Marketing in the Church and Other Listener Questions – Rainer on Leadership #270
20:49
We cover listener questions on a host of topics including multi-level marketing in the church—something we've never really discussed on the podcast or blog.
Oct 21, 2016
Pastors and Writing with Jared C. Wilson – Rainer on Leadership #269
25:53
Jared Wilson joins us today to talk about how writing informs blogging and vice versa as well as what it's like to go from pastoring in one of the most-churched states in America to one of the least-churched.
Oct 18, 2016
Five Reasons to Have Multiple Styles of Worship – Rainer on Leadership #268
We conclude our two-part series on multiple styles of worship in today's episode.
Oct 14, 2016
Seven Reasons Not to Have Multiple Styles of Worship – Rainer on Leadership #267
26:25
In this first part of a two-part series on worship styles, we look at why you shouldn't have multiple styles of worship at your church.
Oct 11, 2016
Cultural Crisis and the Church, featuring Dr. Albert Mohler – Rainer on Leadership #266
21:52
Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., joins us to talk about cultural issues in the church and how pastors can best minister in our changing cultural landscape.
Oct 07, 2016
Why Churches Really Aren’t Friendly to Guests – Rainer on Leadership #265
21:08
Its rare to find a church who doesn't think they are friendly. But don't be fooled, not all churches are friendly. They just think they are.
Oct 04, 2016
Four Reasons People Are Dropping Out of Church – Rainer on Leadership #264
21:05
Discipleship is critical to many aspects of the church, but today we discuss the link between the lack of discipleship and dropping out of church. It's a much closer link that you might think.
Sep 30, 2016
Why Pastors Shouldn’t be the Only Ones Visiting Members – Rainer on Leadership #263
22:16
This recent post at ThomRainer.com sparked an intense debate on the subject of pastors and visitation.
Sep 27, 2016
Discerning Your Call to Ministry, Featuring Dr. Jason Allen – Rainer on Leadership #262
22:10
I'm often asked for advice on discerning a call to ministry. Dr. Jason Allen joins us to flesh out this call and discuss his new book on the topic.
Sep 23, 2016
Worship Leading Relationship between the Pastor and Music Leader – Rainer on Leadership #261
23:15
The relationship between the music leader and a pastor is one of the most important relationships in the church. In this episode Mike Harland explains why.
Sep 20, 2016
Nine Virtual Realities for Churches – Rainer on Leadership #260
21:34
Virtual outsourcing can be a real advantage for churches when used appropriately. We cover nine areas that can save churches time and money in this episode.
Sep 16, 2016
Four Models of Dying Churches – Rainer on Leadership #259
23:03
Dying churches is a frequent topic on the blog. Today, we discuss four specific models of churches that can be considered on a path to death.
Sep 13, 2016
Why You Should Consider Not Requiring Office Hours for Ministerial Staff – Rainer on Leadership #258
19:58
Reflecting on a post by Sam Rainer, we discuss the parameters of when office hours are needed—and not needed—for church staff.
Sep 09, 2016
Tools of the Trade for Pastors and Staff – Rainer on Leadership #257
23:35
Other than salary and benefits, these ministry tools of the trade can be some of the most helpful for pastors and church staff.
Sep 06, 2016
Why Church Members Choose One Worship Service Over Another – Rainer on Leadership #256
21:36
As multiple worship services become more normative, the reasons people choose one worship service over another are not quite as simple as worship style.
Sep 02, 2016
Keys to a Multi-Generational Worship Ministry – Rainer on Leadership #255
23:17
Mike Harland joins us again to discuss worship in the church and how multiple styles can segregate generations within a local community of faith.
Aug 30, 2016
Eight Traits of Church Bullies – Rainer on Leadership #254
23:04
Church bullies are a problem in many churches. Here are eight ways to spot them in your church.
Aug 26, 2016
8 Mistakes to Avoid as a Young Pastor – Rainer on Leadership #253
22:36
Experience takes time and doesn't come without mistakes. Today we discuss a recent post on rookie pastors and the mistakes they make and how to avoid them.
Aug 23, 2016
What Healthy Churches Will Look Like in 10 Years – Rainer on Leadership #252
21:51
Healthy churches of tomorrow will likely reflect these characteristics.
Aug 19, 2016
The Insanity of God featuring Nik and Ruth Ripken – Rainer on Leadership #251
26:58
Nik and Ruth Ripken join us to discuss The Insanity of God and their story of God's faithfulness.
Aug 16, 2016
Hospitality, Weddings, Millennials, and Other Listener Questions – Rainer on Leadership #250
26:02
Our mailbag is overflowing, so we answer a few listener questions about topics related church leadership.
Aug 12, 2016
Eight Time Saving Solutions for Pastors – Rainer on Leadership #249
21:17
Time wasting can be a problem regardless of what line of work you're in. Today we examine time wasters and how they can lessen your ministry effectiveness.
Aug 09, 2016
What Does a Community-focused Church Look Like? – Rainer on Leadership #248
23:10
Community-focused churches often have these nine traits. Also in this episode, we talk about civic organizations and call an elk.
Aug 05, 2016
How Pastors Feel When Church Members Leave – Rainer on Leadership #247
23:46
Pastors go through several emotions when church members leave. Today, we cover five reasons why.
Aug 02, 2016
A Podcasting ‘How-to’ with Carey Nieuwhof – Rainer on Leadership #246
26:49
Carey Nieuwhof joins us once more to talk about the nuts and bolts of podcasting for pastors and church leaders.
Jul 29, 2016
Pastors and Podcasting, featuring Carey Nieuwhof – Rainer on Leadership #245
27:09
Carey Nieuwhof drops by to talk podcasting for pastors and church leaders.
Jul 26, 2016
The Ongoing Saga of Staff Conflict – Rainer on Leadership #244
22:58
Staff conflict creates division in churches and leads to an unhealthy church. It's something to deal with head on with wisdom and grace.
Jul 22, 2016
5 Keys to Making the Most of a Conference – Rainer on Leadership #243
23:26
Make the most out of your next ministry conference with these five tips from Thom Rainer and Jonathan Howe.
Jul 19, 2016
Eight Key Issues for Pastors Regarding Funerals – Rainer on Leadership #242
20:37
Discussions on pastors and funerals as well as what to watch for, what to have prepared, and what to avoid.
Jul 15, 2016
Worship as Discipleship, featuring Mike Harland – Rainer on Leadership #241
25:10
Mike Harland returns to the podcast to discuss worship as discipleship.
Jul 12, 2016
Nine Key Issues for Pastors Regarding Weddings – Rainer on Leadership #240
24:11
Discussions on pastors and weddings as well as what to watch for, what to have prepared, and what to avoid.
Jul 08, 2016
Change or Die…The Five Types of Dying Churches – Rainer on Leadership #239
23:28
On today's podcast, we cover a recent blogpost on warning signs for dying churches.
Jul 05, 2016
What Defines a Generous Church? – Rainer on Leadership #238
20:04
On today's episode, we discuss the characteristics of generous churches and how to tell if your church is a generous one or not.
Jul 01, 2016
Top Trends and Biggest Mistakes in Pastor Searches, featuring William Vanderbloemen – Rainer on Leadership #237
27:37
William Vanderbloemen joins us to talk about the top trends and biggest mistakes he and his company are seeing in pastor searches.
Jun 28, 2016
Nine Ways to Make a Terrible First Impression – Rainer on Leadership #236
24:11
On today's episode, we discuss an article by Art Rainer on how to make a poor first impression and apply it to churches.
Jun 24, 2016
The Challenges of Following a Long-term Pastor – Rainer on Leadership #235
20:51
On today's podcast, we discuss the challenges that are related to following a long-term pastor.
Jun 21, 2016
How Pastors Should Respond to the Gender Neutral Bathroom Controversy – Rainer on Leadership #234
21:13
On today's episode, we discuss issues related to the recent transgender bathroom controversy.
Jun 17, 2016
Doubtful Issues and Church Worship Preferences – Rainer on Leadership #233
23:40
On today's podcast, we welcome back Mike Harland to discuss church music preferences and arguing over doubtful issues (Romans 14).
Jun 14, 2016
What Community Demographics Should a Pastor Know? – Rainer on Leadership #232
21:18
On today's episode, we cover seven demographics for pastors and church leaders to know about their community.
Jun 10, 2016
Seven Shifts in Church Outreach – Rainer on Leadership #231
23:32
On today's podcast, we discuss a recent post on church outreach and how it has changed over the past few decades.
Jun 07, 2016
Five Reasons for Failure when Leading Change – Rainer on Leadership #230
25:21
On today's episode, we cover five areas where change often fails and discuss everything related to the new book, Who Moved my Pulpit?
Jun 03, 2016
Why Relational Skills Are Critical to Leadership Success – Rainer on Leadership #229
19:54
On today's podcast, we discuss a recent post on relational IQ and leadership and the importance of relational skills to effectiveness in ministry.
May 31, 2016
How Can a Pastor Reverse Negative Sentiments in a Church? – Rainer on Leadership #228
22:04
On today's episode, we discuss a few causes of negativity in the church and how pastors can help deal with negativity and even stop it from happening on the front end.
May 27, 2016
Current Update on Why Pastors Are Quitting – Rainer on Leadership #227
21:26
On today's podcast, we update listeners on 10 current reasons that pastors are leaving the ministry.
May 24, 2016
The Disappearance of Choirs – Rainer on Leadership #226
23:56
On today's episode, we welcome Mike Harland back to the podcast to discuss a trend we've noted before—the disappearance of choirs in the church.
May 20, 2016
Six Things You Inherit as a New Pastor – Rainer on Leadership #225
23:15
On today's podcast, we discuss a post by Sam Rainer on what you inherit when you become a pastor at a new church.
May 17, 2016
Six Areas Where Millennial Pastors Are Asking for Help – Rainer on Leadership #224
23:02
We hear from pastors of all ages, but Millennial pastors seem to be dealing more with these six common issues that any others.
May 13, 2016
How to Respond to Cringeworthy Statements – Rainer on Leadership #223
22:48
On today's podcast, we discuss a recent post on ten statements pastors ofter hear which make them cringe.
May 10, 2016
Six Church Practices That Are Fading – Rainer on Leadership #222
22:06
On today's episode, we provide a descriptive look at six church practices that are fading in many North American churches.
May 06, 2016
What Is the Best Time for a Worship Service? – Rainer on Leadership #221
22:05
On today's podcast, we discuss the origins of Sunday morning worship service times as well as the most common times and some not-so-common worship times.
May 03, 2016
Why Church Announcements Cause Problems – Rainer on Leadership #220
23:49
On today's episode, we discuss a recent post on why announcements can cause so many problems in local churches.
Apr 29, 2016
Seven Church Facility Trends – Rainer on Leadership #219
22:15
From the shift to smaller gathering spaces to what types of spaces are being built, facility trends are changing where and how local churches gather.
Apr 26, 2016
Church Outreach: What Has Worked and What Hasn’t – Rainer on Leadership #218
22:41
On today's episode, we recap a recent post on the outreach methods churches used to promote their Easter services.
Apr 22, 2016
Seven Reasons for Optimism in American Churches – Rainer on Leadership #217
21:53
On today's podcast we discuss why we are optimistic about the state of the church in North America. The sky is not falling, and here are seven particular reasons why that is the case.
Apr 19, 2016
How Do I Know if My Church Is Evangelistically Effective? – Rainer on Leadership #216
22:53
On today's episode, we lament the decline of evangelism in many local churches and discuss ways to assess whether or not your church is effective when it comes to evangelism.
Apr 15, 2016
Why Congregational Singing Is Waning – Rainer on Leadership #215
24:02
On today's podcast Mike Harland joins us to discuss four main reasons that congregational singing is waining as well as three ways you can reverse this trend in your church.
Apr 12, 2016
Pastors, Politics, and Social Media – Rainer on Leadership #214
23:26
On today's episode, we discuss a recent post on pastors and social media. Too often, unnecessary problems are caused because of what's posted to social media.
Apr 08, 2016
Online Giving featuring Rich Birch – Rainer on Leadership #213
23:09
Today we welcome Rich Birch to the podcast to discuss online giving and how smaller churches can use this tool.
Apr 05, 2016
Nine Ways Gossip Destroys a Church – Rainer on Leadership #212
21:23
On today's episode, we discuss a post from Chuck Lawless on gossip in the church and four ways to combat it in the church.
Apr 01, 2016
12 Keys to Making Time When You Have None – Rainer on Leadership #211
24:50
On today's podcast we discuss a topic we get questions on quite often: time management. The biggest key to time management is having a calendar and sticking with it, but in ministry, that can be difficult.
Mar 29, 2016
Why Churches Struggle with Follow-Up – Rainer on Leadership #210
25:12
On today's episode, we discuss a recent post on guest follow-up and offer some tips on how to improve it in your church.
Mar 25, 2016
High Attendance Days and How Best to Use Them – Rainer on Leadership #209
21:43
On today's podcast we discuss a recent post on the four highest worship attendance days of the year. We also discuss the best ways to use these to your advantage as a church with intentional follow-up and strategic planning.
Mar 22, 2016
How Churches Can Most Effectively Use Facebook and Twitter – Rainer on Leadership #208
27:15
On today's episode, we cover a pair of recent posts on how your church can effectively use Facebook and Twitter.
Mar 18, 2016
Fixing the “Too Empty or ‘Too Full’ Problem in a Church – Rainer on Leadership #207
21:39
On today's podcast we discuss the issues surrounding a church feeling too empty or too full and how to combat those issues.
Mar 15, 2016
7 Concerns About Benefits of Pastors and Church Staff – Rainer on Leadership #206
21:35
On today's episode, we discuss a recent post on pastor and staff benefits. These points come from Richard Hammar's 2016-2017 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff.
Mar 11, 2016
Using Your Church’s Facilities More Effectively Throughout the Week – Rainer on Leadership #205
21:58
On today's episode, we cover how churches can better steward their facilities and how to deal with opposition to facility usage.
Mar 08, 2016
10 Common Frustrations of Pastors – Rainer on Leadership #204
25:41
On today's episode, we discuss a recent post on frustrations that pastors often face and how to overcome many of them.
Mar 04, 2016
Communicating in Conflict, Staff Reviews, and Other Listener Questions – Rainer on Leadership #203
21:09
On today's episode, we take questions from listeners on a wide range of topics from communicating in conflict and staff reviews, to spiritual gifts and missionary support.
Mar 01, 2016
9 Steps to Small Group Multiplication – Rainer on Leadership #202
22:49
On today's episode, we answer the single most asked question we get: how can we grow groups in our church? Groups are vital to the evangelistic outreach and internal discipleship of a church.
Feb 26, 2016
Missions Mistakes and Misconceptions – Rainer on Leadership #201
20:07
On today's episode, we discuss missions and how churches should be involved both local and globally.
Feb 23, 2016
10 Fascinating Facts Regarding Pastor and Church Staff Compensation – Rainer on Leadership #200
24:17
On today's episode, we discuss a recent post on pastor and church staff compensation based on data from the 2016-2017 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff.
Feb 19, 2016
What Should a Guest Preacher Be Paid – Rainer on Leadership #199
22:20
On today's episode, we discuss the etiquette and principles related to hosting a guest preacher or speaker at a church.
Feb 16, 2016
A Unique Approach to Casting Church Vision – Rainer on Leadership #198
24:39
On today's episode, Will Mancini joins us to discuss his latest book, God Dreams, and talk about how church leaders can effectively cast vision.
Feb 12, 2016
Eight Easter Sunday Planning Tips for Churches – Rainer on Leadership #197
20:43
On today's episode, we cover eight simple tips your church can use to prepare for Easter in an effort to get more people to your worship service so that they may hear the message of the gospel through clearly communicated through the resurrection story.
Feb 09, 2016
The Six Most Common Ways Ministry Spouses Get Hurt – Rainer on Leadership #196
20:24
On today's episode, we discuss a recent blogpost that focused on the hurt ministry spouses often experience.
Feb 05, 2016
Nine Ways Churches Waste Money – Rainer on Leadership #195
22:05
On today's episode, we discuss nine specific ways churches might be wasting money.
Feb 02, 2016
Why Church Leaders Need a Mentor — Rainer on Leadership #194
22:39
On today's episode, we explain why mentoring is so important for your continued growth as a pastor or church leader.
Jan 29, 2016
The New Marketplace Pastor – Rainer on Leadership #193
22:10
Many pastors are choosing to continue to serve in secular vocations even when a church can afford to pay them for full-time work.
Jan 26, 2016
Six Warning Signs of Church Dropouts – Rainer on Leadership #192
22:52
On today's episode, we cover six early indicators that someone might be on the verge of dropping out. These reasons are common in any size church, but many are reversible with the implementation of a monitoring system.
Jan 22, 2016
How Churches Can Pray More Effectively – Rainer on Leadership #191
25:28
On today's episode, we cover seven points regarding prayer in the local church including how best to incorporate prayer into worship services, how to pray, and the use of catalytic prayer events.
Jan 19, 2016
How to Grow Discipleship in Your Church, featuring Robby Gallaty – Rainer on Leadership #190
24:02
On today's episode, pastor and author Robby Gallaty joins us to talk discipleship in the local church. Robby has several resources available to believers and churches to help with making disciples who make disciples.
Jan 15, 2016
Seven Worship Trends to Watch – Rainer on Leadership #189
22:02
On today’s episode, we cover seven worship service trends to watch for in the future. These are taken from the recent megachurch report from Leadership Network.
Jan 12, 2016
Trends to Watch for in 2016 (part two) – Rainer on Leadership #188
23:04
On today's episode, we examine the second half of my 16 trends to watch for in 2016. We covered the first half of the trends in podcast #187.
Jan 08, 2016
Trends to Watch for in 2016 (part one) – Rainer on Leadership #187
20:24
On today's episode, we examine the first half of my 16 trends to watch for in 2016. We will cover the second half of the trends in podcast #188.
Jan 05, 2016
Top 10 Rainer on Leadership Podcast Episodes of 2015
2015 was a big year for Rainer on Leadership. We celebrated our 100th episode, expanded to two episodes per week, saw new sponsors come on board, and had more than 800,000 episode downloads during the year.
Jan 01, 2016
Healthy Church Trends: A Look Back – Rainer on Leadership #186
21:19
On today's episode, we take a look back at some healthy church trend predictions mentioned in a 2012 post to see how things have progressed over the past four years.
Dec 29, 2015
12 Megachurch Trends to Watch – Rainer on Leadership #185
23:32
On today's episode, we discuss some new research from Leadership Network on the state of megachurches in North America.
Dec 22, 2015
Seven Implications of Decentralization in Churches – Rainer on Leadership #184
23:18
On today's episode, we discuss a recent post on the decentralization of facilities and leadership. At the core of these changes is a desire to move away from centralization.
Dec 18, 2015
Nine Reasons Christians Don’t Evangelize – Rainer on Leadership #183
24:18
On today's episode, we discuss a recent post by Chuck Lawless on why we don't evangelize as well as ways to encourage evangelism in your church.
Dec 15, 2015
5 Reasons Pastoral Tenure Could Increase – Rainer on Leadership #182
20:54
On today's episode, we discuss a few reason why pastors—Millennials in particular—may not be moving from church to church as often as in the past.
Dec 11, 2015
Leadership and the Local Church with John C. Maxwell – Rainer on Leadership #181
25:03
On today's episode, John C. Maxwell joins us to discuss his latest book, Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters.
Dec 08, 2015
The Great Importance of Pastoral Tenure – Rainer on Leadership #180
23:19
On today's episode, we discuss the connection between pastoral tenure and church health. We continue to see a pattern of healthy churches led by long-term pastors.
Dec 04, 2015
Six Considerations for Holiday Outreach – Rainer on Leadership #179
17:13
With the Christmas season quickly approaching, we take time to discuss how to make the best use of holiday events and services.
Dec 01, 2015
Why Churches Choose to Die – Rainer on Leadership #178
24:13
On today's episode, we discuss how churches—intentionally or not—choose to die. Whether it be elevating negotiables to the status of non-negotiables or just refusing to face reality, churches often choose to die rather than choosing to change.
Nov 27, 2015
Hit and Miss Church Guest Experiences – Rainer on Leadership #177
21:35
Today we discuss a post on the best and worst church guest experiences as well as how my dog, Marley, likes his hamburgers dressed at Sonic.
Nov 24, 2015
How to Lead After a Church Split and Other Listener Questions – Rainer on Leadership #176
25:01
On today's episode, we answer a few listener questions. As always, you can submit your questions on the podcast page.
Nov 20, 2015
When You Have to Let a Staff Member Go – Rainer on Leadership #175
21:06
In a recent post, I discussed one of the more painful aspects of church leadership—having to fire a staff member. Some readers took issue with the post, especially point #2.
Nov 17, 2015
Are You Leadership Material? – Rainer on Leadership #174
21:23
On today's episode, we discuss a recent post by Chuck Lawless on Christian leadership. Dr. Lawless provided nine introspective questions to determine if one is truly a Christian leader.
Nov 13, 2015
The Largest 500 Churches in the SBC – Rainer on Leadership #173
21:09
Micah Fries joins us to discuss the SBC 500, a new list of the largest 500 churches in the SBC, and what we can learn from them.
Nov 10, 2015
Why Pastors Leave a Church – Rainer on Leadership #172
22:56
On today's episode, we discuss a recent post on the non-negative reasons pastors give for leaving a church.
Nov 06, 2015
Why Pastors Are Afraid of Revitalization – Rainer on Leadership #171
23:43
While church planting is garnering much attention (deservedly so), church revitalization is becoming more and more important throughout North America.
Nov 03, 2015
Why Churches Are Stuck in the Past – Rainer on Leadership #170
25:21
On today's episode, we discuss a recent post on churches who are stuck in the past. We also chased a rabbit and ended up discussing a few sitcoms.
Oct 30, 2015
How to Increase the Number of Volunteers in Your Church – Rainer on Leadership #169
22:03
Volunteers are crucial to many ministries in the church. Without volunteers, many ministries would simply not function.
Oct 27, 2015
Transitioning a Senior Adult Church to One Who Reaches all Generations – Rainer on Leadership #168
24:01
On today's episode, we discuss a recent post on senior adult churches who are wanting to reach a younger generation and the consequences of not being willing to change to do so.
Oct 23, 2015
Evangelism, Outreach, and the Internet – Rainer on Leadership #167
23:12
On today's episode, we discuss nine practical and easy ways churches can use the internet and online communities to share the gospel and reach out to those far from God.
Oct 20, 2015
How to Deal with Criticism – Rainer on Leadership Classic Episode
21:04
This week, Jonathan is on vacation, and I recently returned from a speaking engagement in the Rocky Mountains. So we bring to you a classic episode of Rainer on Leadership on how to handle criticism.
Oct 16, 2015
Nine Rapid Changes in Church Worship Services – Rainer on Leadership Classic Episode
22:29
This week, Jonathan is on vacation, and I am in the Rocky Mountains at a speaking engagement. So we bring to you a classic episode of Rainer on Leadership on rapid changes in church worship services.
Oct 13, 2015
Pastoral Leadership and Missions with David Platt – Rainer on Leadership #166
24:05
On today's episode, we talk church pastoral leadership and missions with David Platt.
Oct 09, 2015
Overcoming Guest Barriers in the Church – Rainer on Leadership #165
22:15
On today's episode, we discuss a recent post on 10 more barriers to church guests. As we mention in the podcast, the first barrier is not an easy one to overcome, but the other nine are low-hanging fruit for churches.
Oct 06, 2015
Nine Things a Church Bulletin Must Have – Rainer on Leadership #164
22:10
On today's episode, we talk church bulletin requirements. Not only should you have a bulletin, but it should have these nine things as well.
Oct 02, 2015
Moving Out of Maintenance Mode – Rainer on Leadership #163
21:26
On Friday's podcast episode, we discussed signs that you are leading or pastoring in maintenance mode. Today, we give seven ways to overcome and to break out of maintenance mode.
Sep 29, 2015
Ten Signs You’re Leading in Maintenance Mode – Rainer on Leadership #162
21:19
On today's episode, we discuss a recent post on signs that you are leading or pastoring in maintenance mode. In our next episode we will discuss ways to overcome this.
Sep 25, 2015
Nine Relational Evangelism Ideas That Work – Rainer on Leadership #161
21:46
We hear from churches all over the country about how God is working in their churches and how they are seeing people come to new life in Christ.
Sep 22, 2015
Be Humble. Stay Hungry. Always Hustle. – Rainer on Leadership #160
22:37
On today's episode, Brad Lomenick joins us to discuss his new book, H3 Leadership, and one of the most popular features on his blog—the young influencers list.
Sep 18, 2015
Five Characteristics of Change Leaders in the Church – Rainer on Leadership #159
21:22
On today's episode, we discuss a blog post from the early days of ThomRainer.com on change leadership.
Sep 15, 2015
Age Discrimination and Church Hiring – Rainer on Leadership #158
22:27
On today's episode, we discuss a recent post on age discrimination and what churches look for—and avoid—when hiring a new pastor.
Sep 11, 2015
The Secrets to Getting Guests to Fill Out and Return Info Cards – Rainer on Leadership #157
23:49
On today's episode, we discuss guest communication cards and so much more—including allergies.
Sep 08, 2015
What’s the Big Deal with Church Committees? – Rainer on Leadership #156
21:22
On today's episode, we discuss a recent post on church committees and why they often impede progress in many churches.
Sep 04, 2015
10 Mistakes Pastors Make when Interviewing – Rainer on Leadership #155
21:53
On today's episode, we discuss the process of interviewing from the pastor's perspective, but we also discuss topics related to those searching for a pastor.
Sep 01, 2015
War Room and the Power of Prayer featuring Stephen and Alex Kendrick – Rainer on Leadership #154
18:50
I encourage you and your family or small group to see War Room this weekend, because it will absolutely rekindle a hunger for prayer in your life.
Aug 28, 2015
What Do Pastors Need to Know About Business? – Rainer on Leadership #153
22:28
On today's episode, we discuss what pastors need to know about business and answer a few questions from the listeners of Rainer on Leadership.
Aug 25, 2015
Seven Ideas for Increased Guest Friendliness – Rainer on Leadership #152
20:12
Whether your church has a dedicated greeting time in the service or not, these principles will increase the friendliness in your church and help you retain guests better.
Aug 21, 2015
Six Major Barriers to Church Growth – Rainer on Leadership #151
22:13
On today's episode, we discuss a recent post on what keeps churches from growing. While we cover the six main issues listed in the blog post, don't miss the bonus at the end.
Aug 18, 2015
Eight Steps to More Effective Discipleship – Rainer on Leadership #150
19:51
On today's episode, we discuss a recent post by Chuck Lawless on discipleship and cover eight steps that can lead to more effective discipleship in your church.
Aug 14, 2015
The Activity Driven Church – Rainer on Leadership #149
21:21
Today we talk about how to get your church back on track with activities that match the purpose of the church.
Aug 11, 2015
Why Women Leave a Church – Rainer on Leadership #148
22:22
While they may apply to men in the church as well, these are specific issues we are hearing from women as to why they decide to leave a church.
Aug 07, 2015
Financial Giving & Accountability for Members and Staff – Rainer on Leadership #147
23:00
On today's episode, we cover a few guidelines on dealing with giving in the church, who needs to know what, and how to assess current and potential leaders as it pertains to financial stewardship.
Aug 04, 2015
Proper Ministerial Attire – Rainer on Leadership #146
22:42
On today's episode, we discussed a recent blogpost on ministerial attire, and how that definition changes from church to church and region to region.
Jul 31, 2015
How Involved Should a Minister Be in the Community? – Rainer on Leadership #145
20:30
On today's episode, we discuss ministry involvement in the community for church leaders. We also reminisce about a few small festivals and town nicknames.
Jul 28, 2015
The Anatomy of a Sick Church – Rainer on Leadership #144
21:49
On today's episode, we explain the 10 symptoms found in sick churches. Some may exhibit a few of these—others may exhibit all of them.
Jul 24, 2015
Crafting a Church Vision Statement – Rainer on Leadership #143
22:51
On today's episode, we discuss church vision statements and how they must be memorable, succinct, and connected to your church's discipleship process.
Jul 21, 2015
I Will: Nine Traits of the Outwardly Focused Christian – Rainer on Leadership #142
22:20
This week, my newest book, I Will, was released. So today on the podcast, we give an overview of the book and the resources related to I Will.
Jul 17, 2015
The Challenges and Opportunities of Female Leadership – Rainer on Leadership #141
23:40
Today on the podcast, Selma Wilson joins us to discuss the challenges and opportunities women face in leadership.
Jul 14, 2015
Nine Encouragements for Pastors Who Want to Quit – Rainer on Leadership #140
21:28
Today on the podcast we discuss a recent post about pastors and why they shouldn't throw in the towel and quit.
Jul 10, 2015
Seven Keys to Recruiting Volunteers in Your Church – Rainer on Leadership #139
20:32
Whether you need teachers, small group leaders, ushers, or nursery workers, these seven keys will help you activate and retain volunteers in your church.
Jul 07, 2015
What Does Mediocrity Look Like in the Church? – Rainer on Leadership #138
21:58
Today on the podcast we discuss a recent post from Chuck Lawless entitled 12 Signs of Mediocrity in a Church.
Jul 03, 2015
How Church Culture Changes – Rainer on Leadership #137
20:43
Our society is pressing in on the church and will change much of how church is done, but we must hold fast to the unchanging Word of God in the midst of any change.
Jun 30, 2015
Balancing Family & Ministry with Jackie Bledsoe – Rainer on Leadership #136
21:49
Jackie Bledsoe joins us this week on the podcast to discuss ministry and family balance, technology, and his upcoming book, The Seven Rings of Marriage.
Jun 26, 2015
Dealing with Power Groups in the Church – Rainer on Leadership #135
21:36
Today on the podcast we discuss power groups—both positive and negative groups. I also found out something about Jonathan that I did not know before.
Jun 23, 2015
Six Keys to Breaking Financial Barriers at Your Church – Rainer on Leadership #134
25:30
Today on the podcast we discuss financial barriers and budgets in the local church.
Jun 19, 2015
Trends in Worship Service Times – Rainer on Leadership #133
24:18
Today on the podcast we discuss a recent post on trends in worship service times.
Jun 16, 2015
Say This, Not That to Guests – Rainer on Leadership #132
25:18
Today on the podcast we cover a pair of posts on guest friendliness and what you should and shouldn't say to guests at your church.
Jun 12, 2015
Guidelines for Counseling in the Church – Rainer on Leadership #131
23:09
It is important to establish guidelines for counseling for the benefit of both the minister and those seeking the counseling.
Jun 09, 2015
The Future of Denominations – Rainer on Leadership #130
24:27
There are a host of positive benefits to denominations. But their reputations can often be less than positive with those outside of the denomination.
Jun 05, 2015
Moving to or from Multiple Worship Services – Rainer on Leadership #129
22:47
Today on the podcast, we discuss many of the issues involved in moving to or from multiple worship services. In most cases, it's not just about adding an hour of programming.
Jun 02, 2015
Why Church Members Dislike Church Growth – Rainer on Leadership #128
25:20
Today on the podcast, we discuss why church members dislike change and ways that pastors and church staff can help ease this tension when a church begins to grow.
May 29, 2015
Do Church Members Who Are More Involved Give More?…and Other Listener Questions – Rainer on Leadership #127
26:26
We get several questions a week for the podcast. Some we answer in email responses. some we just can't answer for one reason or another, and some we use for episodes like this.
May 26, 2015
The Five Most Common Obstacles to Breaking Attendance Barriers – Rainer on Leadership #126
22:07
In today's podcast, we discuss Church Answers, a new monthly subscription program for church staff and leaders to go deeper into the topics we cover on the blog and podcast.
May 22, 2015
Surviving a Moral Failure on Church Staff – Rainer on Leadership #125
25:17
Moral failures can be devastating to a church and to a church staff. Today, we cover nine specific ways to deal with this often cataclysmic event in the life of a church.
May 19, 2015
The Five Most Common Mistakes Church Leaders Make When Leading Change – Rainer on Leadership #124
23:50
Leading change is one of the most difficult things pastors and church leaders will do in a church. But it's also one of the most needed things in many churches.
May 15, 2015
Non-Salary Benefits Churches Should Consider Providing for Staff – Rainer on Leadership #123
24:53
Not every church can provide every possible benefit listed in today's podcast for their staff. But most—if not all—churches can provide at least some of these
May 12, 2015
Encouragements and Warnings for Christian Leaders in Social Media, featuring Michael Hyatt – Rainer on Leadership #122
25:50
This week I am excited to have Michael Hyatt on the podcast. Michael is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.
May 08, 2015
Eight Practical Steps to Preserving Church Unity – Rainer on Leadership #121
20:51
Church unity, frankly, is lacking in too many of our churches today. Church splits, fights, and bickering are far too common.
May 05, 2015
How to Become a Highly Effective Pastor – Rainer on Leadership #120
21:32
Effective pastors are grounded in the ministry of the Word and in prayer. And in today's podcast we build on that foundation with seven principles of highly effective pastors.
May 01, 2015
10 Keys to Developing a Healthy Church Staff – Rainer on Leadership #119
21:26
Staff unity is a critical component of church unity. A healthy staff usually serves a healthy church.
Apr 28, 2015
What to Do With Church Bullies – Rainer on Leadership #118
21:01
In today's episode, we discuss what to do with church bullies and even how to prevent them from doing damage in a church.
Apr 24, 2015
Why Pastors Often Leave Their Church in the Third Year – Rainer on Leadership #117
20:29
In may seem confusing, but most pastors leave their church in the third year and the average length of a pastorate is 3.6 years.
Apr 21, 2015
Setting a Fair Pastoral Salary – Rainer on Leadership #116
21:15
Salary is always a hot topic here on the blog and the podcast. And today we tackle a question we often receive: how to set a fair pastoral salary.
Apr 17, 2015
What Does a Healthy Church Budget Look Like? – Rainer on Leadership #115
20:52
Church budgets can often be the source of much contention and even more confusion. It doesn't have to be this way though.
Apr 14, 2015
9 Major Areas of Tension Every Pastor Experiences – Rainer on Leadership #114
22:26
Pastors likely face one or more of these tensions every week, and sometimes on a daily basis.
Apr 10, 2015
Ministry Training in the Local Church – Rainer on Leadership #113
20:59
The world around us is constantly changing. The Word of God, however, is not. We are still called to identify, raise up, and train the next generation of leaders in our churches.
Apr 07, 2015
Church Membership Renewal, A New Trend – Rainer on Leadership #112
24:30
While most churches are not ready for such a change, many are moving forward with this trend and have seen—in many cases—positive results.
Apr 03, 2015
Easter and Hymns with Keith Getty – Rainer on Leadership #111
22:42
This week, we welcome back great friend of the pod, Keith Getty, to discuss Easter, the gospel, and hymns.
Mar 31, 2015
Overcoming the 12 Most Frequent Burdens Pastors Face – Rainer on Leadership #110
21:54
Today on the podcast, we cover a recent post from Chuck Lawless on pastoral burdens.
Mar 27, 2015
What to Do When a Pastor or Staff Member Leaves – Rainer on Leadership #109
22:27
Today we use a question from a listener to jump into a discussion about what to do when a staff member leaves.
Mar 24, 2015
Obstacles to Evangelism in the Local Church – Rainer on Leadership #108
22:25
I recently conducted an informal Twitter poll and asked what keeps Christians from evangelizing. The results were overwhelming and led to a blog post that generated quite a discussion.
Mar 20, 2015
Nine Technological Trends Every Church Should Consider – Rainer on Leadership #107
22:06
For too long, many churches have not only been technologically deficient, but technologically averse. But many churches are now catching up through several different methods.
Mar 17, 2015
How to Overcome the Most Fiercely Defended Traditions in a Church – Rainer on Leadership #106
25:05
Many churches are averse to change when it comes to traditions. And pastors and church leaders often realize problem areas too late.
Mar 13, 2015
Why Your Church Should be Thinking Multisite – Rainer on Leadership #105
26:41
Today on the podcast, we address the growing multisite trend and explain why all churches—both big and small—should be considering multisite as an option.
Mar 10, 2015
What Not to Say to the Pastor Before the Sermon – Rainer on Leadership #104
22:53
It makes it really difficult to preach after someone has criticized you just moments before the sermon starts.
Mar 06, 2015
Why Your Church Needs a New Members Class – Rainer on Leadership #103
23:47
A new members class is critical to informing prospective new members of information and expectations related to your church.
Mar 03, 2015
What Staff Member to Hire Next and Other Listener Questions – Rainer on Leadership #102
22:23
Today, we tackle everything from mentoring to building vision to connection cards to staff hiring.
Feb 27, 2015
Six Keys for Reaching Millennials in Established Churches – Rainer on Leadership #101
21:46
We use a question about Millennials in this episode to jump into our discussion about reaching America's largest and most secular generation.
Feb 24, 2015
Pastoral Longevity, featuring Mike Glenn – Rainer on Leadership #100
26:15
Recording this podcast is one of the highlights of my week. And it's hard to believe we have made it to episode #100. Thanks to you, the listeners, for making this possible.
Feb 20, 2015
10 Tips for Pastoral Care Visits – Rainer on Leadership #099
24:02
Pastoral care visits are a lost art for many pastors and church leaders. While not limited to pastors making them, these visits are often expected—or even required—for church staff.
Feb 17, 2015
How to Make Announcements in Worship Services – Rainer on Leadership #098
20:59
For many churches, announcements carry great importance in how they are made, when they are made, and by whom they are made.
Feb 13, 2015
Nine Keys to Successful Sermon Preparation – Rainer on Leadership #097
20:53
Preparing to preach a sermon, or multiple sermons, each week is the most daunting and most important thing a pastor does as the shepherd of a church.
Feb 10, 2015
Bivocational Pastors and Church Staff – Rainer on Leadership #096
21:10
Bivocational pastors and church staff are my heroes. While there may be part-time pay involved, the job of ministry is always full-time.
Feb 06, 2015
10 Keys to Finding a Job in Ministry — Rainer on Leadership #095
22:37
Finding a job in ministry can be difficult if you're just sending out resume after resume to church after church. Not only can it be difficult, it can be downright discouraging and frustrating.
Feb 03, 2015
10 Distractions Regarding Worship Music – Rainer on Leadership #094
23:40
We've covered some of Chuck Lawless' articles in the past on the podcast, and in this episode we discuss a recent post on worship music distractions.
Jan 30, 2015
Five Things Church Leaders Need to Know about Ministry Finance — Rainer on Leadership #093
20:54
Ministry finance is an area many pastors and church leaders lack adequate training. So today, Jonathan and I discuss five areas of finance of which every minister should be aware.
Jan 27, 2015
15 Church Trends for 2015 – Rainer on Leadership #092
24:10
At the beginning of every year, I attempt to present to you the major church trends facing congregations in the coming twelve months.
Jan 23, 2015
How to Lead a Staff Meeting Well — Rainer on Leadership #091
23:52
Staff meetings can often turn into death by meeting. However, when led effectively, they are actually productivity by meeting.
Jan 20, 2015
10 Key Leadership Lessons, featuring Brad Lomenick – Rainer on Leadership #090
28:03
In this episode, we cover a recent blog post Brad Lomenick wrote, 10 Key Leadership Lessons I’ve Learned over the Last Year in Handing off Catalyst.
Jan 16, 2015
The Seven Key Improvements You Should Make to Your Church Facilities – Rainer on Leadership #089
24:14
First impressions are important for churches. On today's episode, we cover seven main areas in which your church facility can improve your first impression.
Jan 13, 2015
Millennial Pastors and Established Churches – Rainer on Leadership #088
20:47
Millennials should not be so quick to write off working with or pastoring at established churches. And in this episode, we tell you why.
Jan 09, 2015
Finding Time in Ministry When You Have None – Rainer on Leadership #087
20:32
In this week's episode, Jonathan and I discuss some of the nuts and bolts of ministry as we concentrate on practical issues that relate to the church.
Jan 06, 2015
Discouragement in Ministry – Rainer on Leadership #086
24:31
Like criticism, handling discouragement is a two-pronged approach. Ministers need to know how to handle discouragement, and members need to realize how their actions can cause discouragement.
Jan 02, 2015
Top 14 Posts of 2014: The Top 5
Because of the readers of this site, this year has been a record year for ThomRainer.com.
Dec 31, 2014
Top 14 Podcast Episodes of 2014
Thanks to you, 2014 marked an incredible year of growth for the Rainer on Leadership podcast.
Dec 26, 2014
Leadership Lessons for Pastors – Rainer on Leadership #085
24:18
In this final podcast episode of 2014, we cover a number of topics thanks to the listener questions that have been submitted over the past few months.
Dec 19, 2014
Leading a Growing Church – Rainer on Leadership #084
21:12
On this week's show, we discuss multi-site churches, multi-ethnic church staffing, Millennials, and leadership.
Dec 12, 2014
The Stand and Greet Time – Rainer on Leadership #083
22:11
In this podcast, we dive deeper into the reasons these items drive away guests and further evaluate the stand and greet time.
Dec 05, 2014
Don’t Waste Your Christmas – Rainer on Leadership #082
26:14
This week we are joined on the podcast with one of the premier hymn writers of our day: Keith Getty.
Nov 28, 2014
Don’t Waste Your Christmas – Rainer on Leadership #082
Nov 28, 2014
Be the Message with Pastor Kerry Shook – Rainer on Leadership #081
22:22
Pastor and author Kerry Shook joins us on the podcast this week. On the show, we discuss Kerry's new book, multisite ministry, megachurches, and much more.
Nov 21, 2014
10 Traits of Healthy, Tenured Pastors – Rainer on Leadership #080
20:39
Last week on the podcast we covered leaders of churches or Christian ministries who don't act in the most Christ-like of ways. This week, we flip that and examine the traits of healthy, tenured pastors and leaders.
Nov 14, 2014
14 Traits Found in Toxic Leaders – Rainer on Leadership #079
22:38
This week on the podcast, we discuss the traits found in toxic leaders and what to do if you are one or work for one.
Nov 07, 2014
Trends in Pastoral Job Searches and Succession – Rainer on Leadership #078
23:48
William Vanderbloemen joins us this week to discuss trends in pastoral succession.
Oct 31, 2014
Church Revitalization – Rainer on Leadership #077
20:29
This week, we discuss the growing need for church revitalization and offer a few solutions and encouragements to those leading their churches to new life.
Oct 24, 2014
The Impending Retirement of a Generation of Pastors – Rainer on Leadership #076
21:51
I’m not sure our churches are ready for this transition. This week, we provide advice for both pastors looking to retire and churches with aging pastors.
Oct 17, 2014
Seven Warnings for Church Leaders Who Use Social Media – Rainer on Leadership #075
20:14
Social media has become one of the most effective ways for us to communicate. While there is so much good in social media, it can be used quite negatively.
Oct 10, 2014
15 Church Facility Issues – Rainer on Leadership #074
24:30
This week's episode is more lighthearted in tone, but still serious in subject matter. We tackle a post by Dr. Chuck Lawless on church facility issues.
Oct 03, 2014
Innovation and the Local Church – Rainer on Leadership #073
21:55
On this week's episode, Larry Osborne joins us to discuss leadership, innovation, and much more.
Sep 26, 2014
Leading from the Second Chair – Rainer on Leadership #072
23:53
Brad Waggoner returns to the podcast this week to discuss how to lead when you're not the top leader in an organization.
Sep 19, 2014
Six Symptoms of a Dysfunctional Church – Rainer on Leadership #071
22:22
This week cover symptoms often found in dysfunctional churches. As I state in the preface to the podcast, the list is not meant to be critical but eye-opening.
Sep 12, 2014
Pastoral Tenure & Expository Preaching with Alistair Begg – Rainer on Leadership #070
23:56
In this episode with Alistair Begg, we discussed pastoral tenure, expository preaching, sermon preparation, the resurgence of Puritan theology, and more.
Sep 05, 2014
Why Church Members Don’t Invite Others to Church – Rainer on Leadership #069
19:53
In this week's podcast, we cover a recent post here at the blog written by Chuck Lawless on why church members don't invite others to church.
Aug 29, 2014
8 Warning Signs of the Most Common Factor in Declining Churches – Rainer on Leadership #068
20:30
The most common factor found in declining churches is an inward focus. When a church is only focused on itself, it will begin to fight amongst itself.
Aug 22, 2014
Avoiding the Seven Ways to Hurt Your Pastor – Rainer on Leadership #067
21:03
This week on the podcast, we discuss one of the most popular posts from the past few months: Seven Ways to Hurt Your Pastor.
Aug 15, 2014
Leading in a Glass House – Rainer on Leadership #066
24:16
A lot of you are in leadership positions where every single move is watched and every word is parsed. It can be extremely difficult to lead with that pressure on you.
Aug 08, 2014
Millennials and Worship Style – Rainer on Leadership #065
20:13
Style of worship is not a primary focus for Millennials. Instead they seek worship services and music that have these three major elements.
Aug 01, 2014
The Decline of Sunday Evening Services – Rainer on Leadership #064
25:32
If you continue to hold Sunday evening services, be creative with what you do and make Sunday evenings work best for your church in your specific context.
Jul 25, 2014
Evangelism in the Local Church – Rainer on Leadership #063
28:30
This week on the podcast, I am honored to host Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg to discuss the state of evangelism in the local church.
Jul 18, 2014
The Pastor’s Kid – Rainer on Leadership #062
23:19
In the episode, we discuss The Pastor's Kid as well as seven things pastors wish church members knew about their kids.
Jul 11, 2014
Pastoral Succession – Rainer on Leadership #061
26:11
Pastoral succession happens in every church. But most churches either have no plan for pastoral succession or a pretty one one if they do.
Jun 27, 2014
Nine Rapid Changes in Church Worship Services – Rainer on Leadership #060
22:24
In this week's episode, we share some of the reaction to the Nine Rapid Changes in Church Worship Services, and I explain why I hate neckties.
Jun 20, 2014
Pastoral Advice – Rainer on Leadership #059
21:52
From time to time, we wind up with a backlog of questions to cover on the podcast. This week, we chose some that relate to general pastoral advice.
Jun 13, 2014
Social Media and the Church – Rainer on Leadership #058
22:39
Social media is fast becoming the preferred method of communication. It cannot be ignored. Not just by individuals, but by churches as well.
Jun 06, 2014
Why Pastors Are Hesitant to Take Jobs at Established Churches – Rainer on Leadership #057
20:51
On a recent post, friend of the blog Ron Edmonson requested we expound more on why pastors are sometimes hesitant to take jobs at established churches. Ron asked, and we listened.
May 30, 2014
Changes in Church Hiring Practices for Pastors – Rainer on Leadership #056
21:02
Jonathan and I discuss changes in church hiring practices and how pastors or those seeking to become pastors should adapt to these trends.
May 23, 2014
Dangers of Denial for Dying Churches – Rainer on Leadership #055
22:04
Our world is changing dramatically, and if we're not keeping up with the pace of change, we will be left behind.
May 16, 2014
The Pastors’ Wives Episode – Rainer on Leadership #054
22:02
This week, we discuss all things related to the pastor's wife: expectations, loneliness, parenting, friendships, the desire for mentors, and so much more.
May 09, 2014
Autopsy of a Deceased Church Launch – Rainer on Leadership #053
27:13
This week marks the release of my latest book, Autopsy of a Deceased Church.
May 02, 2014
Pastoral Do-Overs – Rainer on Leadership #052
19:46
Every pastor has said or done something he has regretted. It's inevitable that occasionally we will let down our families, our congregants, and ourselves. So I recently asked my followers on Twitter what they would want to do over as a pastor. Here were their top seven responses:
Apr 25, 2014
10 Areas of Training Pastors Need in the 21st Century – Rainer on Leadership #051
21:22
Pastors receive a great deal of training in seminary and Bible colleges. But even the most scholarly pastors do not learn everything they need to know in a higher education environment.
Apr 18, 2014
Eight Struggles Pastors Face – Rainer on Leadership #050
22:38
This week, Jonathan and I review a recent blog post on the struggles pastors face. I also tell the story of a certain gift basket delivery I received on a recent speaking trip.
Apr 11, 2014
An Interview with Dr. Tony Evans – Rainer on Leadership #049
22:14
Dr. Tony Evans is still one of the greatest influences on my ministry, and I was encouraged by this discussion about life, ministry, fatherhood, and more.
Apr 04, 2014
Becoming More Evangelistic Churches – Rainer on Leadership #048
20:59
Depending on what metric you use, just around 1 in 20 churches are evangelistic churches—ones growing through conversion growth.
Mar 28, 2014
7 Reasons Active Members Drop Out of Church – Rainer on Leadership #047
23:25
In this episode, we discuss the seven reasons active church members may drop out and provide ways for churches to keep these members involved when they show signs of leaving.
Mar 21, 2014
Communicating Big Ideas with Art Rainer – Rainer on Leadership #046
25:51
In this episode, we discuss: Whose responsibility is it to communicate big ideas, What to do if the big idea fails, How you can ensure everyone is on the same page—especially if the organization is a large one, How to handle critics or detractors within the organization, and Who some of the effective leaders are that Art has worked with.
Mar 14, 2014
When Not to Respond to Critics – Rainer on Leadership #045
20:12
There are times when leaders should not respond to critics. In this episode, Jonathan and I list four such reasons. We also discuss two instances in which I never respond to a critic.
Mar 07, 2014
10 Reasons for Church Conflict – Rainer on Leadership #044
22:54
Conflict happens in every church. This conflict is sometimes managed well. Other times, not so much.
Feb 28, 2014
Seven Paradigm Shifts in the Church – Rainer on Leadership #043
20:59
In a blog post earlier this year, I listed seven paradigm shifts facing the American church, This week, Jonathan and I expand on and explain those shifts which we are seeing on a daily basis.
Feb 21, 2014
11 Common Mistakes Made by Churches – Rainer on Leadership #042
20:14
Whatever church you serve in or attend, these common mistakes can be fixed, and in most cases, fixed relatively easily.
Feb 14, 2014
Tony Merida on Church Planting, Bivocational Pastors, & Orphan Care – Rainer on Leadership #041
22:02
In this episode, Tony and I discuss the benefits of a teaching team in the local church, how seminary education is beneficial, the church's call to care for orphans and widows, and the Meridas' story of adopting their five children.
Feb 07, 2014
Pastors’ Kids – Rainer on Leadership #040
20:51
The feedback on my posts about pastors' kids has been quite overwhelming. Commenters shared both their pain and delight from their personal experiences as a pastor's kid. In this week's episode, Jonathan and I discuss that original post and what we've learned as a result thanks to the commenters.
Jan 31, 2014
Pastors and Vacation – Rainer on Leadership #039
21:56
Unlike many jobs in the secular world, vacation policies for many pastors are not always spelled out in the clearest of manners. And it's not just policies for the number of days of vacation or how many Sunday's pastors can miss each year (if any), but policies are often needed for interrupted vacations as well.
Jan 24, 2014
14 Predictions for the Church in 2014 – Rainer on Leadership #038
23:14
In this week's episode, Jonathan and I discuss those 14 predictions and reasons behind them. I also give two specific tips for pastors looking to clean or improve the membership rolls in their local church.
Jan 17, 2014
Worship Wars – Rainer on Leadership #037
22:02
Every church I pastored had a disagreement at some point about the style of music. I'm guessing that if you're a pastor, you probably have the same story. If not, you must not have been a pastor for too long.
Jan 10, 2014
How Pastoring Has Changed in the Past 30 Years – Rainer on Leadership #036
23:09
Like every area of life, a lot has changed in the past 30 years as it relates to pastoring. In a recent post, I listed these seven specific ways:
Jan 03, 2014
Ministers’ Housing Allowance – Rainer on Leadership #035
21:29
When Judge Barbara Crabb ruled unconstitutional a provision in the U. S. tax code that allows ministers to declare some or all of their ministerial income as a housing allowance, I heard from pastors all over the country asking "What does this mean?"
Dec 20, 2013
The Grass Isn’t Always Greener – Rainer on Leadership #034
21:18
It doesn't matter where you work. There will always be challenges. Too often, we run from one challenge to another where the grass looks greener. Many times, we would be better served to accept our current challenge instead of running from it because the next move never eradicates the issues automatically.
Dec 13, 2013
Ministry Grid & Leadership Training – Rainer on Leadership #033
23:23
On this week’s podcast episode, Todd Adkins joins us to discuss the need for improved leadership training in the church and how Ministry Grid can help local churches to produce better leaders and, as a result, healthier churches.
Dec 06, 2013
Is Your Church Dying? – Rainer on Leadership #032
19:54
Churches are not as healthy as they once were. American churches, by and large, are in trouble. Only about 10% of churches are growing faster than the community in which they are located.
Nov 22, 2013
How to Respond to Criticism – Rainer on Leadership #031
20:46
Every leader faces criticism. How you respond to that criticism typically indicates how successful you will be as a leader because some criticisms are valid—and some are not.
Nov 15, 2013
Simple Church with Eric Geiger – Rainer on Leadership #030
24:16
While the genesis of Simple Church came from academic research for Eric's doctoral work, the findings were so significant that a book was needed for those in practical ministry. What resulted was a shift in the way churches in America and around the world operated and communicated.
Nov 08, 2013
The Pastor’s Salary – Rainer on Leadership #029
22:00
This week's podcast episode deals with how to manage issues related to pastoral and ministerial salaries—and the five things you should know about those salaries.
Nov 01, 2013
A Culture of Trust – Rainer on Leadership #028
23:30
Brad Waggoner joins us this week to discuss the importance of trust to the culture of a church or workplace. We also talk about changing culture, how the culture at LifeWay has changed, and how advances in technology impact culture.
Oct 25, 2013
5 Stages of Pastoral Tenure – Rainer on Leadership #027
26:34
The more I study the phenomenon of pastoral tenure, the more I am convinced there are distinct stages with clear characteristics. In this episode we address these stages of tenure and how best to lead through them.
Oct 18, 2013
Identifying and Overcoming Pastoral Burnout – Rainer on Leadership #026
20:37
I've been concerned about pastoral burnout for many years. I've seen it happen to too many pastors during my ministry. Because of this, I've been able to identify seven root causes for burnout as it relates to the pastor.
Oct 11, 2013
The Number One Reason for the Decline in Church Attendance – Rainer on Leadership #025
21:09
Church membership and attendance have become frequent topics both at the blog and on the podcast. In this episode, we highlight a recent post on how church attendance has declined in recent years and the main reason why.
Oct 04, 2013
10 Things Pastors Like Most and Least about Being a Pastor — Rainer on Leadership #024
24:48
Jonathan and I discuss my findings from a pair of recent Twitter polls I conducted. While not scientific, these anecdotal results describe the areas pastors love about pastoring—and the areas they do not.
Sep 27, 2013
Eight Areas Ministers Are Unprepared for Ministry — Rainer on Leadership #023
20:43
These are areas almost all ministers will experience difficulty at some point in their careers. In this episode, we look over the points I mentioned in the post and expound on some of the issues involved.
Sep 20, 2013
Listener Question Extravaganza — Rainer on Leadership #022
24:53
I am so thankful for the feedback and interest we've seen from the podcast. On this week's show, we answer a host of listener questions. Today's questions range from church membership to pastoral succession, to interim pastors, to recruiting volunteers, to church hopping.
Sep 13, 2013
Leading Change, featuring Kevin Ezell — Rainer on Leadership #021
28:26
Kevin Ezell, President of the North America Mission Board, was my guest this week. On the show we primarily discussed how to lead change. It's something all leaders must deal with at some point and something many struggle with.
Sep 06, 2013
What Non-Christians Think of Christians — Rainer on Leadership #020
20:04
One of the most polarizing posts recently on the blog was one about what non-Christians think about Christians. So in this week's podcast episode, Jonathan and I expound on that topic and the discussion that surrounded the post.
Aug 30, 2013
Megachurches in the SBC — Rainer on Leadership #019
22:06
In this week's podcast episode, Jonathan and I review the top ten largest churches in the SBC. We also discuss this growing fascination with megachurches and what they mean for smaller churches that might sit in their shadows. At the end of the show, we look back to 1992 at the top 10 churches and see that while the sizes might have changed, many of the names have not.
Aug 23, 2013
The First 100 Days in a New Job — Rainer on Leadership #018
23:36
In this week's episode, Jonathan and I review a recent blogpost talking about a pastor's first 90 days and expand on it while also relating it to secular employment.
Aug 16, 2013
The Pastor’s Work Week — Rainer on Leadership #017
22:30
I took a survey of my deacons when I was pastoring in St. Petersburg Florida back in the 1980s. I listed several congregational responsibilities and asked them to share the minimum amount of time I should average in each area each week. I listed about twenty areas; but they were free to add other responsibilities to the blank lines. I’m not sure exactly what I was anticipating. I just know that I was shocked when I tallied the results.
Aug 09, 2013
Raising up Leaders & Pastoring Established Churches — Rainer on Leadership #016
25:47
My oldest son, Sam, joins us for this week's podcast. In the show, we discussed the importance of mentoring younger leaders and raising up the next generation of pastors as well as pastoring established churches.
Aug 02, 2013
Five Qualities to Look for When Hiring — Rainer on Leadership #15
20:04
Podcast Episode #015 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play We explore five qualities to look for when hiring a new team member. These qualities apply to any level of employment and in both church and secular hiring processes. Based on this post, the five qualities to look for are: […]
Jul 26, 2013
Small Group Alignment — Rainer on Leadership #013
22:17
I recently addressed the importance of aligning your small groups to the direction of the church. It was something that I struggled with as a pastor. I didn't know what our classes were going through in their studies. They could have easily been going in a different direction than the church was headed, and I would have never known. So on today's podcast we address five dangers of not having your small groups aligned with the vision of the church.
Jul 12, 2013
An Interview with John Croyle — Rainer on Leadership #012
29:34
John Croyle was recently our guest at LifeWay. While he was in town, I had a chance to sit down with him and discuss Alabama football, the Big Oak Ranch, manhood, and leadership. It is a fascinating interview with a fascinating man. If you're not familiar with John or the Big Oak Ranch, I would encourage you to visit their website BigOak.org. Hundreds of kids have been impacted by John and his ministry over the years. I'm proud to call him a friend and excited that he could share his story through this episode of Rainer on Leadership.
Jul 05, 2013
Overcoming Pastoral Burnout — Rainer on Leadership #011
29:14
This week, we discuss a recent post on the blog dealing with how to overcome pastoral burnout. Burnout is a real and present danger to those in ministry. These 12 tips will help you or your pastor know when to recognize burnout and how to overcome it.
Jun 28, 2013
The Millennials — Rainer on Leadership #010
22:57
This week, Jess Rainer joins us as we discuss Millennials, the church, and culture. As we state in the book, Millennials value education, tarry to marry, and reflect diversity. They also are a hopeful generation, a relational generation, a generation of learners, and a less religious generation. The future of the church in the 21st century will be shaped by Millennials and our response to this generation as a whole.
Jun 21, 2013
The Six Levels of Leadership — Rainer on Leadership #009
27:02
In this week's episode, we explore the six levels of leadership found in my book Breakout Churches. Originally based on Jim Collins' Good to Great, Breakout Churches explores the reasons churches moved from decline to breakout growth. One common factor in breakout growth was outstanding leadership.
Jun 14, 2013
Preaching Distractions — Rainer on Leadership #008
22:30
Today's episode was a fun one. Jonathan and I explore some personal stories and some reader submissions from a recent post on preaching distractions. We talk about plumbing issues, flying shoes, ripped pants, overzealous janitors, and more. We also cover what to recover when something like this happens, and how best to prevent them from happening. While the ministry of a pastor should be taken very seriously, we shouldn't take ourselves too seriously.
Jun 07, 2013
Melissa: An Interview with Frank Page — Rainer on Leadership #007
23:41
In today's episode, I sit down with Frank Page to discuss his new book which chronicles his daughter's suicide. You will hear his love for his daughter and the grief that he has experienced since her death. It is an honest, emotional response to what can only be described as every parent's greatest fear.
May 31, 2013
Can a Dying Church Find Life? — Rainer on Leadership #006
25:22
In last week's podcast episode on An Autopsy of a Deceased Church, we examined what had led to the death of a church I had previously consulted. But the story doesn't end there. In this week's episode, we look at six steps to turning around a church that is either dying or not growing.
May 24, 2013
Autopsy of a Deceased Church — Rainer on Leadership #005
23:06
When I first wrote An Autopsy of a Deceased Church, I thought it would possibly strike a chord with readers. I had no idea the response would be as overwhelming as it has been. This week's podcast episode deals with the three major themes that led to the death of a church I had consulted a decade ago.
May 17, 2013
Raising Godly Children — Rainer on Leadership #004
26:52
Since this episode of Rainer on Leadership is releasing on Mother's Day weekend, Selma Wilson joined me to talk about parenting and the importance of raising godly children.
May 10, 2013
The Main Reason People Leave the Church — Rainer on Leadership #003
24:24
Last week we talked about what church membership is and what it means to be a church member. How it's not just having your name on a roll somewhere, but being actively involved in the ministry and function of your local community of faith. This week's episode deals with NOT being a church member. Specifically the main reason people LEAVE a church.
May 03, 2013
I Am a Church Member — Rainer on Leadership #002
27:41
The topic of today's episode is my new book, I Am a Church Member. The book releases on May 1, 2013, but is likely already available in most retail stores and online. One of this book's unique characteristics is that it was birthed out of a post here on the blog.
Apr 26, 2013
Ten Ways Ordinary People Became Good Leaders — Rainer on Leadership #001
17:04
On this debut episode of Rainer on Leadership, I discussed a recent blog series on "Ten Ways Ordinary People Become Good Leaders."
Apr 19, 2013