Rainer On Leadership Podcast

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

One Key Reason Many Churches Are Fighting Attendance Declines (Update)


Podcast Episode #597 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify We hear more and more about attendance frequency becoming a pain point for many churche...
Dec-13-2019

Seven of the Most Fiercely Defended Traditions in the Church


Podcast Episode #596 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Thom and Sam spend today’s episode discussing seven fiercely defended traditions in the...
Dec-10-2019

The Berry Bucket and How It Often Causes Church Conflict


Podcast Episode #595 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify What in the world is a Berry Bucket? If you don’t think this is a relevant topic for yo...
Dec-06-2019

What Church Leaders Must Know for 2020 – An Interview with Dave Travis of Generis


Podcast Episode #594 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Wouldn’t you like to know what the future holds for your church? Special guest Dave Tra...
Dec-03-2019

Understanding Resistance to Change in Churches


Podcast Episode #593 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify In today’s episode, Thom and Sam discuss an incredibly common topic and major pain poin...
Nov-29-2019

Why the Local Church Is the Key Instrument of the Great Commission


Podcast Episode #592 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Today Thom and Sam discuss the purpose of the local church as a key instrument of the G...
Nov-26-2019

Five Considerations When You Follow a Long-Term Pastor


Podcast Episode #591 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Are you following a long-term pastor? Did a long-tenured pastor return to your church a...
Nov-22-2019

Five Ways to Address the Oversized Sanctuary


Podcast Episode #590 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Church practices change with cultural norms. The norm in the church used to be everyone...
Nov-19-2019

Five Ways Your Church Budget May Be Broken


Podcast Episode #589 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Many churches are in the midst of their annual budgeting. Thom and Sam discuss five way...
Nov-15-2019

Five Major Reasons Your Church May Be Stuck


Podcast Episode #588 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify From church idols to church busyness, Thom and Sam discuss the major reasons why your c...
Nov-12-2019

Five Problems with Too Many “Main Things” in a Church


Podcast Episode #587 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Today Thom and Sam discuss five problems of having too many “main things.” As the frequ...
Nov-08-2019

Four Things Your Church Should Know about Fostering a Church


Podcast Episode #586 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify In today’s episode, Thom interviews Sam about four things your church should know about...
Nov-05-2019

Four Often Neglected Practices of Most Leaders


Podcast Episode #585 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Today Thom and Sam welcome Joel Wayne, lead pastor for Chapel Pointe in Hudsonville, Mi...
Nov-01-2019

Six Seismic Shifts in Church Health


Podcast Episode #584 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Thom and Sam are joined by Dr. Chuck Lawless from Southeastern Seminary. Today’s discus...
Oct-29-2019

Four Reasons Why Many Welcoming Churches Have Become Less Welcoming


Podcast Episode #583 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Does your welcoming ministry feel stale and stagnant? In today’s episode, Thom and Sam ...
Oct-25-2019

Six Ways Churches Are Dealing with Parking Shortages


Podcast Episode #582 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify In this episode, Thom and Sam discuss a key barrier to church growth, parking. If you a...
Oct-22-2019

Five Common Ways Church Leaders Respond to Overload Anxiety – Rainer on Leadership #581


Podcast Episode #581 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Today’s episode is an important topic in the life of the church leader. Anxiety could c...
Oct-18-2019

Six Questions to Consider If a Staff Member Becomes a Candidate to Be Pastor – Rainer on Leadership #580


Podcast Episode #580 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Thom and Sam discuss the possible scenarios in which a staff member can transition into...
Oct-15-2019

How to Build a Worship Ministry When You Have Nothing and Nobody – Rainer on Leadership #579


Podcast Episode #579 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Eric Roberts joins the podcast today to discuss how to build a worship ministry. Eric h...
Oct-11-2019

Five Church Membership Models – Rainer on Leadership #578


Podcast Episode #578 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Every church has varying membership requirements. In today’s podcast Thom and Sam discu...
Oct-08-2019

Five Key Reasons Many Churches Struggle to Reach Their Communities – Rainer on Leadership #577


Podcast Episode #577 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify The local church is responsible for engaging the community. Many churches today are dec...
Oct-04-2019

A Case Study of an Established Church Adopting a Struggling Church – Rainer on Leadership #576


Podcast Episode #576 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Today’s episode features new co-host Sam Rainer, Lead Pastor of West Bradenton Baptist ...
Oct-01-2019

Goodbye Jonathan, Part 2 – Rainer on Leadership #575


This is Jonathan Howe’s last episode on the podcast. For those who may have missed it, he was recently named the Vice President for Communications at the SBC Executive Committee. So today, we are s...
Sep-27-2019

Goodbye Jonathan, Part 1 – Rainer on Leadership #574


This is Jonathan Howe's last week on the podcast. For those who may have missed it, he was recently named the Vice President for Communications at the SBC Executive Committee. So this week, we are ...
Sep-24-2019

The Six Most Simple Adjustments to Become a Welcoming Church – Rainer on Leadership #573


Your church can become more welcoming regardless of how welcoming you may think it already is. Today we cover six simple adjustments that cost little to nothing that will have exponentially great r...
Sep-20-2019

Getting under the Hood of Church Giving to Increase Generosity in Your Congregation – Rainer on Leadership #572


Increasing generosity is not just about asking for more money more often. It's about building the spiritual discipline of giving.
Sep-17-2019

How Churches Should Respond to Seven Major Changes – Rainer on Leadership #571


We recently highlights seven changes are facing today. In this episode, we discuss how to combat these changes.
Sep-13-2019

Seven Ways to Hurt Your Pastor – Rainer on Leadership #570


We hear from hundreds and hundreds of pastors every week. Many of them are hurting. Today, we cover seven most common ways church members hurt their pastors.
Sep-10-2019

Leading Millennials in Your Church – Rainer on Leadership #569


Troy Pollock from Pushpay joins us today to discuss church technology and how you can better reach Millennials in your church.
Sep-06-2019

Seven Things Pastors Would Like Church Members to Know about Their Children – Rainer on Leadership #568


Children of pastors often feel like they live in glass house. Today, we take a look at an older post from ThomRainer.com on their thoughts about being seen as a pastor's kid.
Sep-03-2019

Seven Things We Should Celebrate Regularly in Our Churches – Rainer on Leadership #567


What you celebrate, you become. And today we discuss ways churches can celebrate how God is working in them and through them.
Aug-30-2019

Seven Major Ways Pastors Discern It’s Time to Leave Their Church – Rainer on Leadership #566


One of the most frequently asked questions we get asked relates to when it's time to take a pastorate or leave one. Today we cover seven ways to sense it's time to leave.
Aug-27-2019

Six Reasons Longevity Is Critical for Change Leadership – Rainer on Leadership #565


Change in a church does not happen overnight. Leading a group of people to change takes time. Today we look at six reasons why longevity is so critical to change.
Aug-23-2019

Six Reasons Pastors Must Become Change Leaders – Rainer on Leadership #564


Determining the correct pace of change is often the most important aspect of leading change—because change is needed in nearly every church situation.
Aug-20-2019

Six Reasons Why the Minimization of Numerical Metrics Is Dangerous – Rainer on Leadership #563


Metrics have a bad reputation in some churches. In others, they're too much of the focus. Today, we discus why you should take a balanced approach to metrics.
Aug-16-2019

Six Reasons Why “People Are Saying . . .” Is the Most Frustrating Comment for Church Leaders – Rainer on Leadership #562


When a pastor hears the phrase "People are saying . . . ", it brings a great deal of anxiety. But should it? Today, we discuss the reasons for the anxiety and how to deal with it.
Aug-13-2019

Five Updates on Pastoral Attire – Rainer on Leadership #561


Pastoral attire seems to be a hot issue in almost every church. Today, we discuss the response to another recent podcast on the subject and provide a few updates.
Aug-09-2019

Five Reasons Some Churches Celebrate Debt Retirement – Rainer on Leadership #560


Debt can drag down a church's finances and keep it from being able to minister as it would like to. So when a church retires its debt, it's typically a cause for celebration.
Aug-06-2019

Should Pastors Announce Their Upcoming Vacation? – Rainer on Leadership #559


Pastoral vacations can lead to some disagreements between church members—mainly on whether or not the church should know it's coming. Today we discuss both sides of the issue.
Aug-02-2019

Six Ways a Church Failed the Guest Friendliness Test – Rainer on Leadership #558


Every church thinks they're a guest friendly church. But as we discuss today, guest friendliness is not something at which every church excels.
Jul-30-2019

Six Reasons a Healthy Culture Is Imperative for Inviting Others to Church – Rainer on Leadership #557


Church culture is important to the outreach of a church, and subsequently, how much members will invite others. Today we discuss how inviting can create and improve the church culture.
Jul-26-2019

Six Ways Toxic Members Deter Invitations to Church – Rainer on Leadership #556


When toxic members are present in a church, resources are spent on overcoming the fallout of toxic members. As a result, members are less likely to invite others to church.
Jul-23-2019

Why the Pendulum on Church Metrics May Be Swinging Too Far – Rainer on Leadership #555


There is a pendulum swing in church leadership circles as it relates to the viewpoint of church metrics. Numbers and tracking numbers aren't inherently bad, but they can be abused.
Jul-19-2019

Seven Reasons Why More Churches Are Calling on Interventionists – Rainer on Leadership #554


Churches who want to become healthier often need outside eyes and a fresh perspective. Today, we discuss how consultants (interventionists) can help.
Jul-16-2019

Seven Thoughts on Pastoral Attire in Worship Services – Rainer on Leadership #553


Pastoral attire has changed dramatically over the past few decades. Today, we examine why that has happened and how to adapt to this change.
Jul-12-2019

Six Common Mistakes Made by Preachers from the Pulpit (That Might Get Them in Trouble) – Rainer on Leadership #552


Preachers sometimes say some strange things from the pulpit. Today, we discuss some of the things that get said that can cause problems for a preacher.
Jul-09-2019

10 Responses from Fired Pastors – Rainer on Leadership #551


Almost every pastor has had to deal with being fired—often for little to no reason. Today, we discuss a recent post on the topic and explain it further.
Jul-05-2019

Six Reactions to the Increase of Declining Church Stats – Rainer on Leadership #550


The pace of decline for many churches is accelerating. The stats are quite alarming. Today, we cover a recent post on the topic.
Jul-02-2019

Seven Ways Healthy Church Members Pray for Their Pastors – Rainer on Leadership #549


Church members who are unifying are church members who pray for their church. Today, we discuss seven areas that you can pray for your pastor and church staff.
Jun-28-2019

Seven Ways to Be a Unifying Church Member – Rainer on Leadership #548


Church members who are determined to be unifying can change the entire ethos of a church, and a church with unifying church members is a blessing to a pastor.
Jun-25-2019