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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike Harland joins us to answer one of the biggest questions in church worship services today: why is it so loud?
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.
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.
Data shows pastoral tenure is increasing. Today we examine why more pastorates are reaching double digit tenure.
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 a...
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.
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.
We asked our members at Church Answers for the wildest criticisms they had ever received. The answers did not disappoint.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We recently ran a Twitter poll to find out the most dealt with sacred cows in churches. The responses were both hilarious and worrisome.
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.
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 ho...
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.
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 cours...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discipleship is something churches say they do, but also something they don't always really understand. Today we explain why.
Tim Cool joins us to discuss facility management and why a free building could be the most expensive building your church has.
Many churches aspire to excellence, but unfortunately many of them miss the mark. Today we discuss how to excel in your church.
Burnout is a real issue for many, and pastors are not exempt. Today we discuss how church members can help their pastor avoid it.
Pastoral transition happens all the time. Today we discuss what makes for a successful interim pastorate and how InterimPastor.University can help.
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.
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.
William Vanderbloemen joins us to discuss the problems churches often face when they are pastorless.
If churches want the next generation of members to give to their full potential, digital giving options are a must. Today, we explain why.
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.
Shannon Miles joins us today to discuss her new book, The Third Option, and the rise of working from home.
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.
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.
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 subjec...
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 U...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Josh Bryant, the Church Law Guru, joins us to discuss how your church can prepare for and respond to a #MeToo accusation.
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.
Chris Martin, the Millennial Evangelical, joins us to discuss Ministering to Millennials and how your church can better equip and engage Millennials.