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.

Four Essentials for Ministering to Men — Rainer on Leadership #303

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.

How to Respond When You’re Forced Out of a Church – Rainer on Leadership #302

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.

How to Respond When a Staff Member Has an Affair – Rainer on Leadership #301

Extramarital affairs by pastors and staff are a reality and when it happens, churches need to be prepared.

What to Include in a Visitor Welcome Packet and Other Listener Questions – Rainer on Leadership #300

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.

Leading Change in an Established Church, featuring Jimmy Scroggins – Rainer on Leadership #299

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.

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.

Seven Questions to Ask When You’re Not Hired Near Unanimously – Rainer on Leadership #297

Unanimous votes are rare when pastors are hired. But what if the vote isn't even close to unanimous?

Why Smaller Churches Are Going Multisite – Rainer on Leadership #296

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.

Six Statements That Could Kill a Church – Rainer on Leadership #295

When you hear these statements often as a pastor, you should be concerned. These statements are often lead indicators of church death.

Marketplace Bivocational Ministry, featuring Jimmy Scroggins – Rainer on Leadership #294

Jimmy Scroggins returns to talk bivocational marketplace ministry and church-based ministry training.

How to Adjust When Church Giving Decreases – Rainer on Leadership #293

Last week we discussed how to respond when church giving increases. Today, we look at the other side of the coin—decreased giving.

How to Renew Evangelistic Growth in Your Church – Rainer on Leadership #292

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.

How to Adjust When Church Giving Increases – Rainer on Leadership #291

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.

10 Major Trends for Churches in 2017 – Rainer on Leadership #290

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.

How to Kill an Ineffective Program or Ministry – Rainer on Leadership #288

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.

Multi-Site Church for the Rest of Us, featuring Jimmy Scroggins – Rainer on Leadership #287

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.

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.

Six Surprising Insights Regarding Church Budgets and Salaries – Rainer on Leadership #285

Today we examine six trends in church budgeting and salaries that affect churches of any size or denomination.

Invite Your One featuring Jeremy Roberts – Rainer on Leadership #284

Invite Your One is an intentional high-attendance Sunday on which your church members are encouraged to invite others to church.

Worship and the Next Generation featuring Mark Hall – Rainer on Leadership #283

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.

The Relationship Between a Pastor and Worship Leader featuring Jim Shaddix – Rainer on Leadership #282

Jim Shaddix joins us to discuss what a healthy relationship between the pastor and worship leader looks like in the local church.

The Intersection of Theology and Worship featuring Louie Giglio – Rainer on Leadership #281

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.

Four Qualities of an Effective Worship Leader – Rainer on Leadership #280

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.

8 Causes of Concern for Bible Belt Churches – Rainer on Leadership #279

When I look at what is happening in the Bible Belt, there are causes for concern as well as opportunities for growth.

5 Ways to Stop Decline in a Church – Rainer on Leadership #278

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.

12 Ways to Handle Staff Conflict – Rainer on Leadership #277

Healthy churches have healthy church staffs, but unresolved staff conflict can harm a church staff and keep a church from realizing her full potential.

8 Signs of a Financially Dying Church – Rainer on Leadership #276

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.

10 Keys to Reaching Unchurched People at Christmas – Rainer on Leadership #275

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.

How to Handle Bad Church Guest Experiences – Rainer on Leadership #274

Drawing from a recent post on bad church guest experiences, we discuss how churches can respond to or avoid some of these issues.

Why Churches Move from Growth to Maintenance – Rainer on Leadership #273

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.

Church Compensation Trends featuring William Vanderbloemen – Rainer on Leadership #272

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 churc...

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.

Multi-Level Marketing in the Church and Other Listener Questions – Rainer on Leadership #270

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.

Pastors and Writing with Jared C. Wilson – Rainer on Leadership #269

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 leas...

Seven Reasons Not to Have Multiple Styles of Worship – Rainer on Leadership #267

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.

Cultural Crisis and the Church, featuring Dr. Albert Mohler – Rainer on Leadership #266

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.

Why Churches Really Aren’t Friendly to Guests – Rainer on Leadership #265

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.

Four Reasons People Are Dropping Out of Church – Rainer on Leadership #264

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.

Why Pastors Shouldn’t be the Only Ones Visiting Members – Rainer on Leadership #263

This recent post at ThomRainer.com sparked an intense debate on the subject of pastors and visitation.

Discerning Your Call to Ministry, Featuring Dr. Jason Allen – Rainer on Leadership #262

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.

Worship Leading Relationship between the Pastor and Music Leader – Rainer on Leadership #261

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.

Nine Virtual Realities for Churches – Rainer on Leadership #260

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.

Four Models of Dying Churches – Rainer on Leadership #259

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.

Why You Should Consider Not Requiring Office Hours for Ministerial Staff – Rainer on Leadership #258

Reflecting on a post by Sam Rainer, we discuss the parameters of when office hours are needed—and not needed—for church staff.

Tools of the Trade for Pastors and Staff – Rainer on Leadership #257

Other than salary and benefits, these ministry tools of the trade can be some of the most helpful for pastors and church staff.

Why Church Members Choose One Worship Service Over Another – Rainer on Leadership #256

As multiple worship services become more normative, the reasons people choose one worship service over another are not quite as simple as worship style.

Keys to a Multi-Generational Worship Ministry – Rainer on Leadership #255

Mike Harland joins us again to discuss worship in the church and how multiple styles can segregate generations within a local community of faith.

Eight Traits of Church Bullies – Rainer on Leadership #254

Church bullies are a problem in many churches. Here are eight ways to spot them in your church.