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.

Understanding Church Disruption


Podcast Episode #627 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify What do you think when you hear the word disrupted? When you’re thinking of that word i...
Mar-27-2020

Speaking and Preaching to a Virtual Audience


Podcast Episode #626 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify The COVID-19 crisis has led churches to adopt a completely virtual format. These new pl...
Mar-24-2020

Preparing Your Family for a Ministry Transition


Podcast Episode #625 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify You are thinking about making a ministry transition. Maybe you will be visiting the chu...
Mar-20-2020

Should You Publish a Book?


Podcast Episode #624 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify When thinking about writing and publishing a book there are a lot of questions. What’s ...
Mar-17-2020

Why Joy is So Effective (and Underestimated) When Leading Others – Interview with Josh Teis


Podcast Episode #623 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify In today’s episode we talk with Josh Teis, pastor of Southern Hills located in Las Vega...
Mar-13-2020

Which Methods of Personal Communication Work Best in the Church?


Podcast Episode #622 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify It is a common question asked by church leaders, especially pastors. What are some of t...
Mar-10-2020

Why Do Different Worship Services Seem to Have Different Levels of Energy?


Podcast Episode #621 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Churches with different types of worship services have probably felt the difference. Mu...
Mar-06-2020

How Long Should Church Staff Members Stay after They Announce Their Resignations?


Podcast Episode #620 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify There are many reasons a staff member may announce their resignation. There are an equa...
Mar-03-2020

How Church Leaders Deal with Gossip in the Church


Podcast Episode #619 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Gossip is an issue dealt with in scripture and a habit Christians are mandated not to t...
Feb-28-2020

Four Major Changes in Preaching the Past Decade


Podcast Episode #618 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify You may feel like an expert on the topic of preaching, but we often don’t evaluate the ...
Feb-25-2020

Interview with Vance Pitman on the topic of his new book, Unburdened: Stop Living for Jesus So Jesus Can Live through You


Podcast Episode #617 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Vance Pitman is one of our favorite leaders. We are excited to share our recent intervi...
Feb-21-2020

A New Way to Know Your Community


Podcast Episode #616 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify To say we are excited about this new report is an understatement. Church Answers now of...
Feb-18-2020

How to Respond When Church Members Hold Key Leadership Positions But Don’t Attend Faithfully


Podcast Episode #615 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify The issue at hand is sensitive, but we want to provide clarity on best practices. How d...
Feb-14-2020

Where Many Americans Find Meaning in Life and How It Affects Your Church


Podcast Episode #614 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Where do you find meaning in life? Family, career, your faith? Thom and Sam dive into c...
Feb-11-2020

Should Pastoral Candidates’ Identities Be Kept Confidential until They Are Formally Presented to the Church? Point/Counterpoint


Podcast Episode #613 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify We think this episode is unique because of its specificity. Over the course of today’s ...
Feb-07-2020

A Tool to Give You an Idea Where Your Church Is Headed in the Future


Podcast Episode #612 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Chuck Lawless from the Church Answers team joins us to talk about an exciting new tool ...
Feb-04-2020

Three More Trends for Churches in 2020


Podcast Episode #611 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Thom and Sam continue their conversation from episode #610 examining major trends churc...
Jan-31-2020

Four Trends for Churches in 2020


Podcast Episode #610 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify We are one month into 2020 and there is much we can learn about anticipated trends and ...
Jan-28-2020

The Most Significant Single Changes in Turnaround Churches: Five Examples


Podcast Episode #609 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Using research gleaned from the successes of turnaround churches, Thom and Sam reveal t...
Jan-24-2020

Four Lessons Pastors of Struggling Churches Are Learning from Each Other


Podcast Episode #608 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify If you can afford Netflix you can afford an online community where pastors can come tog...
Jan-21-2020

Conducting a Funeral for a Newborn or Still Born Baby


Podcast Episode #607 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Our hope and prayer is for you to never need this podcast but our goal is to help leade...
Jan-17-2020

Four Signs of Bad Church Bylaws


Podcast Episode #606 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify While the thought of church bylaws may not interest you at first, what you don’t know a...
Jan-14-2020

Four Occasions When Your Church May Need a Transitional Pastor


Podcast Episode #605 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Has a long-term pastor in your church retired? Is your church in crisis or conflict? Ha...
Jan-10-2020

Lessons Learned from Churches That Almost Died but Didn’t (Part 2)


Podcast Episode #604 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify But wait! There’s more. Part two of Thom and Sam’s discussion on success stories from c...
Jan-07-2020

Lessons Learned from Churches That Almost Died but Didn’t (Part 1)


Podcast Episode #603 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify We talk about some really great news today. Thom and Sam discuss lessons learned from c...
Jan-03-2020

Six Things I Pray I Won’t Do as a Senior Adult in My Church


Podcast Episode #602 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify For Thom, it’s a present reality, for Sam it’s a prayer for the future. Listen as Thom ...
Dec-31-2019

Five Healthy Practices When Members of Another Church Visit Your Church


Podcast Episode #601 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify There are good reasons and bad reasons to move from church to church. As leaders, it is...
Dec-27-2019

Update on Church Welcoming Ministries: What’s Missing?


Podcast Episode #600 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify The welcoming ministry at your church is incredibly vital to the growth of your church....
Dec-24-2019

Four Occasions When a Pastor Should Draw a Line in the Sand


Podcast Episode #599 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify Nations on the verge of war use it. A group of children on the playground may even phys...
Dec-20-2019

Understanding the Differences between Church Adoption, Church Fostering, and Church Revitalization


Podcast Episode #598 SUBSCRIBE: iTunes • RSS • Stitcher • TuneIn Radio • Google Play • iHeart Radio • Spotify What is the difference between church adoption, church fostering, and church revitaliza...
Dec-17-2019

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