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.
Feb-17-2017

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.
Feb-14-2017

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.
Feb-10-2017

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.
Feb-07-2017

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.
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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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.
Dec-23-2016

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.
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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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...
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


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


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...
Oct-18-2016

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.
Oct-11-2016

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.
Oct-07-2016

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.
Oct-04-2016

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.
Sep-30-2016

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.
Sep-27-2016

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.
Sep-23-2016

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.
Sep-20-2016

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.
Sep-16-2016

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.
Sep-13-2016

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.
Sep-09-2016

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.
Sep-06-2016

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.
Sep-02-2016

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.
Aug-30-2016

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.
Aug-26-2016