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.

How to Be an Encouraging Church Member


Pastors and church staff have plenty of critics. The Church Answers team helps us understand how we can all choose to be an encouraging church member.

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Jul-07-2020

Understanding the 64% Factor: What If Everyone Showed Up at Church at the Same Time?


What would happen if everyone showed up at church at the same time? The Rainer on Leadership team will tackle this question and help us understand the 64% factor.

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Jun-23-2020

Listening and Praying Forward During a Time of Racial Reconciliation: An Interview with Pastor Tyrone Barnette


Today’s special guest is Pastor Tyrone Barnette. Pastor Barnette shares with us how to listen and pray during a time of racial reconciliation. We are thankful for his ministry and wisdom during thi...

Jun-16-2020

The Five Most Common Ways Churches Are Adding Space for Social Distancing


Churches are slowly beginning to reopen and are desiring to be responsible and safe. Listen in as we discuss the five most common ways churches are adding space for social distancing.  They already...

Jun-09-2020

Five Ways Your Church Facility Is a Tool for Ministry


You may have heard it a time or two; the church is the people, not the building. But today, we are talking about the building and five ways your church facility is a tool for ministry. 

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Jun-02-2020

Why Church Leaders Have an Incredible Window of Opportunity


At ChurchAnswers.com we have been walking with many church leaders who desire to open the window of opportunity presented as a result of the pandemic. Thom and Kevin Spratt discuss several reasons ...

May-26-2020

How to be a positive influence in the negative world of social media – An interview with New York Times bestselling author John Eldredge


Social media is a helpful tool for ministry but also a black hole for negativity. New York Times bestselling author John Eldredge joins us today to share strategies for being a positive influence i...

May-22-2020

Old Tech and New Tech Solutions You Should Keep Doing as You Return to In-Person Services


From making phone calls and writing letters to online giving and virtual discipleship, as we return to in-person services, there are many strategies your church should keep doing. Thom and Sam disc...

May-19-2020

How to Make Worship Services BETTER Right Now – An interview with Jordan Richmond


Today we welcome Jordan Richmond, worship pastor at West Bradenton Baptist Church. We discuss practical ways leaders can make worship services better right now. Jordan has been married to Heather f...

May-15-2020

Repurposing Your Church During the Pandemic- An Interview with Mike Glenn


What does it mean to repurpose your church? What would it look like to repurpose during this time of change within the church. Guest Pastor Mike Glenn visits with Thom and Sam to discuss this new o...

May-12-2020

Happy Mother’s Day with the Rainer Wives


We are incredibly thankful for the mothers in all our lives and are excited to celebrate the mothers in our lives. This very special episode of Rainer on Leadership features the wisdom and grace of...

May-08-2020

Seven Ways to Be A Better Servant Leader for Your Church


Today’s leadership lesson handles the common topic of servant leadership but with a different perspective. These seven ways to be a better servant leader for your church will hit home for many list...

May-05-2020

Creating a Financial Plan for Your Church During the Outbreak


Let’s talk finance and having a plan. Creating a financial plan for your church during this season raises many questions for pastors. Church leaders need to embrace this critical step as they lead ...

May-01-2020

The Temporary Normal including a Post-Coronavirus Facility Reopening Checklist from Smart Church Solutions


In this edition of Rainer on Leadership, Thom and Sam interview Tim Cool, founder and chief solutions officer of Smart Church Solutions. Tim shares his checklist for reopening your facilities in th...

Apr-28-2020

Five Hard Things Churches Must Do Right Now


This season of isolation and social distancing has forced churches around the country to make hard decisions without an idea of what the other side holds. Listen in as Thom and Sam discuss the ques...

Apr-24-2020

Why Your Church Must Move to Both Digital AND Automated Giving Immediately (Interview with Jess Rainer)


In a time when most churches are holding virtual services, Thom and Sam speak with Jess Rainer regarding best practices and benefits in moving to both digital and automated giving immediately. What...

Apr-21-2020

What Churches Are Learning in the Digital World


The current crisis has disrupted the normal practices of almost every church in America. From streaming services to digital giving, church leaders are learning quickly about the digital world and t...

Apr-17-2020

“Why Are Christians Reluctant to Talk about Earning Money?” An Interview with Art Rainer, promoting his new book, Find More Money


There are those out there who need to focus on expenses and creating a budget. But there is another segment struggling to figure out how to create more income. Thom and Sam talk with Art Rainer abo...

Apr-14-2020

Keeping Your Spirits Up When Your World is Down


Our listeners are waiting to return to in-person gatherings. But on this Good Friday, the Church Answers team wants to provide hope and encouragement by providing some helpful tips to keep your spi...

Apr-10-2020

The Vision-Driven Leader: An Interview with Michael Hyatt


Vision is more than a mission and much more than core values. Clarity birthed from a strong vision is imperative to the success of any leader. Today’s special guest, Michael Hyatt, founder and CEO ...

Apr-07-2020

Leading The Church When You Doubt Yourself


If you are a pastor you are going to have seasons of doubt during leadership. Disruption can cause added stress and make leaders question their decisions. So how do we answer this universal questio...

Apr-03-2020

Leading Your Church When So Much Is Unknown


Every article dealing with the Coronavirus is a rehash of what everyone knows; we are in turbulent times. For leaders it is crucial to lead well even when so much is unknown. Thom and Sam discuss s...

Mar-31-2020

Understanding Church Disruption


What do you think when you hear the word disrupted? When you’re thinking of that word it can be negative, but the reality is that the greatest movements in the church have occurred due to disruptio...

Mar-27-2020

Speaking and Preaching to a Virtual Audience


The COVID-19 crisis has led churches to adopt a completely virtual format. These new platforms require pastors and leaders to evaluate and transform their normal styles of communicating with their ...

Mar-24-2020

Preparing Your Family for a Ministry Transition


You are thinking about making a ministry transition. Maybe you will be visiting the church soon or perhaps the church has already called you to this new opportunity. Hopefully, you have already beg...

Mar-20-2020

Should You Publish a Book?


When thinking about writing and publishing a book there are a lot of questions. What’s the reason for writing, what should the process look like, and what are my publishing options are just a few o...

Mar-17-2020

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


In today’s episode we talk with Josh Teis, pastor of Southern Hills located in Las Vegas Josh Teis. Along with an incredible church, Josh has also initiated an incredible movement called Idea Netwo...

Mar-13-2020

Which Methods of Personal Communication Work Best in the Church?


It is a common question asked by church leaders, especially pastors. What are some of the ways in which I can communicate interpersonally within the church to individuals or small groups who need t...

Mar-10-2020

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


Churches with different types of worship services have probably felt the difference. Music, attendance, and personalities are big factors in creating energy within a worship service. In today’s epi...

Mar-06-2020

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


There are many reasons a staff member may announce their resignation. There are an equal amount of questions as to how long the staff member should stay after they announce their resignation. Thom ...

Mar-03-2020

How Church Leaders Deal with Gossip in the Church


Gossip is an issue dealt with in scripture and a habit Christians are mandated not to take part in, but is unfortunately still a problem leaders deal with on a consistent basis. How do leaders deal...

Feb-28-2020

Four Major Changes in Preaching the Past Decade


You may feel like an expert on the topic of preaching, but we often don’t evaluate the changes taking place in the world of preaching. We will focus on four major changes to preaching within the pa...

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


Vance Pitman is one of our favorite leaders. We are excited to share our recent interview with Vance as he shares his journey and the story behind his powerful new book, “Unburdened: Stop Living fo...

Feb-21-2020

A New Way to Know Your Community


To say we are excited about this new report is an understatement. Church Answers now offers an incredible demographic and psychographic report known as Know Your Community. A basic name for this in...

Feb-18-2020

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


The issue at hand is sensitive, but we want to provide clarity on best practices. How do you respond to key leaders who don’t attend church faithfully? Listen in as Thom and Sam provide five option...

Feb-14-2020

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


Where do you find meaning in life? Family, career, your faith? Thom and Sam dive into current data from Pew Research to discover where many Americans find meaning in life and how it practically app...

Feb-11-2020

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


We think this episode is unique because of its specificity. Over the course of today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership, Thom and Sam debate the pros and cons of keeping pastoral candidates’ identit...

Feb-07-2020

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


Chuck Lawless from the Church Answers team joins us to talk about an exciting new tool created by Southeastern Seminary. The Church Future Indicator is a free tool everyone will want to get ahold o...

Feb-04-2020

Three More Trends for Churches in 2020


Thom and Sam continue their conversation from episode #610 examining major trends churches can anticipate and prepare for in the coming year. While some of these trends will seem familiar, others w...

Jan-31-2020

Four Trends for Churches in 2020


We are one month into 2020 and there is much we can learn about anticipated trends and how churches can begin to connect the dots and prepare for the future. While some trends you will expect, othe...

Jan-28-2020

The Most Significant Single Changes in Turnaround Churches: Five Examples


Using research gleaned from the successes of turnaround churches, Thom and Sam reveal the five most significant single changes made by a turnaround church. Highlights: Concerted and intentional cor...

Jan-24-2020

Four Lessons Pastors of Struggling Churches Are Learning from Each Other


If you can afford Netflix you can afford an online community where pastors can come together regularly at Church Answers Central. Today’s post comes from the blessing of pastors who have decided to...

Jan-21-2020

Conducting a Funeral for a Newborn or Still Born Baby


Our hope and prayer is for you to never need this podcast but our goal is to help leaders and prepare them for a variety of difficult situations. Today’s episode is sobering but helpful in giving g...

Jan-17-2020

Four Signs of Bad Church Bylaws


While the thought of church bylaws may not interest you at first, what you don’t know about the complicated nature of church governing may very well lead to trouble. In today’s episode, Thom and Sa...

Jan-14-2020

Four Occasions When Your Church May Need a Transitional Pastor


Has a long-term pastor in your church retired? Is your church in crisis or conflict? Has the community surrounding you changed significantly? Sometimes churches are in need of a transitional pastor...

Jan-10-2020

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


But wait! There’s more. Part two of Thom and Sam’s discussion on success stories from churches on the verge of dying but recovered and are now thriving. Highlights: First 3 lessons covered episode ...

Jan-07-2020

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


We talk about some really great news today. Thom and Sam discuss lessons learned from churches on the cusp of death who recovered and are now thriving. Highlights: There is always hope for churches...

Jan-03-2020

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


For Thom, it’s a present reality, for Sam it’s a prayer for the future. Listen as Thom and Sam discuss the attitudes each pray to avoid as senior adults in the church.

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Dec-31-2019

Five Healthy Practices When Members of Another Church Visit Your Church


There are good reasons and bad reasons to move from church to church. As leaders, it is important to understand healthy practices for when members of another church visit your church. Highlights: L...

Dec-27-2019