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The Resuscitated Church

By Thom Rainer She was on her deathbed. Every breath was laborious. Every breath was more difficult. Those who surrounded her knew the end was imminent. It was only matter of time—a very brief time. But the impossible became the possible. The dying lady survived. In fact, she not only survived, her outlook is very […]

At What Age Should a Pastor Retire? T...

By Thom Rainer There are a lot of us Baby Boomer pastors and Christian leaders around. And it’s cliché, but we aren’t getting any younger. It’s a quiet question that many are asking, but they are asking it nonetheless: What age should I retire? Instead of responding with a specific number, I ask my Baby […]

Beginning Your Board’s Leadersh...

By Nathan Kirkpatrick Download the article Beginning Your Board’s Leadership Together

Ten Reasons Why Many Churches Aren...

By Thom Rainer Eighteen months ago, I reported on a Twitter poll that asked why churches aren’t evangelistic. Since that time, I have followed up by asking the same question of church leaders in both evangelistic and non-evangelistic churches. I could cite you a plethora of statistics that demonstrate the evangelistic apathy of most of […]

Cooperative Ministry Spectrum

By David Sprang There are a variety of cooperative ministries. Download this spectrum to help visualize the various options. Process for Discernment: Listen to God – prayer and bible study Listen to each other – discussion Listen to the community – one on one conversations Formulation of guiding statement and covenant Develop a plan of action […]

Five Things I Pray I Will Not Do as a...

By Thom Rainer I received my first AARP material in the mail six years ago. I turned 61 years old two days ago. One of my sons says I am fossilized. I am a senior adult. Have I noticed any differences in my life at this age? Certainly. I move more slowly. My idea of […]

Fundamentals of Renewing The Church

By David Sprang Congregations are either in a constant state of renewal or on a downward trajectory. The most common factor in a declining congregation is being inward focused. Here are helpful ways to work on renewal. Download to Read More

The Most Common Factor in Declining C...

I am honored and humbled to be in a place where I get to hear from and study about thousands of churches. The leaders and congregants in those churches provide me with incredible information and data. I am grateful, because I’m not smart enough to understand these issues on my own. As God has allowed […]

The Three Most Common Sentences of Dy...

By Thom Ranier If churches could speak, what would their words be on their deathbeds? You don’t have to wait until a church closes its doors to hear some of the sentences that led to its death. Indeed, these three sentences, or something similar to the words, are pervasive in too many churches. 1. “We’ve […]

Eight Mistakes Churches Make on Their...

By Jonathan Howe Your church’s website acts as the front door of your church. It’s likely the first place a guest will look for information about your church. I’ve written in the past about what is essential for effective church websites, but today I turn my attention to what churches often lack on their website. Here […]