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Mark and Thom delve into the issue of changing your church’s name. They suggest asking five questions. Too many church leaders have made big mistakes by not asking these questions: 1. Is there a compelling reason to change the name? 2. Is the reason for changing the name more positive than negative? 3. Have I asked the opinion of key influencers in…
 
On this episode, we sit down with Thom Rainer to talk about his newest book, The Post-Quarantine Church. Josh Teis Social Media Website - joshteis.com Twitter - @joshteis Instagram -@joshuateis Facebook - facebook.com/joshuateis Drew Polanycia Social Media Website - drewpolanycia.com Twitter -@drewpolanycia Instagram - @andrewpolanycia Facebook - f…
 
Nobody is certain of the future, but this year is more uncertain than most. On today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership, Thom and Sam discuss ways to lead your church forward in an uncertain year. Nobody is certain of the future, but this year is more uncertain than most. The importance of spiritual disciplines and discipleship remains, but they alo…
 
The small group ministry of a church has always been a vital ministry of a congregation. In this episode, Kevin and Thom share why the ministry is more important in a post-COVID world. 1. Assimilation will be critical and fragile in the regathering stage. 2. There will be an immediate desire for connections as the church regathers. 3. Your church’s…
 
Like people in other professions, pastors are exhausted and struggling with decision fatigue. A great reshuffling is occurring. Many pastors and church staff are considering a transition. On today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership Thom and Sam interview Dee Ann Turner about how you can successfully transition to a new role. Dee Ann Turner CEO, Dee …
 
In this episode, Thom interviews Mark about his work in the replant of Linwood Baptist Church. You will not want to miss some of the stories and invaluable lessons about replanting or adopting a church. What is the background of this replant? How did the church get to its near-death state? What are some of the greatest successes thus far? What are …
 
On this episode, we talk about a current chapter in Josh's newly released book, The Quest for Friendship Josh Teis Social Media Website - joshteis.com Twitter - @joshteis Instagram -@joshuateis Facebook - facebook.com/joshuateis Drew Polanycia Social Media Website - drewpolanycia.com Twitter -@drewpolanycia Instagram - @andrewpolanycia Facebook - f…
 
1. They have not been trained to handle personal finances. 2. They don’t practice money milestones. 3. They are busy serving others. 4. They have an attitude of “It can wait.” 5. They don’t have an “emergency kit.” Resources: How Your Church Can Reach People In a Post-COVID World Ebook “The Essential Emergency Binder” More Than Money Podcast ArtRai…
 
It is a reality for most churches. Many members will not return when the church regathers. Leaders must prepare for that reality. Kevin and Thom discuss how to best approach this issue. Be prepared for around 20% not to return. Understand that the departure for many of them was already in place before COVID. Low expectation churches are partly to b…
 
Every leader experiences seasons of exhaustion. It is important to discern between exhaustion and burnout. Do not let the urgent make you lose sight of the important. Temporarily avoid the people who drain your energy. Create a strict schedule that includes enough rest and stick to it. Dedicate more time to prayer, God’s Word, and something that yo…
 
Church leaders are often shocked to discover many of their most faithful volunteers have not returned to their ministries. Mark and Thom look at five ways to jump-start your church’s volunteer ministry base: Restart your new members class with the expectation of being involved in ministry. Ask for eight-week commitments. Ask members who have never …
 
On today's episode, we sit down with Steve Miller and talk about his journey of transitioning to a Senior Pastor Role. Josh Teis Social Media Website - joshteis.com Twitter - @joshteis Instagram -@joshuateis Facebook - facebook.com/joshuateis Drew Polanycia Social Media Website - drewpolanycia.com Twitter -@drewpolanycia Instagram - @andrewpolanyci…
 
Many churches did not hold in-person Easter services last year, but this year we are expecting the majority to do so. While the priority of celebrating the resurrection remains, this Easter may feel differently for people. For some, it will be their first Sunday back in over a year. On this episode, we discuss a few ways to prepare for in-person Ea…
 
In this episode, Kevin and Thom provide an updated assessment of how the pandemic has affected revitalization of churches. Enjoy it — there is some good news in this podcast. Good: Many church leaders have become more focused. Bad: Church leaders are weary, and leading revitalization and replanting has become more exhausting. Good: The members who …
 
On today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership, Thom and Sam interview Dr. Gregory L. Jantz, an expert in treating depression and anxiety. Dr. Jantz provides a leading-edge framework for understanding and overcoming any type or level of anxiety, and provides a new plan for hope, equipping people to fight despair and regain the joy they’ve been missing.…
 
Lay leaders often contact us in a bit of a shock when their pastor just quit, especially if it’s sudden with no apparent moral failure. Mark and Thom look at five common reasons pastors are quitting today. They are just worn out. They took the “wrong” side of a political issue. They ran into a controlling bully of whom few members are aware. They d…
 
On today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership Sam Rainer and Thom Rainer discuss how to handle an unruly business or leadership meeting. Even the best churches have meetings that go sideways. Surprise attacks happen, but sometimes you feel something is about to happen. You often do not have much time to respond, but pray before making a rash decision.…
 
On today's episode, we sit down with Cary Schmidt to discuss his brand new book Stop Trying. Josh Teis Social Media Website - joshteis.com Twitter - @joshteis Instagram -@joshuateis Facebook - facebook.com/joshuateis Drew Polanycia Social Media Website - drewpolanycia.com Twitter -@drewpolanycia Instagram - @andrewpolanycia Facebook - facebook.com/…
 
Thom and Kevin look at the fragile nature of churches in revitalization, and how disrupted unity can totally destroy revitalization momentum. Even better, though, they offer some concrete solutions to overcome disunity. Revitalizing churches are already fragile. Resources of time, energy, and emotions are diverted from the Great Commission. Most ch…
 
On today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership Sam Rainer and Thom Rainer discuss five major ways church giving has changed. Ten percent plus givers are becoming fewer quickly. Giving to vision has never been more important. Denominational support is waning dramatically. Churches must behave more like other nonprofits to seek sufficient financial suppo…
 
On today’s episode of Revitalize & Replant Mark Clifton talks about four ways to address preaching burnout in a replant or revitalization. Remember that the apparent lack of responses of the members may not be indicative of the work God is doing through your preaching. Share the preaching load with others. Seek prayer intercessors for your preachin…
 
On today's episode, we talk about the brand new release of Josh's new book The Quest for Friendship. Josh Teis Social Media Website - joshteis.com Twitter - @joshteis Instagram -@joshuateis Facebook - facebook.com/joshuateis Drew Polanycia Social Media Website - drewpolanycia.com Twitter -@drewpolanycia Instagram - @andrewpolanycia Facebook - faceb…
 
On today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership, Sam Rainer and Thom Rainer discuss four mindset changes church leaders must make in 2021. 2019 is not coming back. Evangelism is not just another ministry. You can’t hold on to all of your members at any cost. Giving will not be the same. Resources mentioned in today’s podcast: Evangelism in the Early Chu…
 
On today’s episode of Revitalize & Replant Thom Rainer and Kevin Ezell talk about the five most common times of conflict in church revitalization. When you change the music When you change the name of the church When the newberries are the same number as the oldberries When an iconic part of the facilities is changed or eliminated When you go again…
 
Eric Geiger is the Senior Pastor of Mariners Church in Irvine, California. Before moving to Southern California, Eric served as senior vice-president for LifeWay Christian Resources. Eric received his doctorate in leadership and church ministry from Southern Seminary. Eric has authored or co-authored several books including the best-selling church …
 
We all know change is hard. The idea of church adoption is becoming more appealing to change-resistant members. Thom and Mark discuss four reasons why. The pandemic has exacerbated the problems of declining church health. The change-resistant members are becoming fewer in number. Many of these members have seen their friends and family leave the ch…
 
On today's episode, we talk about how you can become a Charter Member of the Idea Network as well as the benefits. Josh Teis Social Media Website - joshteis.com Twitter - @joshteis Instagram -@joshuateis Facebook - facebook.com/joshuateis Drew Polanycia Social Media Website - drewpolanycia.com Twitter -@drewpolanycia Instagram - @andrewpolanycia Fa…
 
Thom and Sam have a fascinating discussion regarding the number one missing ingredient in church leadership. Accountability: It’s more than a system. It’s more than theology. It’s a spiritual discipline. Pray that God will introduce people and situations to keep you accountable. Don’t rely on just your church for accountability. Make accountability…
 
What are some things your church needs to know when looking for a pastor? Thom and Kevin share seven incredible steps to help your church as you look for a pastor. Get a clear picture of the church’s actual health. Get a clear picture of the church’s perceived health. Get a clear picture of the community the church serves. Spend more time than ever…
 
As a pastor, you are part of the body of Christ. Within the body, friendship is important, even for pastors. Thom and Sam discuss friendship with church members and offer sound advice for pastors. Yes! But we’ve all been burned… badly. Friends outside the church are necessary but often too distant. Every pastor should have at least one close friend…
 
It’s a new year and everyone is tired. As we move forward in the work of revitalizing churches, Mark and Thom share the profile of a healthy revitalizer after COVID-19. Has a realistic view of the post-COVID world. Patience, patience, patience. Is an example in evangelism. Is emotionally and spiritually prepared for conflict Has a longer-term view …
 
On this episode we talk about hair product, fighting with deacons, and training up the next generation of leaders. Josh Teis Social Media Website - joshteis.com Twitter - @joshteis Instagram -@joshuateis Facebook - facebook.com/joshuateis Drew Polanycia Social Media Website - drewpolanycia.com Twitter -@drewpolanycia Instagram - @andrewpolanycia Fa…
 
Depending on your definition, most churches fall into the category of established. Thankfully, It is no longer uncool to lead an established church. Thom and Sam talk through five often-overlooked benefits of established churches. Current revenue stream (you have at least some resources) Predetermined location (you already know where you are called…
 
The key to a strong revitalization is leadership. Today, Thom and Kevin discuss six leadership situations which will stop a revitalization dead in its tracks. Moral failure Staff or leadership conflict. When the pastor’s family is hurting deeply Majoring on minors Letting a power group rule Forgetting about the Great Commission Resources in Today’s…
 
Toni Nieuwhof joins Thom and Sam to share what every church leader needs to know about the messiness of divorce. Toni Nieuwhof is an attorney, pharmacist and church leader who, along with her husband, Carey Nieuwhof, founded Connexus Church north of Toronto Canada. Already a published author in the legal field, Toni’s first general release book on …
 
From most discouraging moments to greatest surprises of 2020, Thom and Mark answer listener questions on today’s episode of Revitalize and Replant. What was your most discouraging moment in a church revitalization? What was your most encouraging moment in a church revitalization? Do you consider yourself thin-skinned or thick-skinned? What has been…
 
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