Baby boomers are returning to church

The rebellious generation may become the religious generation.
  Thom Rainer

How and why I could fall

Patterns emerge that signal the signs of hubris for any leader.
  Thom Rainer

What I must change

This list is neither complete nor exhaustive. God is still working on me.
  Thom Rainer

5 church developments on the horizon

Yes, the times they are a-changing. And these five developments are among the most dramatic.
  Thom Rainer

6 common problems with church bylaws

Some churches use bylaws well beyond their original intent.
  Thom Rainer

Have we lost the vision for reaching our community?

We aren’t reaching people because, well, we aren’t trying to reach people.
  Thom Rainer

5 questions to ask when church members leave

I still have painful memories about the first time I experienced losing church members as a pastor.
  Thom Rainer

Avoiding the church comparison trap

Comparing your church to another church can be one of the worst things you do as a church leader.
  Thom Rainer

5 reasons many pastors struggle with depression

Many pastors really do struggle with depression.
  Thom Rainer

The dangers of echo chamber leadership

We leaders often enjoy the affirmation and adulation of others as we express our ideas, provide direction, and set future courses. Sometimes we enjoy it too much.
  Thom Rainer

The homogenous church is declining and dying

When you are in your worship services next Sunday, look at the people around you. Do they all look like you?
  Thom Rainer

Unique characteristics of churches that will break out in 2018

Even though this new year is quickly slipping into history, it is not too late to see a new opportunity to embrace new attitudes and renewed efforts in church leadership.
  Thom Rainer

5 common reasons church leaders stop leading

We have many incredible leaders in our churches today. But, perhaps more often than we admit, some church leaders stop leading.
  Thom Rainer

10 critical trends for churches in 2018

As we begin 2018, I have never seen local congregations at such a critical juncture. Amid the waves of these seas of negativity exist mercy drops of hope and possibilities.
  Thom Rainer

7 ways being nice hurts your church

See if you can identify with one or more of these issues where allowing the status quo to continue is harmful.
  Thom Rainer

7 common reasons pastors get cold feet

Many people have this naïve view that a pastor just has to preach and love people.
  Thom Rainer

4 most common reasons that get pastors fired

Pastors and other church leaders: Please heed the words in this article and don’t do stupid.
  Thom Rainer

How your church should prepare for an active shooter

Is your church prepared for an emergency situation, like what happened in Sutherland Springs, Texas?
  Thom Rainer

Changing an overcommitted church to a balanced one

What would it look like to take your church into a new season?
  Thom Rainer

6 traits of a church disrupter

He or she may not be who you expect. However, recognizing the toxic problem may lead to a faster solution.
  Thom Rainer

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Ben Marshall

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Smallgroupologist Michael Mack believes life change happens best in groups because he has experienced it ...