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

The overcommitted church

Many churches have become too busy for their own good.
  Thom Rainer

Why it takes 5 to 7 years to become the pastor

You are ready to lead and move the church forward, but not without dealing with these obstacles.
  Thom Rainer

10 tough pieces of advice you'll want to consider

The last thing pastors need is someone to offer them advice.
  Thom Rainer

7 costs to being an evangelistic leader

Why has the topic of evangelism grown strangely quiet?
  Thom Rainer

5 terrible reasons to enter vocational ministry

I’ve seen too many people in vocational ministry fail to launch.
  Thom Rainer

8 signs your church may be closing soon

We call it the death spiral. By the time I am contacted about a serious problem in a church, it is often too late.
  Thom Rainer

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For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13 (NLT)
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