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

8 major changes in churches the past 10 years

Change or die. Such has been the reality of too many congregations.
  Thom Rainer

7 personality types of sick churches

Sick churches become dying churches. Dying churches become closed churches.
  Thom Rainer

7 ways to deal with gnats in ministry

All who serve in vocational ministry know about gnats. They come with the call.
  Thom Rainer

10 ways pastors can be great bosses

Just as there can be bad pastor-bosses, there are example of great pastor-bosses.
  Thom Rainer

5 reasons you should use goal setting for evangelism

Setting goals in the church may feel awkward, but what if it propels your team toward something greater?
  Thom Rainer

7 steps to take if the cartel and bullies run you out of the church

Are you a victim of bullying within the church walls? Here's how to recover.
  Thom Rainer

12 key reasons for staff conflict

Conflict is certainly not unique with church staff. But among the several reasons for staff conflict, there are some that seem to be more pervasive with these relationships than others.
  Thom Rainer

7 relational skills possessed by effective church leaders

Do you have relational skills? Need to improve them?
  Thom Rainer

10 Commandments for pastors regarding politics and social media

Something to consider before posting their political views or opinions on social media.
  Thom Rainer

The 10 Commandments for church parking lots

Neglecting practical ministry is to unwise and perhaps sinful.
  Thom Rainer

7 traits of churches with increasing per-member giving

The important question for congregations to consider is—what is the average giving by each member?
  Thom Rainer

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We love because [God] first loved us.
1 John 4:19 (ESV)
Mark Lenz
Mark J. Lenz is a pastor with a masters degree in Organizational Leadership. He is ...
Mike Bonem

Mike Bonem is an author, consultant, speaker, church leader, businessperson, husband and father. He loves ...