Thom Rainer

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Is passing the plate dead? 7 thoughts

For hundreds of thousands of churches, the tradition stood the test of time. The majority of churches passed the offering plate (or some type of receptacle) during a designated time of the worship service typically called “the offertory.”

Pastor Whiplash Syndrome: 5 causes

The metaphor has changed. For most of my ministry, we often referred to the up and down of pastoral ministry as a roller coaster. It made sense. One day the pastor will celebrate five new believers in Christ. The next day the pastor is met by a long-term church member who is leaving the church because she is not getting fed (I really loathe that excuse to leave.).

Seven Factors Hindering Evangelism in Churches

There is no shortage of pundits who are providing to us the gloomy and dismal state of American congregations, and, indeed, of many churches around the world. For sure, I am among the guilty. While personal evangelism is ultimately a heart issue between Christians and God, we do see ways this disobedience to the Great Commission is manifesting itself.

FIRST-PERSON: Five types of church members who will not return after the quarantine

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- It is one of the most common questions we get from church leaders: When will all the church members return to in-person services?

FIRST PERSON: Henry Blackaby & social media

Thom Rainer marvels at the positive use of social media for God's glory during the disappearance of Christian author Henry Blackaby.

FIRST PERSON: Protect our children (lessons from Penn State)

Churches can learn lessons from the cover-up of child abuse at Penn State, says columnist and LifeWay President Thom Rainer.

FIRST-PERSON: 4 mistakes I made as a father

With the goal of helping other parents, columnist and Southern Baptist leader Thom Rainier lists four mistakes he made as a father.

FIRST-PERSON: Courageous: a movie, a movement

The movie "Courageous" could be the beginning of a movement that would have a tremendous impact on families, says columnist Thom Rainer.

A Great God and a Great Hope for the Future

When I am asked to describe LifeWay in a phrase, I encapsulate it in this way: “We are a ministry built on a business model.”   These two components—ministry and business—are essential to what we do. The business aspect of LifeWay helps us provide ministry resources to churches and individuals around the world. Our vision statement captures this idea well: As God works through us ... We will help people and churches know Jesus Christ and seek His Kingdom by providing biblical solutions that spiritually transform individuals and cultures.

FIRST-PERSON: Straight talk to church members about pastors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--I know. Pastors aren't perfect. But they do have one of the toughest jobs in the world.

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