Thom Rainer

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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.

FIRST-PERSON: Seven mistakes I made in ministry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--My wife and I were in a conversation recently about our years together.

FIRST-PERSON: Why not me Lord?

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Please forgive me for the personal nature of this column.

FIRST-PERSON: 7 characteristics of evangelistic Christians

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--For more than 20 years I have been researching and studying churches, primarily those in North America.