Rainer on Leadership
Rainer on Leadership
Thom Rainer
Your online home for leadership lessons for both the church and the workplace.
How Much Should You Shepherd Church Members on Social Media?
If a church member was at the main intersection in town with a bullhorn yelling at people, then you would want to know about it. Social media is the bullhorn, and there is a lot of noise out there. While you need to be aware of what church members say online, balance is key. On this episode, Thom and Sam discuss how pastors and church leaders can shepherd the congregation on social media.  Social media is a communication tool. It becomes good or bad by how you use it. Completely avoiding social media is a mistake. Immersing yourself in social media is a mistake as well. You don't need to know everything people say online, but it is good to be aware of patterns in behavior on social media and elsewhere. Guard your church's social media pages and track what staff and key leaders are doing. Set the example by using social media for encouragement, not political attacks or denominational power grabs.   Resources: “Stop It!” - Bob Newhart Know Your Community   Episode Sponsors: If you're a church, school, nonprofit, values-based business, or family office, Vanderbloemen would be honored to serve you. Their team's goal is to empower yours by aligning your people solutions for growth: hiring, compensation, succession, and culture. Hire the right people. Pay them well. Plan for the future. Build a culture that lasts. Learn more at Vanderbloemen.com   Southeastern is committed to helping you get the training you need to pursue your ministry from anywhere around the world. That’s why we’re waiving the application fee to any of our programs for Church Answers listeners. Use the code “CHURCHANSWERS” and we’ll waive the fee. No matter what stage of life’s journey you find yourself in, we want to help you take your next step in getting equipped to disciple and teach others. In coming to Southeastern, you’ll find that seminary isn’t just about theological education; it’s about ministry preparation. Explore degrees, schedule a visit, or apply today at sebts.edu.
Aug 24
23 min
The Importance of Pastoral Succession for the Future Health of Your Church – An Interview with William Vanderbloemen
Pastoral succession is an important process many churches overlook. On today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership Thom and Sam talk with William Vanderbloemen about why it is important for the future health of your church now more than ever. What is pastoral succession and why is it important for the health of the church? Why is pastoral succession more important now in a post-COVID world? How does the senior pastor role of the future look different than the role does today? When should pastoral succession discussions begin? Do you have any advice on how to lead this process?   Resources: Vanderbloemen Next: Pastoral Succession That Works, Expanded and Updated by William Vanderbloemen  How Your Church Can Reach People In a Post-COVID World Ebook * Free 30-day trial Church Answers Silver membership   Episode Sponsors: If you're a church, school, nonprofit, values-based business, or family office, Vanderbloemen would be honored to serve you. Their team's goal is to empower yours by aligning your people solutions for growth: hiring, compensation, succession, and culture. Hire the right people. Pay them well. Plan for the future. Build a culture that lasts. Learn more at Vanderbloemen.com   Southeastern is committed to helping you get the training you need to pursue your ministry from anywhere around the world. That’s why we’re waiving the application fee to any of our programs for Church Answers listeners. Use the code “CHURCHANSWERS” and we’ll waive the fee. No matter what stage of life’s journey you find yourself in, we want to help you take your next step in getting equipped to disciple and teach others. In coming to Southeastern, you’ll find that seminary isn’t just about theological education; it’s about ministry preparation. Explore degrees, schedule a visit, or apply today at sebts.edu.
Aug 17
24 min
Developing a Culture of Generosity in Your Church: An Interview with Church Growth Services
The concept of generosity is an important part of the Christian faith. However, many pastors and church leaders struggle to develop a culture of joyful giving in their congregations. On today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership Thom and Sam talk with Michael Stadelmayer from Church Growth Services about how to develop a culture of generosity in your church. Why is the concept of generosity so important to the local church? What is something a pastor can do right now to help grow generosity in their church? Are these simple steps a complete picture of developing a culture of generosity in your church? What are a few of the most common or greatest barriers a pastor must overcome to develop an intentional generosity strategy? Resources: Free Download from Church Growth Services : 4 Simple Ideas To Grow Generosity at Your Church More Than Money   Episode Sponsors: Southeastern is committed to helping you get the training you need to pursue your ministry from anywhere around the world. That’s why we’re waiving the application fee to any of our programs for Church Answers listeners. Use the code “CHURCHANSWERS” and we’ll waive the fee. No matter what stage of life’s journey you find yourself in, we want to help you take your next step in getting equipped to disciple and teach others. In coming to Southeastern, you’ll find that seminary isn’t just about theological education; it’s about ministry preparation. Explore degrees, schedule a visit, or apply today at sebts.edu.   If you're a church, school, nonprofit, values-based business, or family office, Vanderbloemen would be honored to serve you. Their team's goal is to empower yours by aligning your people solutions for growth: hiring, compensation, succession, and culture. Hire the right people. Pay them well. Plan for the future. Build a culture that lasts. Learn more at Vanderbloemen.com  
Aug 10
21 min
Six Common Mistakes Mid-Career Pastors Make
Experienced pastors are not immune from mistakes. On this episode, Thom and Sam discuss some common blindspots for mid-career pastors. These mistakes are not career killers, but they can set back a ministry. While all pastors can fall into these traps, those who are mid-career are particularly susceptible.  1. Going to a bigger or better church will reduce stress levels. 2. Flattening the learning curve for new trends because experience is adequate. 3. Relaxing standards of accountability because church trust level is higher. 4. Responding defensively to critics because of previous hurt. 5. Forgetting all your children need more attention, not less. 6. Failure to embrace continuing education.   Resources: Church Consultation University Free 30-day trial Church Answers Silver membership Know Your Community * How Your Church Can Reach People In a Post-COVID World Ebook   Episode Sponsors: Southeastern is committed to helping you get the training you need to pursue your ministry from anywhere around the world. That’s why we’re waiving the application fee to any of our programs for Church Answers listeners. Use the code “CHURCHANSWERS” and we’ll waive the fee. No matter what stage of life’s journey you find yourself in, we want to help you take your next step in getting equipped to disciple and teach others. In coming to Southeastern, you’ll find that seminary isn’t just about theological education; it’s about ministry preparation. Explore degrees, schedule a visit, or apply today at sebts.edu.   If you're a church, school, nonprofit, values-based business, or family office, Vanderbloemen would be honored to serve you. Their team's goal is to empower yours by aligning your people solutions for growth: hiring, compensation, succession, and culture. Hire the right people. Pay them well. Plan for the future. Build a culture that lasts. Learn more at Vanderbloemen.com  
Aug 3
23 min
From $1.06 and 25 People to a $700,000 Budget and a Church of 450 – An Interview with Jonathan Smith
Imagine a church on life support one year that has moved to thriving within a few years. Though you've heard of church turnarounds, you've rarely heard a story this dramatic. Sam and Thom interview Jonathan Smith with Texas Baptists to hear about this God-sized story. Tell us the background of this church up to the point of its near-death experience. How long did it take to get to the point in the title of this podcast? What were some of the key factors in the turnaround? What were some of the biggest obstacles to the turnaround? What are some key transferable principles from this story for other churches?   Resources: Texas Baptists Know Your Community   Episode Sponsors: Southeastern is committed to helping you get the training you need to pursue your ministry from anywhere around the world. That’s why we’re waiving the application fee to any of our programs for Church Answers listeners. Use the code “CHURCHANSWERS” and we’ll waive the fee. No matter what stage of life’s journey you find yourself in, we want to help you take your next step in getting equipped to disciple and teach others. In coming to Southeastern, you’ll find that seminary isn’t just about theological education; it’s about ministry preparation. Explore degrees, schedule a visit, or apply today at sebts.edu.   If you're a church, school, nonprofit, values-based business, or family office, Vanderbloemen would be honored to serve you. Their team's goal is to empower yours by aligning your people solutions for growth: hiring, compensation, succession, and culture. Hire the right people. Pay them well. Plan for the future. Build a culture that lasts. Learn more at Vanderbloemen.com  
Jul 27
23 min
Navigating Tough Conversations with Your Kids – An Interview with Jimmy and Kristin Scroggins
One of the greatest challenges of parenting is navigating the crucial conversations that we must have with our kids. On today’s episode, Thom and Sam talk to Jimmy and Kristin Scroggins about having hard conversations with our kids that point them to Christ.  1. Why did you write this book? What inspired you to write it? 2. Talk about the tough conversations you’ve had with your own children. How did you handle those? 3. What are the “3 Circles?” What led you to start using the 3 Circles Gospel tool with parenting? 4. What role does the church play in this conversation of parenting? How can “Full Circle Parenting” help pastors and church leaders better equip parents?   Jimmy and Kristin Scroggins have been married for more than twenty-five years and have eight children and 2 grandchildren. Jimmy pastors Family Church in West Palm Beach, Florida.    Resources: Full Circle Parenting: A Guide for Crucial Conversations (3 Circles) by Jimmy Scroggins and Kristin Scroggins Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations (3 Circles) by Jimmy Scroggins Free 30-day trial Church Answers Silver membership   Episode Sponsors: If you're a church, school, nonprofit, values-based business, or family office, Vanderbloemen would be honored to serve you. Their team's goal is to empower yours by aligning your people solutions for growth: hiring, compensation, succession, and culture. Hire the right people. Pay them well. Plan for the future. Build a culture that lasts. Learn more at Vanderbloemen.com   Southeastern is committed to helping you get the training you need to pursue your ministry from anywhere around the world. That’s why we’re waiving the application fee to any of our programs for Church Answers listeners. Use the code “CHURCHANSWERS” and we’ll waive the fee. No matter what stage of life’s journey you find yourself in, we want to help you take your next step in getting equipped to disciple and teach others. In coming to Southeastern, you’ll find that seminary isn’t just about theological education; it’s about ministry preparation. Explore degrees, schedule a visit, or apply today at sebts.edu.
Jul 20
22 min
The Voice is Back! An Interview with Jonathan Howe
Jonathan “The Voice” Howe returns for an episode. We find out what he's been doing.  What Jonathan is doing now. Some of our favorite memories of working and traveling with Jonathan. How Jonathan helped launch Rainer on Leadership. What has changed over the past ten years? Favorite restaurant meals over the years.   Resources: SBC This Week with Jonathan Howe and Amy Whitfield Know Your Community How Your Church Can Reach People In a Post-COVID World Ebook Free 30-day trial Church Answers Silver membership   Episode Sponsors: If you're a church, school, nonprofit, values-based business, or family office, Vanderbloemen would be honored to serve you. Their team's goal is to empower yours by aligning your people solutions for growth: hiring, compensation, succession, and culture. Hire the right people. Pay them well. Plan for the future. Build a culture that lasts. Learn more at Vanderbloemen.com   Southeastern is committed to helping you get the training you need to pursue your ministry from anywhere around the world. That’s why we’re waiving the application fee to any of our programs for Church Answers listeners. Use the code “CHURCHANSWERS” and we’ll waive the fee. No matter what stage of life’s journey you find yourself in, we want to help you take your next step in getting equipped to disciple and teach others. In coming to Southeastern, you’ll find that seminary isn’t just about theological education; it’s about ministry preparation. Explore degrees, schedule a visit, or apply today at sebts.edu.  
Jul 13
31 min
Celebrating 20 Years of “In Christ Alone” – An Interview with Keith Getty
On today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership we are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the hymn, IN CHRIST ALONE. Thom and Sam discuss the song’s success with writer Keith Getty and learn what’s next for Getty Music. Keith and Kristyn Getty occupy a unique space in the world of music today as preeminent modern hymn writers. In re-inventing the traditional hymn form, they have created a catalog of songs teaching Christian doctrine and crossing the genres of traditional, classical, folk, and contemporary composition which are sung the world over. In Christ Alone was released in America in September 2001 and it is estimated that over 100 Million people in churches sing this song each year. 20 years and this song continues to grow in use having occupied the number 1 slot in the CCLI UK chart and a top 15 slot in CCLI in the USA for the majority of that time. Thom and Sam discuss the following with Keith and Kristyn: Congratulations on the 20th anniversary of “In Christ Alone!” Tell our listeners a little about how you wrote this song and its far-reaching impact on Christians and churches across the world. Tell us about the 2021 Sing! “In Christ Alone” Worship Conference this September 13-15 and its theme, “Reset. Restore. Reunite.” Where do you see Christian hymns in the next 20 years? What is next for Getty Music?   Resources: Sing! Getty Music Conference Getty Music Know Your Community How Your Church Can Reach People In a Post-COVID World Ebook * Free 30-day trial Church Answers Silver membership   Episode Sponsors: Southeastern is committed to helping you get the training you need to pursue your ministry from anywhere around the world. That’s why we’re waiving the application fee to any of our programs for Church Answers listeners. Use the code “CHURCHANSWERS” and we’ll waive the fee. No matter what stage of life’s journey you find yourself in, we want to help you take your next step in getting equipped to disciple and teach others. In coming to Southeastern, you’ll find that seminary isn’t just about theological education; it’s about ministry preparation. Explore degrees, schedule a visit, or apply today at sebts.edu.   If you're a church, school, nonprofit, values-based business, or family office, Vanderbloemen would be honored to serve you. Their team's goal is to empower yours by aligning your people solutions for growth: hiring, compensation, succession, and culture. Hire the right people. Pay them well. Plan for the future. Build a culture that lasts. Learn more at Vanderbloemen.com  
Jul 6
21 min
The Miracle in the Cow Pasture: The Future of Rural Churches – An Interview with B. J. Rutledge
The rural church is brimming with opportunities. Indeed, it may be one of the most fruitful mission fields in the world. Thom and Sam interview B. J. Rutledge about his leadership in a rural church that defied all expectations. You will not want to miss this episode. BJ Rutledge is the lead pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, Texas. The church is enjoying phenomenal success reaching thousands of people with the gospel. Some have called it, “The miracle in the cow pasture.” BJ is married to Janet, and they have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Thom and Sam discuss the following questions with BJ: How did you end up in a rural town called Paradise, Texas, population 459? What are some unique keys to leading a rural church? Now that Grace Fellowship Church averages 1,800 people pre-COVID, many pastors might say your story is an anomaly that can't apply to them. How would you respond? What were some of your greatest challenges in leading Grace? What final words would you like to share with pastors and other leaders about rural churches?   Resources: * Know Your Community * Camel video * How Your Church Can Reach People In a Post-COVID World Ebook * Free 30-day trial Church Answers Silver membership   Episode Sponsors: If you're a church, school, nonprofit, values-based business, or family office, Vanderbloemen would be honored to serve you. Their team's goal is to empower yours by aligning your people solutions for growth: hiring, compensation, succession, and culture. Hire the right people. Pay them well. Plan for the future. Build a culture that lasts. Learn more at Vanderbloemen.com   Southeastern is committed to helping you get the training you need to pursue your ministry from anywhere around the world. That’s why we’re waiving the application fee to any of our programs for Church Answers listeners. Use the code “CHURCHANSWERS” and we’ll waive the fee. No matter what stage of life’s journey you find yourself in, we want to help you take your next step in getting equipped to disciple and teach others. In coming to Southeastern, you’ll find that seminary isn’t just about theological education; it’s about ministry preparation. Explore degrees, schedule a visit, or apply today at sebts.edu.  
Jul 5
23 min
Tips for Handling Controversial Cultural Topics with Your Congregation
Not every cultural issue deserves the attention of church leaders. Some issues, however, are unavoidable. Other issues desperately need the voice of the church. How can you discern when to speak and what to say? It seems just about anything can become a hot-button issue. On this episode, Thom and Sam discuss some tips for handling controversial subjects. Now more than ever, people need clarity from church leaders.  Part of shepherding a congregation is being aware of hot button issues. You don't have to speak to every issue, especially when you have little knowledge or experience about a topic. Silence is an option; often it is the best option. Sometimes you need to speak about something even if you don't know much about it. Seek help from those who know. Always do what is best for the community and your church, not yourself. In some cases, you may take a lot of heat for standing up for what is right. Read and listen broadly to a variety of experts on a variety of topics, especially those who have a different background or viewpoint than you. Formulate your position with truth, justice, and optimism. Whiners and complainers are not leaders.   Resources: Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin * Know Your Community * Free 30-day trial Church Answers Silver membership   Episode Sponsors: If you're a church, school, nonprofit, values-based business, or family office, Vanderbloemen would be honored to serve you. Their team's goal is to empower yours by aligning your people solutions for growth: hiring, compensation, succession, and culture. Hire the right people. Pay them well. Plan for the future. Build a culture that lasts. Learn more at Vanderbloemen.com   Southeastern is committed to helping you get the training you need to pursue your ministry from anywhere around the world. That’s why we’re waiving the application fee to any of our programs for Church Answers listeners. Use the code “CHURCHANSWERS” and we’ll waive the fee. No matter what stage of life’s journey you find yourself in, we want to help you take your next step in getting equipped to disciple and teach others. In coming to Southeastern, you’ll find that seminary isn’t just about theological education; it’s about ministry preparation. Explore degrees, schedule a visit, or apply today at sebts.edu.  
Jun 29
22 min
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