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Seven Characteristics of Reactionary Pastors

Opinion

Allow me to speak to the most common mistakes of reactionary pastors. Perhaps you will see yourself in one or more of these characteristics, with a prayerful hope you can make the necessary changes.READ MORE

Thom Rainer

Seven Dangers in the Last Few Years of Your Ministry

Opinion

I want this fourth quarter of my ministry to make a difference for His glory. To be clear, I want to avoid seven dangers in my last years of ministry. And I know I can succumb to any and all of these dangers without His strength, His mercy, and His plan.READ MORE

Thom Rainer

Ten Roadblocks to Church Revitalization

Opinion

Why are so many of our churches not moving forward? Since so many of our churches are in need of revitalization, let’s begin by seeing what roadblocks hinder turnarounds. Here are ten of the most common.READ MORE

Thom Rainer

Seven Costs to Being an Evangelistic Leader in Your Church

Opinion

Though it is not an excuse, we must acknowledge that the pastors and other church leaders pay a high cost when they become intentionally evangelistic. Sometimes it just seems easier to keep our mouths shut about the gospel. Look at these costs to being an evangelistic leader in a local church.READ MORE

Thom Rainer

Five Terrible Reasons to Enter Vocational Ministry

Opinion

Vocational ministry is a calling. It is not just another vocation. If you enter ministry for the wrong reasons, it is likely you will not do well. Indeed, it is likely you will not make it. Here are five of the most common failures.READ MORE

Thom Rainer

Five Overcorrection Mistakes Churches Make

Opinion

The pendulum swings in churches. The congregation does not like a previous direction, so they overcompensate with the next move they make. Often, the overcompensation becomes a more challenging situation than the previous state.READ MORE

Thom Rainer

Seven Personality Types of Sick Churches

Opinion

Sick churches become dying churches. Dying churches become closed churches. Those statements are factual unless some type of change or intervention takes place. But intervention or change is unlikely unless the church recognizes that it is sick.READ MORE

Thom Rainer

Six Attitudes that Kill Evangelism in the Church

Opinion

Why are our churches less evangelistic today? That question could be answered from a number of perspectives. But one of the key explanations is simply an attitude problem. There are several dangerous and debilitating attitudes in churches that are killing evangelism. Here are six of themREAD MORE

Thom Rainer

Four Useful Ministries by Deacons

Opinion

The Bible is not abundantly clear on how deacon roles should be carried out practically day-by-day. I have enjoyed interacting with hundreds of pastors who have shared with me how their church’s deacon ministry plays out. Here are four of the more common themes.READ MORE

Thom Rainer

Five Steps to Respond to a Hurtful and Hateful Email

Opinion

The Internet has certainly brought us incredible ways to do commerce, to get information, and to communicate. But it has an ugly and evil side to it as well. It allows cowardly critics to hide behind a keyboard and cut people to the core through blogs, social media, and email. So how do we respond when we get a hurtful email?READ MORE

Thom Rainer

Five Reasons Church Members Attend Church Less Frequently

Opinion

About 20 years ago, a church member was considered active in the church if he or she attended three times a week. Today, a church member is considered active in the church if he or she attends three times a month. Something is wrong with this picture. For 2,000 years, the local church, as messy as it is, has been God’s place for believers to gather, worship, minister, and be accountable to one another.READ MORE

Thom Rainer

Eight Major Changes in Churches the Past Ten Years

Opinion

What are some of the major changes that have taken place in congregations that are doing relatively well? What are some of the ways these congregations have adapted to new realities? Here is a hint: None of the changes in healthy churches have compromised doctrine, diminished the centrality of preaching, or abandoned sharing the gospel.READ MORE

Thom Rainer

Eight Reasons Churches Became Too Busy

Opinion

In an earlier post, I talked about how our churches can become more intentional about doing real ministry instead of busy work. But in this article, I address how churches became so busy. Perhaps understanding the origins of dysfunctional busyness will help churches avoid this problem in the future.READ MORE

Thom Rainer

Seven Habits of Long-Tenured Pastors

Opinion

I have been following these long-tenured pastors for years. And I have seen consistently seven patterns, or habits, in their lives.READ MORE

Thom Rainer

Ten Common Sentiments Pastors Wish They Could Express

Opinion

I love pastors. I respect pastors. No, they aren’t perfect. Indeed, they often have many struggles and challenges. As I reviewed the thousands of comments I have heard from pastors, I began to see a pattern of silent expressions.READ MORE

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