Thom S. Rainer Articles

7 Sentences You Never Expected to Hear in Churches in 2020

I can only imagine how we would have responded in 2019 if someone had told us we needed to be prepared not to gather...
11 Weak Reasons to Leave a Church

11 Weak Reasons to Leave a Church

I know there are legitimate reasons for leaving a church (for example, the message is unbiblical, you've moved to another city, and so on), but too many people leave a church for the wrong reasons. Realizing that there are always exceptions to any of the reasons...

7 Warnings if Your Church Has Memorials

7 Warnings if Your Church Has Memorials

A few years ago, I wrote a book about churches that have died, Autopsy of a Deceased Church. The methodology was simple but revealing. I interviewed several church members representing several different churches that had died.One of the surprising issues consistent in...

Is the Digital Church Really the Church?

Is the Digital Church Really the Church?

Some call it the digital church.Others call it the internet church.In either case, it refers to people joining worship services, and even groups, virtually or digitally. They are not physically present.I am watching this trend closely via hundreds of churches, and I...

10 Unfair Expectations People Place on Pastors’ Wives

10 Unfair Expectations People Place on Pastors’ Wives

In many churches, the pastor's wife carries heavy burdens.Sometimes, they are impossible expectations.To be fair, this post could refer to any church staff person, male or female, so it could be called ministers' spouses. For simplicity, and because I primarily hear...

5 Attitudes Senior Church Members Need to Avoid

5 Attitudes Senior Church Members Need to Avoid

I received my first AARP material in the mail six years ago.I turned 61 years old two days ago. One of my sons says I am fossilized.I am a senior adult.Have I noticed any differences in my life at this age? Certainly. I move more slowly. My idea of a mini-marathon is...

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