Rainer on Leadership

Rainer on Leadership

Your online home for leadership lessons for both the church and the workplace.

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August 24, 2021 23 min
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 b...
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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?


Wha...
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On today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership, Thom and Sam interview Dr. Gregory L. Jantz, an expert in treating depression and anxiety. Dr. Jantz provides a leading-edge framework for understanding and overcoming any type or level of anxiety, and provides a new plan for hope, equipping people to fight despair and regain the joy they’ve been missing.

Why is anxiety so rampant in today’s world? Why is it so paralyzing?
What are some s...
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On today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership Sam Rainer and Thom Rainer discuss how to handle an unruly business or leadership meeting.

Even the best churches have meetings that go sideways.


Surprise attacks happen, but sometimes you feel something is about to happen.


You often do not have much time to respond, but pray before making a rash decision.


Don't respond viscerally. Try to de-escalate the room.


Cutting someone off usual...
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On today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership, Sam Rainer and Thom Rainer discuss four mindset changes church leaders must make in 2021.

2019 is not coming back.
Evangelism is not just another ministry.
You can't hold on to all of your members at any cost.
Giving will not be the same.

Resources mentioned in today's podcast:

* Evangelism in the Early Church by Michael Green
* How Your Church Can Reach People In a Post-COVID Wor...
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Eric Geiger is the Senior Pastor of Mariners Church in Irvine, California. Before moving to Southern California, Eric served as senior vice-president for LifeWay Christian Resources. Eric received his doctorate in leadership and church ministry from Southern Seminary. Eric has authored or co-authored several books including the best-selling church leadership book, Simple Church. Eric is married to Kaye, and they have two daughters:...
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As a pastor, you are part of the body of Christ. Within the body, friendship is important, even for pastors. Thom and Sam discuss friendship with church members and offer sound advice for pastors. 

Yes! But we've all been burned... badly.
Friends outside the church are necessary but often too distant.
Every pastor should have at least one close friend inside the church.
Discern your true friends through four filters: Presence, ...
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Toni Nieuwhof joins Thom and Sam to share what every church leader needs to know about the messiness of divorce.

Toni Nieuwhof is an attorney, pharmacist and church leader who, along with her husband, Carey Nieuwhof, founded Connexus Church north of Toronto Canada. Already a published author in the legal field, Toni’s first general release book on marriage will be published in 2021. Toni has spoken in front of leaders in Canada, th...
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We are about to welcome in a new year! In today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership, Thom and Sam discuss five things you should do as you lead your church to a new year. 

Emphasize again the church's vision and/or purpose.
Review your outwardly focused plans for the new year.
Check in with key leaders and/or influencers in the church.
Become a continuous learner.
Lead from a posture of hope.

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You will likely have more guests on Christmas Eve than any other service throughout the year. Here are several reasons why people love traditional Christmas Eve services.

* You will likely have more guests on Christmas Eve than any other service throughout the year
* Nostalgia is a powerful emotion around the holidays
* The community expects a more traditional experience at Christmas
* Candlelight services are popular among almost ...
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Thom and Sam Rainer discuss practical ways to effectively minister to church members we can’t visit during this difficult time of quarantine and social distancing. 

* Call them.
* Make certain the church sends a digital prayer list every week.
* Organize small groups to call them and write them.
* Stay in touch with their family members.
* Seek to start a new caring ministry.

Resources mentioned in today's podcast:

* How Your Ch...
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Pastor Steven Kyle from Hiland Park Baptist Church, has revitalized the church where he is serving with incredible growth.  After growing a declining church from approximately 600 to over 2000, and expanding with two other multi-site campuses and revitalizing both dying churches, disaster hit. Twice. First Hurricane Michael, then Covid-19.

* How did you plan for disaster relief and recovery before it was needed in the church and c...
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On this episode of Rainer on Leadership, Thom and Sam are joined by Kevin Harris, President of Radical Mentoring. We take some time to discuss how your church could benefit from a strong mentoring ministry. 

In 2002, Kevin Harris, underwent a dramatic change as husband, father, and Jesus-follower through his experience as a mentee in a Radical Mentoring group. He is now the President of Radical Mentoring, a non-profit focused on equ...
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An expert in practical local church leadership, Carey Nieuwhof joins Thom and Sam to discuss his most recent book and a few surprises of the post-quarantine church. 

Carey Nieuwhof is a former lawyer and founding pastor of Connexus Church. He’s the author of several best-selling books, including his latest, Didn’t See It Coming: Overcoming the Seven Greatest Challenges That No One Expects But Everyone Experiences.

Carey speaks to lea...
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