Thom Rainer
Thom Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources.  Prior to LifeWay, he served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism.  He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama and earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to speaking in hundreds of venues over the past 20 years, Rainer led Rainer Group, a church and denominational consulting firm, from 1990 to 2005. The firm provided church health insights to over 500 churches and other organizations over that period. Rainer and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons: Sam, Art and Jess, who are married to Erin, Sarah and Rachel respectively.  The Rainers have six grandchildren: Canon, Maggie, Nathaniel, Will (with the Lord), Harper, and Bren. He is the author of twenty-four books, including Breakout Churches, Simple Life, Simple Church, Raising Dad, The Millennials, and Essential Church.  His latest book, Autopsy of a Deceased Church, was released in 2014 by B&H Publishing Group.

7 Reasons Pastors Settle for the Status Quo

When pastors face new challenges, they sometimes get cold feet and settle for the status quo.

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Five Setbacks to Lasting Change

Lead organizational change well by learning what is best for your church rather than copying another church.

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Seven Reasons Churches Should Merge

The difficult conversation when your church has declined to the point where its near term future is in doubt.

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7 Ways to Make Sure Your Guests Have the Best Experience Possible

What churches can do so that guests can have the best experience possible.

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The Danger of Seeking Stability

Five key reasons why stability is bad for a church.

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Eight Reasons You Are Wasting Your Resources

We are wasting too much time, energy, and money in our churches doing more things and becoming less effective.

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Five Challenges to Healthy Church Growth

Most churches keep doing what they’ve always done. As a consequence, they are reaching fewer. They are declining. How can they have healthy church growth?

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Clarity Process

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