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At Re:Vision: A podcast about church health and growth we are envisioning and inspiring Great Commission and Great Commandment churches. Hosted by Jonathan L. Smith, Director of Church Health Strategy, you will hear from leading experts in church health and growth from around the nation. In a TED Talk format, Jonathan will equip you to lead a vibrant and growing church. You will also be encouraged by pastors who are leading revitalized churches. Learn more about church health and growth at: ...
 
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Mark and Thom look at the issue of perceived failure in ministry and share why failure is rarely final. In this first episode of three, they discuss the painful issue of being fired in ministry. You are among a large number of people if you get fired in ministry. The fault often resides with “preacher eater churches.” If you are at fault, seek to m…
 
We are alarmed at the number of pastors and church leaders who are struggling right now. If you feel like you are at a crossroads, you are not alone. Don’t give up. You can get the help you need, and one of the best ways to find help is through a leadership coach. Wisdom comes from proactively seeking an outsider’s perspective. A coach can encourag…
 
On today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership we are celebrating the release of Keith and Kristyn Getty’s new album, “Confessio – Irish American Roots”. Thom and Sam discuss the inspiration for the album, the Getty family’s recent year-long trip to Ireland, and what’s next for Getty Music. Keith and Kristyn Getty occupy a unique space in the world of …
 
You have been contacted by a church. They want to consider you as a candidate for pastor. How do you evaluate your fit for the church? Kevin and Thom offer seven practical steps to take. Get data on the church. Contact a pastor in the community? Contact a denominational leader familiar with the church. Get demographics and psychographics on the com…
 
We are in the midst of a great reshuffling of ministry positions. Many pastors are considering leaving their churches, and many churches are looking to fill open positions. Most churches still require a resume to be considered as a candidate. What should you include in your resume? On this episode, Thom and Sam discuss the essentials of a great min…
 
You are the pastor of a church where you sense it’s time to leave. You are looking for another opportunity, and you hear of a church that seems like a great fit for you. How do get considered by that church? Kevin and Thom provide guidance to those pastors seeking to go to another church. 1. Make certain you are not succumbing to the green-grass sy…
 
Every Christ-follower is meant to be connected to the church. You are not here by accident. God has a plan for you, and that plan includes being a faithful and active part of a local church. Church membership includes seven basics of belonging. Embrace the seven basics of belonging and serve God more through the church. You need your church, and yo…
 
In this episode, Kevin and Thom talk about the possible paths to take when an interim pastor decides he wants to be the pastor. They assume the church did not take a stand that the interim could not apply for the position. 1. You might just need to say no. 2. You could ask him to step down as interim pastor to apply for the position of pastor. 3. Y…
 
We are in the midst of a great reshuffling in churches. Pastors are considering leaving their churches in numbers we have not seen in recent memory. Aging Boomers and the pandemic are two reasons, but there is more happening. Thom and Sam discuss what you should consider before leaving your church. 1. Don’t make a decision based on weariness or dec…
 
Revitalize and Replant looks at major pivots breakout churches are making today. In part three of this three-part series, Mark and Thom discuss what these church leaders are doing differently with personnel strategies. They are breaking out of the mold of traditional positions. They are hiring more part-time staff. They are often focusing on staff …
 
Churches are still growing despite the struggles of many congregations in a post-COVID era. Thom and Sam look at seven key ways churches have broken the most common attendance barriers in the past several months. 1. The pastor has re-committed to an outward focus. 2. The pastor has engaged at least one other person for this outward focus. 3. There …
 
Revitalize and Replant looks at major pivots breakout churches are making today. In part two of this three-part series, Mark and Thom discuss what these church leaders are doing differently with their facilities. They are building smaller worship centers. They are asking questions about their community. They are sharing their facilities. They are r…
 
Stress, burnout, and being overcommitted and overworked have become a part of everyday life for many people. But, what can you do about it? On today’s episode, Thom and Sam talk with Carey Nieuwhof about how to reclaim margin in your busy life. 1. Almost everyone, including pastors and church leaders, feels overwhelmed, overcommitted, and overworke…
 
Revitalize and Replant looks at major pivots breakout churches are making today. In part one of this three-part series, Mark and Thom discuss what these church leaders are doing to reach more people with the gospel. They are creating an outward culture. They are increasing efforts and resources by 4X. They have at least one major emphasis a year. T…
 
Racial tensions still exist in the United States, and there are certain demographic realities that must be addressed. The country is becoming more diverse and will continue to do so at an increasing rate. On this episode, Thom and Sam discuss how demographic changes will impact all-white churches in America. What can we expect the happen to them in…
 
It is a sad commentary, but congregations in North America are less evangelistic today than at any point in recent history. Kevin and Thom share what churches are doing that have turned around evangelistic apathy to evangelistic energy. This podcast is the third of a three-part series called “Five Ways to Revitalize in a COVID World.” 1. Begin or r…
 
If you think serving a church as a pastor is more difficult today than in recent years, you are not imagining things. Thom and Sam look at five of the reasons this change took place. Culture no longer honors the role of the pastor. The expectations of pastors by church members have grown significantly. Social media is more toxic than ever. Church p…
 
Church unity has always been a key issue for congregations. In the COVID world of today, divided churches are more common than ever. In this podcast, Kevin and Thom address how a church can deal head-on with church unity issues. This podcast is the second of a three-part series called “Five Ways to Revitalize in a COVID World.” Acknowledge the elep…
 
The Christmas season is a time when guests are more likely to visit your church. Christmas Eve services, in particular, are popular with people from the community. Now is the time to start making plans. On this episode, Thom and Sam discuss what will be different and what you can expect for Christmas this year. 1. Christmas Eve services will be as …
 
By now, we thought we would be talking about church revitalization in a post-COVID world, but the Delta variant spike has brought new challenges. In this episode, Kevin and Thom unpack five key ways COVID is impacting the work of church revitalization today. This podcast is the first of a three-part series called “Five Ways to Revitalize in a COVID…
 
Working in ministry can be demanding and stressful, but sometimes we forget to have fun in our callings. Perhaps you need a lighter season. On this episode, Thom and Sam discuss some ways to restart the fun in your vocation. 1. Skip a few standing meetings and spend more time with your family. 2. Call an old friend and go on a weekend road trip tog…
 
All other things being equal, longer pastoral tenure tends to enhance the health of a church. Kevin and Thom look at trends in pastoral tenure after COVID. 1. Median pastoral tenure is up to five years. 2. COVID extended pastoral tenure because few pastors left their churches during the pandemic. 3. Boomers are retiring or stepping down in much gre…
 
At Re:Vision: A podcast about church health and growth, we are envisioning and inspiring Great Commission and Great Commandment churches. Hosted by Jonathan L. Smith, Director of Church Health Strategy, you will hear from leading experts in church health and growth from around the nation. In a TED Talk format, Jonathan will equip you to lead a vibr…
 
Knowing and enjoying God should be integral to the Christian life. However, many of us struggle to grow in the means of grace and develop a deeper relationship with God. On today’s episode of Rainer on Leadership Thom and Sam talk with Tim Challies about the daily spiritual disciplines that help Christians know and enjoy God more fully. Tim Challie…
 
There will be times in a church revitalization or replant when you sense from God that it is time to leave. Mark and Thom discuss five steps pastors and other church staff should take to leave a church in a healthy manner. 1. Prayerfully make sure you have heard from God clearly about this call away from the church. 2. Decide who should be told and…
 
Thom and Sam look at the challenging issue of plagiarism in sermons. They suggest five things you can do to avoid this mistake. 1. Cite verbally and/or in writing every source that you used to write a sermon. 2. Be careful with sermon resource sites. If you copy their material you need to say so. 3. Remember it’s more than specific words that can b…
 
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