Thom S. Rainer
It was on the day after, September 12, that I begin to hear the questions. How could this happen? Why did this happen? Why did God let such evil people take the lives of so many innocent victims?Tags September 11
There are no longer consistent norms for the portion of a church budget that should be dedicated to personnel costs. Each church has a different rationale or contextualized reasons for the inclusion or exclusion of specific paid staff.
Many leaders fail simply because they refuse to make a decision. Some insist on more and more information.
The reports can be discouraging. The statistics can be demoralizing. The trends can be disheartening. Year after year we hear about the dismal state of American congregations.
Simple defined, hubris means pride or arrogance. In churches hubris is an insidious enemy. It comes at a time when members are typically feeling great about the health of the church.
Depression was once a topic reserved for “other people.” It certainly was not something those in vocational ministry experienced. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that ministers rarely admitted that they were depressed.
Energizers bring out the best in everyone around them, and our data show that having them in your network is a strong predictor of success over time. De-energizers, by contrast, are quick to point out obstacles, critique people rather than ideas, are inflexible in their thinking
Too many times we think of local church discipleship as a program where church members meet at a specific time.
I can be a very selfish person. Someone shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with me and I responded in repentance and faith. But now it is my privilege and responsibility to share that good news
The Millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000, have been entering the workforce for over ten years. They are beginning to reshape the culture and norms of businesses and other organizations in a number of ways
Please consider moving from the fanfare of the falsehoods of these past few days to the truth of Jesus Christ and His claims. He is the only way of salvation.
You have to give Harold Camping credit. A worldwide audience has noticed his prediction.
For many, if not most, American churches, the changes are more negative than positive. Many churches today are shadows of what they were not too many years ago.
There is a common pattern for most of the warning signs. Church members are more concerned about their preferences and desires. They are inwardly focused.
For many churches, a time of prayer is limited to one or two people voicing a public prayer in the worship services.