Thom S. Rainer

Christian Post Contributor

7 Potentially Deadly Church Sicknesses

For the past two years, I have been monitoring the comments and challenges mentioned by church leaders. I am attempting to answer the question: What is hindering many of our churches from achieving health and vitality?

The Dangers of Echo Chamber Leadership

We leaders often enjoy the affirmation and adulation of others as we express our ideas, provide direction and set future courses. And we sometimes enjoy it so much that we only want people to agree with us and affirm us, even if we are wrong. It's called echo chamber leadership.

7 Ways Being Nice Hurts Your Church

Unfortunately, I've seen it again and again. Church leaders and members sacrifice the health and good of the church for fear of hurting one or a few persons. The body is sacrificed for the sake of a few members. We think we are being nice, but we are hurting the church.

How Much Time Do Pastors Take for Vacations?

This topic was hotter than I expected. I asked pastors and other church staff about the amount of time taken for vacations each year. Most of the responses came from pastors, and many of those pastors were pretty intense about it.