Thom Rainer

Thom S. Rainer serves as president and CEO of Church Answers and executive director of Revitalize Network. He served for 12 years as dean at Southern Seminary and for 13 years as the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Also a respected researcher and former pastor, he has written more than 25 books, including many best sellers, such as I Am a Church Member. Rainer and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons, several grandchildren and live in Nashville, Tennessee.

Follow These Steps When You’re Retiring

Retirement means many different paths to people. Pastors and other church staff especially have issues unique to them.

Why the Ideal Church Size Debate Is Unhelpful

Church size alone is not an indication of health or unhealth.

One Church’s Story of Transformation

We waited as each church went through the 30-day jumpstart. Then we heard the stories.

Are You Concerned About the Ages of Your Church Members?

We older people are typically more faithful attenders, more faithful givers, and often have a bit of wisdom that comes with age.

Why Focusing on Your Welcome Ministry Is Essential

6 reasons the importance of your welcome ministry is increasing.

Is There Hope for a Dying Church?

Most of you will not be surprised at the challenges we will highlight as we inform you about the increasing number of moribund churches in America.

Can You Find Truths in These Church Statistics?

What do these numbers tell you about the state of churches and Christianity in America today?

What to Do When Cynicism Creeps In

Here's how I battled cynicism.