Thom S. Rainer


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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 each year, 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
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Five Reasons You Need to Get Back in the Habit of Church Attendance

The transition is moving forward. Every week more churches are beginning the process and stages of opening the doors of the church facilities for in-person services.


We are back. 


I get it. The church never closed. The church is the people, not the building. Someone reminds me of those points daily. 


But the doors to the church facilities closed. The opportunity to gather for worship in-person closed

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“Introverts don't like small talk conversation, but they typically don't mind writing. The more people can "see" you on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or a blog, the more they will feel like they know you, even though you don't have one-on-one interaction with them.”
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“Confident and courageous leaders have no problems pointing out their own weaknesses and ignorance.”
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“If outside forces and culture were the reasons behind declining and non-influential churches, we would likely have no churches today. The greatest periods of growth, particularly the first-century growth, took place in adversarial cultures. We are not hindered by external forces; we are hindered by our own lack of commitment and selflessness.”
Thom S. Rainer, I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference

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