“Pastors are ready to move forward. Church members are ready to move forward. Indeed, it’s time to move forward.”
Posts by Thom Rainer:
They do not have their metaphorical heads in the sand. To the contrary, they are looking up and looking around to see the new paths…
This article was originally posted at churchanswers.com on August 17. I am not prophetic. And if I am prescient, it’s only because I have the incredible vantage point of hearing from tens of thousands of church leaders every year. While it is admittedly difficult to project trends in typical times, it is exceedingly difficult to […]
Leaders do not like my response: Never.
…we are finding the “ornery factor” to be more complex than it initially seemed.
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 […]
It might be helpful, however, to understand the reasons…
By Thom Rainer There have been volumes written about the church world in a post-pandemic era. There have been webinars and blogs and podcasts and more. Indeed, I am one of those who has joined the chorus of voices sharing my perspectives with local congregations. I have also been looking below the surface to see […]
In many ways, the changes are already taking place.
By Thom Rainer “I’m just happy when our church gets any type of gifts.” The comment came from a pastor whose church struggled regularly to meet budget. I get it. Any financial gift can seem better than no gifts. But I have worked with dozens of churches where some types of financial or other gifts […]
By Thom RainerTens of thousands of pastors and other church staff members are becoming retirement age each year. We have not seen anything like this phenomenon. These church leaders are reaching retirement age, but they still have many years of active ministry and life left in them. How will they respond? How will churches respond? We […]