[Podcast] 4 Keys To Effective Church Revitalization with Thom Rainer

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In today's episode of the Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, William talks with Dr. Thom Rainer, former President and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, about church revitalization and leading change in an established environment. 

Prior to LifeWay, Thom 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.

He is the author of more than two dozen books, including Breakout ChurchesAutopsy of a Deceased ChurchSimple LifeSimple ChurchRaising DadThe Millennials, and Essential Church. His recent book, I Am a Church Member, was #1 on the CBA best-seller list for several months and I Will was just released in June 2015 by B&H Publishing Group.

Thom talks with William about:

  • Four components of effective church revitalization
  • Leading change in an established environment
  • Value of plurality in leadership
  • Hiring people who lead well
  • How the diversity of America influences your church staff

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Quotes from Thom:

"90% of churches are not keeping up with their community." Tweet: You have to give up to grow up. via @timastevens + @vanderbloemensg https://ctt.ec/_dBe1+ #leadership #vandercast

"One of the characteristics of great church leaders is perseverance." Tweet: Churches who are growing significantly empower volunteers. via @timastevens https://ctt.ec/EeUfe+ #leadership #vandercast

"Don't abandon who you are and stay focused on Biblical truth." Tweet: High level leaders are concerned about asking the right questions. via @timastevens https://ctt.ec/uRB12+ #leadership #vandercast

"Most pastors don't see significant fruit until about 5 years." Tweet: It's hard for Pastors to be vulnerable with people that  they're leading. via @timastevens https://ctt.ec/E5RNF+ #leadership #vandercast