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  • LifeWay’s Rainer to retire

    August 28 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff | with 0 comments
    LifeWay’s Rainer to retire

    Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, told the organization’s board of trustees Aug. 27 that he is retiring. Rainer, 63, plans to step down whenever a replacement is named or after one year, according to a LifeWay announcement published late Monday evening.

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  • Rainer: 6 ways the #MeToo movement affects the church

    July 27 2018 by Joy Allmond, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Rainer: 6 ways the #MeToo movement affects the church

    “There are phrases in culture, that if you look back a year ago, they didn’t exist,” said Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. “But now (one) that is common, pervasive, and indicative of a lot of pain that has occurred … has been the #MeToo movement.”

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  • Greeters and gifts: How churches welcome guests

    March 15 2018 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Research | with 0 comments
    Greeters and gifts: How churches welcome guests

    If the average pastor has anything to do with it, church guests can expect multiple greetings and may even leave with a gift, a new study released March 14 shows. A study from LifeWay Research, which was conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 18, asked 1,000 Protestant pastors what their churches do to welcome guests.

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  • Pipeline conf. urges character growth for church leaders

    October 18 2017 by Joy Allmond and Aaron Wilson, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pipeline conf. urges character growth for church leaders

    Before building leadership in others, church leaders should invest in strengthening their own character, speakers told attendees at the 2017 Pipeline conference. Around 600 leaders gathered Oct. 11-13 in Nashville for the conference, “Succession at Every Level,” hosted by LifeWay Christian Resources. The event emphasized developing leaders throughout the church and preparing for smooth transitions.

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  • Rainer shares roadmap to helping pastors lead change

    May 23 2016 by Carol Pipes, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Rainer shares roadmap to helping pastors lead change

    “I am a pastor and I’m about to give up,” the email began. The pastor went on to share his frustration in trying to lead his church to make much-needed changes. “Every time I try something, I get hit hard by critics and bullies,” he wrote. “My wife wants me to quit.”

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  • LifeWay reopens search for new headquarters

    November 17 2015 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    LifeWay reopens search for new headquarters

    LifeWay Christian Resources is stepping away from the purchase of a 1.5-acre site in downtown Nashville to look at other sites for a new headquarters, LifeWay President Thom Rainer said in a letter to employees Nov. 16. They do intend to complete the sale of their 14.5-acre campus ...

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  • Rainer offers advice on keeping church alive

    June 2 2014 by Micheal Pardue, Book Review | with 0 comments
    Rainer offers advice on keeping church alive

    Micheal Pardue reviews Thom Rainer’s book, Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive. He writes that Christ’s church is a living thing designed to grow and be vibrant. Autopsy of a Deceased Church serves as a good reminder that we must guard ourselves, watch our priorities and be about the work of the Kingdom.

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  • ‘God is in control,’ Rainer tells LifeWay trustees

    February 12 2009 by Chris Turner, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — President and CEO Thom S. Rainer matter-of-factly addressed trustees Feb. 9 and explained the challenges facing LifeWay Christian Resources in a sinking economy. "If there is one thing I know for certain tonight it is that God is in control," he said.

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