Dr. Thom S. Rainer

Dr. Thom S. Rainer is the President and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee.

In this episode of The Exchange, Ed Stetzer hosts Rainer in studio to discuss discipleship, family, fatherhood, blogging, biblical church membership and his latest book, Autopsy of a Deceased Church.

About Rainer

Prior to LifeWay, Rainer 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 over the past 20 years, 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 and Rachel respectively. The Rainers have six grandchildren: Canon, Maggie, Nathaniel, Will (with the Lord), Harper, and Bren.

He is the author of twenty-four books, including Breakout Churches, Simple Life, Simple Church, Raising Dad, The Millennials, and Essential Church. His recent book, I Am a Church Member, was #1 on the CBA best-seller list for several months and Autopsy of a Deceased Church was released in May 2014 by B&H Publishing Group.

Related Resources

autopsycoverAutopsy of a Deceased Church

For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Thom Rainer, author of Autopsy of a Deceased Church, has helped churches grow, reverse the trends of decline, and has autopsied those that have died. From his experiences, he has discovered twelve consistent themes among those churches that have died. Yet, it’s not gloom and doom because from those twelve themes, lessons on how to keep your church alive have emerged.

Whether your church is vibrant or dying, whether you are a pastor or a church member, Autopsy of a Deceased Church will walk you through the radical paths necessary to keep your church alive to the glory of God and advancement of Christ’s Kingdom!

I Am a Church Member

I Am a Church Member (based on an idea originally taken from author Thom S. Rainer’s daily blog) discusses the attitudes and responsibilities of church members. Rainer

churchmember cover SALEaddresses in detail what congregations should really be focusing on — praying for church leaders, being a functioning member, treasuring church membership, and more.

Six chapters with these titles include study questions to guide the discussion:

  • I Will Be a Unifying Church Member
  • I Will Not Let the Church Be About My Preferences and Desires
  • I Will Pray for My Church Leaders
  • I Will Lead My Family to Be Healthy Church Members
  • I Will Be a Functioning Member
  • I Will Treasure Church Membership as a Gift

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