Sam S. Rainer III Archives - Church Executive


7 ways to equip your church to give generously

How can you equip your congregation to give generously? Here are 7 items to consider. #1: Teach why sacrificial giving is necessary for God’s mission. If what you are giving does not change your lifestyle, then it’s not sacrificial. Not all giving is sacrificial, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Leaving a great tip is […]

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2 keys to a unified multigenerational church

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On Sunday, I taught our new members class. It was a smaller class than usual, so I had time to converse a little more with those attending. One woman mentioned she had been a Christian for 75 years, almost to the day. The class took a moment to congratulate her.

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How to use leadership restlessness

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Leadership restlessness is something most leaders feel — usually more often than not. It’s the nagging question that keeps you thinking … what’s next? In the case of the church, this question can be corporate, meaning you’re thinking what’s next? for the entire congregation. This question can also be personal, meaning what’s next? for me individually.

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The dangers of envying another church

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In my sermon preparation, I tend to downplay or ignore the areas of which I am most guilty. It’s easier to skip over the personally convicting passages and focus on the sins of others. Of course, I must push through such temptations. I’m guilty of the sin of envy.

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3 disciplines often missing from preaching today

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Through my interactions with other pastors, I have found there are many of us missing three disciplines in preaching. What are they?

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Why every church should move toward cultural and racial diversity

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This issue of diversity is not only a demographic reality, it’s a gospel reality. What humanity segregates, God brings back together. Our churches should reflect this demographic change. Indeed, the church should lead with this demographic change.

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3 unreasonable expectations pastors have of their churches

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I’ve seen these unreasonable expectations in churches with a low view of membership, as well as churches with a high view of membership. I’m guilty of all three.

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The difference between curious leaders and caring leaders

Leaders in churches with more than a few hundred people can’t possibly care for each individual. The issue isn’t whether a leader personally invests in each person, but his / her default posture and tone.

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What leadership transparency encourages: 4 outcomes

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Transparency is a healthy leadership characteristic. But why? In the context of a local church, what does a transparent pastor encourage, as opposed to one who is not?

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6 ways pastors can find work balance

Pastors are a notorious bunch when it comes to work. Here are 6 tips for helping these workaholics find a better work balance.

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