Thom S. Rainer
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Thom S. Rainer

Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Prior to LifeWay, he 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 ten grandchildren: Canon, Maggie, Nathaniel, Will (with the Lord), Harper, Bren, Joshua, Collins, Joel, and James.

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    • Simple Church

    • Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples
    • By: Thom Rainer, Eric Geiger
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Simple Church clearly calls for Christians to return to the simple gospel-sharing methods of Jesus. No bells or whistles required, so to speak....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Should Be Required Reading

    • By Sheila Y Noss on 01-22-19

    Regular price: $17.49

    • I Am a Church Member

    • Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference
    • By: Thom R. Rainer
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    I Am a Church Member begins to remedy the outbreak of inactive, barely committed church members, addressing what is expected of those who join a body of believers....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent read for congregations

    • By iluv2Worship on 01-21-19

    Regular price: $11.89

    • Becoming a Welcoming Church

    • By: Thom S. Rainer
    • Narrated by: George W. Sarris
    • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Best-selling author, Thom S. Rainer, guides listeners toward a practical framework and game plan for making a difference for those who visit their church to help make churches more hospitable to guests.... 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Eye opener

    • By jerry donwa on 12-12-18

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    • Autopsy of a Deceased Church

    • 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive
    • By: Thom S. Rainer
    • Narrated by: Maurice England
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 186
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    No one wants to see a church die. And yet, far too many churches are dying....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Concise and insightful

    • By Chris on 06-30-15

    Regular price: $10.49

    • I Will

    • Nine Habits of the Outwardly Focused Christian
    • By: Thom S. Rainer
    • Narrated by: George W. Sarris
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
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      5 out of 5 stars 53
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    Could you be the answer to the problems you see? Every day we are faced with the needs of those around us....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Book for all Christians.

    • By Judy on 04-05-18

    Regular price: $13.29

    • Who Moved My Pulpit?

    • Leading Change in the Church
    • By: Thom S. Rainer
    • Narrated by: George W. Sarris
    • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 103
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 89

    Who Moved My Pulpit? is a clear guide for church leaders who are not satisfied with the status quo and who yearn for their churches and ministries to make a kingdom difference....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book!

    • By Adam S on 12-05-18

    Regular price: $15.39

    • Breakout Churches

    • Discover How to Make the Leap
    • By: Thom S. Rainer
    • Narrated by: Don Reed
    • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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    Thom Rainer sets out to discover how churches that were once healthy but had stagnated in growth have broken out to become great churches impacting lives and entire communities....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Desiring to be a breakout leader!

    • By JerryMayfield on 05-11-18

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    • Transformational Church

    • Creating a New Scorecard for Congregations
    • By: Thom Rainer, Ed Stetzer
    • Narrated by: John Lescault
    • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    Churches committed to following Christ's example want this world changed for the sake of eternity....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Content Bad Narrator

    • By ajglenn1822 on 12-14-17

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    • The Millennials

    • Connecting to America's Largest Generation
    • By: Thom S. Rainer, Jess Rainer
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    At more than 78 million strong, the Millennials - those born between 1980 and 2000 - have surpassed the Boomers as the larger and more influential generation in America....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • 5 years from publish date makes this unfortunately out of date when discussing millennials.

    • By Ryan G. Reeves on 09-15-16

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    • The Unchurched Next Door

    • Understanding Faith Stages as Keys to Sharing Your Faith
    • By: Thom S. Rainer
    • Narrated by: Don Reed
    • Length: 7 hrs
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 16
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    This Silver Medallion Book award-winning national interview survey of unchurched people sheds insight on who the unchurched next door are....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Needs to be preached in every church in the world!

    • By David W. Hooper on 11-26-12

    Regular price: $21.67

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