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Thom S. Rainer is the founder and CEO of Church Answers, an online community and resource for church leaders. Prior to founding Church Answers, Rainer served as president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Before coming 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.

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How to Frighten a Pastor

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Pastor, some of our members are concerned. Speak those words and you now have the pastor’s undivided attention, believe me. Say all you want about how...

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I’ve been a pastor over 40 years and I’ve made lots of mistakes. But as I’ve grown wiser, I’ve learned that if I prioritize...

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You can do your job well without loving it. However, for pastors, the calling often goes beyond mere duty. It encompasses a passion for...