As you minister in the local church, you likely grapple with issues and are responsible for leading in areas that range from the health of your ministry’s discipleship and evangelism to risk management and campus security. You likely wrestle personally and with others on your church staff about church vitality and day in and day out operations. Are there answers out there? Is anyone having conversations about current needs and trends?
As I have scanned the horizon for resources that are solid, I continue to be grateful for how Thom Rainer shares his insights on church health and leadership. Many would be familiar with books he has authored like I Am a Church Member, Simple Church and Transformational Church. But I want to highlight a couple of resources beyond these solid books.
One is thomrainer.com. There are varied outlets here from the blog to podcasts. The links and resources are strong, but most importantly this resource is free. I appreciate this site and it has a permanent home in my tabs.
A click up from this free site is a new (to me) resource I have been using for the past couple of months. It also has a home in my tabs, churchanswers.com. No matter the church size, and no matter the location, as you connect online with this resource you will be part of a monthly “virtual staff meeting” with Rainer and other leaders. Each month he walks us through a current issue within the church. Let’s say you cannot make that meeting – every meeting and all resources connected to that meeting are archived on the site. Beyond the “virtual staff meetings” are other resources, like a leadership forum where you can easily find conversations and content related to a myriad of issues. Check it out.
Thanks Dr. Rainer for the resources. And minister, thanks for leading! Keep going! Please comment on any of these resources, but especially share about anything you have found that is helping you in ministry.