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  • Rainer calls on churches to get a little scrappy

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Tuesday, October 16, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) – Back in high school, LifeWay CEO and President Thom S. Rainer spent many Friday nights playing tailback for what he calls a scrappy football team.

    He noted they weren't the biggest, fastest or most athletic players, but because of the team's grit and determination, they overcame a bad season to make it into the quarterfinals of the state playoffs the following year.

    In his new book, "Scrappy Church: God's Not Done Yet," Rainer calls on churches to bring a similar mentality to revitalization -- something he believes is attainable if churches are willing to roll up their sleeves and get a little scrappy. Read More

  • LifeWay search committee now accepting nominations

    by Carol Pipes, posted Monday, October 08, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The LifeWay Christian Resources presidential search committee is accepting nominations for a successor to Thom Rainer, chairman Kent Dacus has announced.

    The search committee met Monday, Sept. 24, to develop a process for their search of the new LifeWay president and CEO, Dacus reported.

    The committee, which is accepting nominations at LifeWayCEO@carterbaldwin.com, will work with the executive search firm CarterBaldwin to identify potential candidates. Read More

  • Rainer, at MBTS, assesses SBC & church transition

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Friday, September 21, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Hopefulness for the future of the Southern Baptist Convention in a season of denominational transition was voiced by Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, in a discussion Sept. 19 with Jason Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Titled "The State of the SBC," the discussion during Midwestern's chapel hour focused on the many significant changes facing the denomination. Among these is the need to fill four entity leadership positions within the SBC and to address a generational transition as well. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: LifeWay begins search for new president

    by Carol Pipes, posted Wednesday, August 29, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources trustees began the initial steps to search for a successor to President and CEO Thom S. Rainer during their Aug. 27-28 meeting in Nashville.

    Trustee chairman Jimmy Scroggins named a seven-person search committee to find LifeWay's next leader.

    The trustees' presidential search committee will be led by Kent Dacus, vice president of student services at California Baptist University, as committee chair. Dacus is a member of The Grove Community Church in Riverside. Read More

  • Thom Rainer announces retirement from LifeWay

    by Carol Pipes, posted Monday, August 27, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom S. Rainer announced Monday (Aug. 27) his plans to retire in the coming year.

    To provide adequate time for the search process for the next president and CEO and for a smooth transition, Rainer said he will serve until a new president is named or through the end of August 2019, whichever comes first. Read More

  • Rainer: Local churches key to reversing SBC decline

    by Aaron Earls, posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Is our denomination dying?

    That was the question posed at the LifeWay Christian Resources breakfast attended by 1,100 registered guests during the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas.

    Attendees may have been surprised to hear LifeWay President Thom S. Rainer say yes, the Southern Baptist Convention is dying. But they also heard him lay out hope for the future of the SBC as well as for local churches that also may be in decline. Read More

  • SBC DIGEST: Prestonwood's 'Songs of the People'; Thom Rainer virtual tour; Alaska's Jimmy Stewart continued recovery; Saddleback's 45,000 baptisms

    by Staff, posted Monday, October 24, 2016 (2 years ago)

    PLANO, Texas (BP) -- A new collection of music built on the faith stories of the people of Prestonwood Baptist Church and written by the church's worship ministry debuted atop Nielsen Soundscan's Christian music chart after its September release.

    Songs of the People, released in conjunction with Integrity Music, was a first for worship at Prestonwood, an album of all new songs reflecting the heart of the church. But it won't be the last, Graham said.

    He said he senses a particular need among Southern Baptist and evangelical churches for songs built around the deep faith of those congregations that serve as a cross-generational bridge for worshippers, from oldest to youngest. Read More

  • Rainer, at SBC, recaps LifeWay's eventful year

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, June 16, 2016 (2 years ago)

    ST LOUIS (BP) -- In the spring of 1891, Southern Baptists meeting at the Alabama Opera House in Birmingham voted to create a Sunday School board to publish Bible studies and other resources for discipleship.

    Today that board, now LifeWay Christian Resources, remains committed to the same core mission, Thom S. Rainer told messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday morning, July 15. Read More

  • Rainer shares roadmap to helping pastors lead change

    by Carol Pipes, posted Friday, May 20, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The email addressed to LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom S. Rainer sounded urgent. The subject line: A plea for help.

    "I am a pastor and I'm about to give up," the email began. The pastor went on to share his frustration in trying to lead his church to make much-needed changes. "Every time I try something, I get hit hard by critics and bullies," he wrote. "My wife wants me to quit." He ended by asking Rainer for advice on how to lead change in the wake of so many obstacles. Read More