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The Unexpected Journey: Conversations with People Who Turned from Other Beliefs to Jesus
Thom S. Rainer

Zondervan, 2005

Following Jesus is a journey none of the people in this book ever expected to take. Why did they? What difference did it make? The book you’re holding is dangerous. If you read it, you’ll see that God is still active in saving even the most unexpected people: An atheist woman who viewed Christians as “idiots.” A married couple high in the leadership ranks of the Mormon church. An African-American man who became a Black Muslim out of ...


Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples
Thom S. Rainer, Eric Geiger

B&H Books, 2006

The simple revolution is here. From the iPod design to Google’s uncluttered homepage, simple ideas are changing the world. Multi-awarded #1 national bestseller Simple Church guides Christians back to the simple gospel-sharing methods of Jesus. No bells or whistles required. Based on case studies of 400 American churches, Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger prove the disciple-making process is often too complex. Simple churches thrive by taking four ...


I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference
Thom S. Rainer

B&H Books, 2013

Best-selling author and ministry leader Thom S. Rainer drew an exceptional response when he posted a 500-word declaration about church membership to his daily blog. "I Am a Church Member" started a conversation about the attitudes and responsibilities of church members -- rather than the functional and theological issues -- that previous new member primers all but ignored. Thoughtfully expanded to book form, I Am a Church Member begins to ...


Simple Church: Returning to God's Process for Making Disciples
Thom S. Rainer, Eric Geiger

B&H Books, 2011

The simple revolution is here. From the design of Apple products to Google's uncluttered homepage, simple ideas are changing the world. Now in paperback, multi-awarded #1 national bestseller Simple Church guides Christians back to the simple gospel-sharing methods of Jesus. No bells or whistles required. With insights based on case studies of  400 American churches, Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger prove the disciple-making process is often ...


Evangelism Handbook: Biblical, Spiritual, Intentional, Missional
Alvin Reid

B&H Books, 2009

In Matthew 5, Jesus calls believers the salt of the earth and light of the world. Indeed, we must reach out to tell others His story of sacrifice and grace so glory is given to God throughout our communities and the entire planet. Evangelism Handbook is a thorough guide to the daily ministry of sharing Christ. Writer and professor Alvin Reid is particularly concerned about how the Western Church is practicing evangelism—its failure to reach ...


The Millennials: Connecting to America's Largest Generation
Thom S. Rainer, Jess Rainer

B&H Books, 2011

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. Now, as its members begin to reach adulthood, where the traits of a generation really take shape, best-selling research author Thom Rainer (Simple Church) and his son Jess (a Millennial born in 1985) present the first major investigative work on Millennials from a Christian ...


Surprising Insights from the Unchurched and Proven Ways to Reach Them
Thom S. Rainer

Zondervan, 2008

We’ve read all the hot books on evangelism, we’ve attended scores of seminars—and still we’re not reaching the unchurched. Eighty to ninety percent of churchless Americans will never enter our culturally relevant, seeker-sensitive doors. What are we missing? Maybe we’ve been asking the wrong people. Instead of consulting the unchurched masses, it’s time we heard what the small but important minority who have recently begun attending ...


Transformational Church: Creating a New Scorecard for Congregations
Ed Stetzer, Thom S. Rainer

B&H Books, 2010

How are we doing? The church, that is. And how are we doing it? Congregations have long measured success by "bodies, budget, and buildings"--a certain record of attendance, the offering plate, and square footage. But the scorecard can't stop there. When it does, the deeper emphasis on accountability, discipleship, and spiritual maturity is lost. Ignoring those details, we see fewer lives transformed, Christian influence wane, and churches thin ...


Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive
Thom S. Rainer

B&H Books, 2014

No one wants to see a church die. And yet, far too many churches are dying. For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Thom Rainer has helped churches grow, reverse the trends of decline, and has autopsied those that have died. From this experience, he has discovered twelve consistent themes among those churches that have died. Yet, it’s not gloom and doom because from those twelve themes, lessons on how to keep your church alive have emerged. ...


Essential Church?: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts
Thom S. Rainer, Sam S. Rainer

B&H Books, 2008

Why do so many young adults (18 to 22) leave the church, and what will it take to bring them back? This important question is examined and duly answered in Essential Church? , a follow-up to Thom S. Rainer’s best-selling Simple Church cowritten this time with his son, research expert Sam Rainer. The book is based on a study of one-thousand so-called "church dropouts" who were interviewed about why they left. Their answers are quite ...


Simple Life: Time, Relationships, Money, God
Thom S. Rainer, Art Rainer

B&H Books, 2009

The research and change methods that made Simple Church a multiawarded, #1 ministry best seller are now applied to everyday matters in Simple Life . Authors Thom S. Rainer and Art Rainer interviewed a cross-section of 1,077 individuals to confirm that most people feel their lives are overly stressful and misguided, not allowing enough time for what really counts. As they share these highly relatable stories, the Rainers chart a simple path ...


Iglesia Simple: Como volver al proceso Divino de hacer discipulos (Spanish Edition)
Thom S. Rainer, Eric Geiger

B&H Espanol, 2007

Ya ha comenzado la revolución de lo sencillo. Las ideas sencillas están cambiando el mundo. Una prueba de ello es el diseño del reproductor de música iPod y la discreta página inicial del buscador Google en Internet. El libro Iglesia simple convoca claramente a los cristianos a volver a los métodos sencillos de evangelización de Jesús. Por decirlo de algún modo, "sin bombos ni platillos". Los autores, Thom Rainer y Eric Geiger, se ...


The Book of Church Growth
Thom S. Rainer

B&H Academic, 1998

The Church Growth Movement has divided devout Christians. Even though Rainer is an advocate, his aim here is to present an objective view of the movement--its history, the theology associated with it, and the principles which seem to separate churches that grow from those that don't.


The Unchurched Next Door: Understanding Faith Stages as Keys to Sharing Your Faith
Thom S. Rainer

Zondervan, 2008

In a national survey conducted by author Thom Rainer and his staff, eight out of ten unchurched men and women said they would come to church—if only someone would invite them. When and how is the next big question. Rainer helps you figure out where your neighbors, friends, and coworkers are in their spiritual quest, and how you can know who among the unchurched people in your life are receptive to Christ. In this fascinating book, Rainer ...


Membership Matters: Insights from Effective Churches on New Member Classes and Assimilation
Chuck Lawless

Zondervan, 2005

Insights from Effective Churches on New Member Classes and Assimilation Findings from a national study to improve membership classes and to motivate current members into active ministry How do churches move members—both old and new— into ministry? Many church staff and lay leaders know they need to start new member classes as a point of entry into their churches but don’t know how. This book is based on a national study of effective ...


Breakout Churches: Discover How To Make The Leap
Thom S. Rainer

Zondervan, 2005

Breakout Churches Can Your Church Become One? This is the story of thirteen churches and the leaders who moved them from stagnancy to growth and from mediocrity to greatness. Drawing on one of the most comprehensive studies ever on the church, this book reveals the process of becoming a “breakout” church and the factors that lead to this spiritual metamorphosis. Eighty percent of the approximately 400,000 churches in the United States are ...


Soy miembro de la iglesia: La actitud que marca la diferencia (Spanish Edition)
Thom S. Rainer

B&H Espanol, 2013

Thom S. Rainer, autor de éxitos editoriales y líder ministerial, motivó una excepcional respuesta cuando publicó en su blog diario una declaración de 500 palabras sobre la experiencia de pertenecer a una iglesia.La publicación titulada "Soy miembro de la iglesia" inició un intercambio sobre las actitudes y responsabilidades de los miembros (en lugar de las cuestiones funcionales y teológicas) que habían pasado por alto los libros ...


Connected: Member Book (Bible Studies for Life)
Thom S. Rainer

Lifeway Christian Resources, 2014

Bible Studies for Life: Connected: My Life in the Church - Group Member Book by Dr. Thom S. Rainer is important because it moves us to see that God has placed us in our local churches to serve others, care for them, pray together, learn together, and grow together all for the glory of God. Nine out of ten churches in America are either declining outright or growing more slowly than the community around them. We're losing ground in our own ...


In Real Time: Authentic Young Adult Ministry as It Happens
Mike Glenn

B&H Books, 2009

Research shows that churches are seeing a dramatic decrease in the membership of 18 to 34 year-olds. One major cause traces back to when the gospel was watered down to a non-confrontational level for baby boomers, resulting in a generation that proclaimed faith without changing its lifestyle. Now many among that generation’s children feel less endeared to the church if not suspicious of its worth considering their parents’ conflicting ...


The Everychurch Guide to Growth: How Any Plateaued Church Can Grow
Thom S. Rainer, C. Peter Wagner, ...

B&H Books, 1998

A growing church is a living church, but much of the attention in church growth today is focused on making big churches bigger. This encouraging new book shows members of small and medium-sized congregations how to revive and expand their ministries as well. Churches of every size tend to plateau in attendance and never break free of their self-imposed limitations or 'growth barriers'. This book gives detailed, practical instructions for ...



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