books by Thom S. Rainer

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

B&H Books, 2006

The simple revolution has begun. From the design of the iPod to the uncluttered Google home page, simple ideas are changing the world. Simple Church clearly calls for Christians to return to the simple gospel-sharing methods of Jesus. No bells or whistles required, so to speak. Based on case studies of four hundred American churches, authors Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger prove that the process for making disciples has quite often become too ...


Seven Words of Worship: The Key to a Lifetime of Experiencing God

B&H Publishing Group, 2008

Seven Words of Worship combines biblical truth, practical application, and inspiring real life stories to clarify the reader’s understanding and living out of w orship, focusing the spiritual practice on seven key words: Creation; Grace; Love; Response; Expression; Presence; Experience. Indeed, worship is a leading topic throughout the church today and the central purpose for gathering the body of Christ each week. But worship style and ...


Career Crossover: Leaving the Marketplace for Ministry
Tom R. Harper

B&H Publishing Group, 2007

A growing number of working people are leaving their marketplace jobs today for vocational ministry. Anyone considering such a move will find answers to the questions "Is God calling me into ministry?" and "How do I know if it's really his voice; how do I respond?" inside the pages of Career Crossover: Leaving the Marketplace for Ministry. This book studies hundreds of modern Christians who have made this crossover, providing ...


Soy miembro de la iglesia: La actitud que marca la diferencia (Spanish Edition)

B&H Publishing Group, 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 ...


Iglesia Simple: Como volver al proceso Divino de hacer discipulos (Spanish Edition)

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 ...


Surprising Insights From the Unchurched - Proven Ways to Reach Them (01) by Rainer, Thom S [Hardcover (2001)]
Thom S. Rainer

Zondervan, Hardcover(2001), 2001

Surprising Insights From the Unchurched - Proven Ways to Reach Them (01) by Rainer, Thom S [Hardcover (2001)]


I Am a Church Member: Discovering the Attitude that Makes the Difference

B&H Publishing Group, 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 ...


Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive

B&H Publishing Group, 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. ...


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 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 ...


essential church? (EasyRead Super Large 18pt Edition): reclaiming a generation of dropouts
Thom S. Rainer

ReadHowYouWant, 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 ...


Effective Evangelistic Churches

B&H Academic, 1996

Part research project, part detective story, this book presents results from the most comprehensive study of successful churches in history. These 586 churches across America all excel in winning new souls for Christ, and have a remarkable range of things in common. Some stereotypes are shattered, some results are astonishing, and everything is written in a readable, non-technical style.-- Includes churches with at least one baptism per 19 ...


Evangelism Handbook

B&H Academic, 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 ...


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

Zondervan, 2001

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 darken 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 a church ...


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

Zondervan, 2007


Southern Baptist Identity: An Evangelical Denomination Faces the Future

Crossway, 2009

Major SBC spokesmen address key issues of theology, polity, and practice to help readers respond to the most significant challenges within evangelicalism. What was once a small, southern, predominantly white denomination has become America's largest evangelical denomination. Yet with the Southern Baptist Convention's growth have come the challenges of increasing fragmentation, theological controversy, and sweeping cultural change. These ...


Simple Church

B&H Publishing Group, 2013

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 too ...


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, 2009

Breakout Churches ... what does it take for your church to break out of mediocrity? In search of answers, Thom Rainer and his research team conducted a landmark study on the church. Unfolding the findings of that study, Breakout Churches furnishes both principles and examples to show how you as a pastor or church leader can help your church break out of the status quo into unprecedented fruitfulness. Of the thousands of churches examined in ...



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