13+ Thom S. Rainer Quotes On Education, Religion
Confident and courageous leaders have no problems pointing out their own weaknesses and ignorance. — Thom S. Rainer
The concept of an inactive church member is an oxymoron. Biblically, no such church member really exists. — Thom S. Rainer
We will never find joy in church membership when we are constantly seeking things our way. But paradoxically, we will find the greatest joy when we choose to be last. That's what Jesus meant when He said the last will be first. True joy means giving up our rights and preferences and serving everyone else. — Thom S. Rainer
Healthy church membership means you find your joy in being last, instead of seeking your way and being first. — Thom S. Rainer
So if we approach church membership from the perspective of entitlement, we have it upside down. You always ask first what you can do for your church. — Thom S. Rainer
Introverts don't like small talk conversation, but they typically don't mind writing. The more people can "see" you on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or a blog, the more they will feel like they know you, even though you don't have one-on-one interaction with them. — Thom S. Rainer
If outside forces and culture were the reasons behind declining and non-influential churches, we would likely have no churches today. The greatest periods of growth, particularly the first-century growth, took place in adversarial cultures. We are not hindered by external forces; we are hindered by our own lack of commitment and selflessness. — Thom S. Rainer
Weak leaders of churches blame people and circumstances. Breakout church leaders accept responsibility and see God's possibilities in even difficult situations. — Thom S. Rainer
Faith and optimism are contagious. — Thom S. Rainer
Churches should evaluate everything they do to determine how it can be done better. — Thom S. Rainer
Passion means making the choice to do that for which we can make the greatest difference. It means saying no to opportunities that may be good but not the best. It means that the best path is not always the easiest path. — Thom S. Rainer
Church membership is a gift. A gift must be treasured. It should not be taken for granted or considered lightly. Because it is a gift, we must always be thankful for it. And when we are thankful for something, we have less time and energy to be negative...Healthy church membership means you find your joy in being last, instead of seeking your way and being first. — Thom S. Rainer
Some churches would rather die than to get out of the comfort of the past. — Thom S. Rainer
Life Lessons by Thom S. Rainer
- Thom S. Rainer's work emphasizes the importance of understanding and connecting with people, as well as the need for churches to remain relevant and engaged in their communities.
- He encourages churches to focus on their mission and purpose, rather than on simply maintaining their traditions and structures.
- He emphasizes the importance of creating an environment of inclusion and hospitality, and of developing meaningful relationships with members and visitors alike.
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