Because of the readers of this site, this year has been a record year for ThomRainer.com. I am humbled so many of you visit this site, share my articles and those by Dr. Lawless, and subscribe to the blog and podcast. I never could have imagined the volume of response I have seen to the articles posted here. Thank you again to all who have read, shared, and commented on the posts in 2014. I can’t wait to see what 2015 will bring.
Here are the top 14 posts of 2014 at ThomRainer.com:
The median tenure of a pastor at a church is around four years. Simply stated, over one-half of pastors leave a church before their fourth anniversary. And our research shows that the time of greatest fruit in a pastor’s ministry does not begin until somewhere around years five to seven. Is it possible, then, for pastors to stay longer in a healthy situation? In many cases, the answer is a resounding “yes”!
Pastors are human. And there are times they would like church members to know some things about them. In my conversations with pastors via social media, in person, by phone, and by email, here are the nine most common themes.
I have assembled nine changes that have come at a rapid pace in many churches. Please note my perspective. I am offering these from the perspective of a researcher; I am not making qualitative assessments. Also, with every trend there will be thousands of churches that are exceptions to the norm. But these are the changes in the majority of churches in North America.
This “top ten plus one” list is not comprehensive. It simply represents the most common mistakes I see.
So what is it about this stand and greet time that many guests don’t like? Here are the seven most common responses, again listed in order of frequency.