With the holidays just around the corner, many Christians like to invite their friends and family to church. But for those who don't attend regularly, church is not always a welcome place. So how do we change that? Ed Stetzer talks with President and CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources, Thom Rainier, on how to make people feel welcome... in church and eventually with the gospel message. Listen and join in.
Thom Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Prior to LifeWay, he served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. Thom led Rainer Group, a church and denominational consulting firm, from 1990 to 2005. He is the author of more than two dozen books, including I Am a Church Member, The Millennials and We Want You Here. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Thom and his wife, Nellie Jo, have three grown sons: Sam, Art and Jess, and ten grandchildren:
Ed Stetzer wears a lot of hats—author, speaker, researcher, pastor, church planter—as he helps Christians learn to share Christ. Ed has earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates, and has written or co-written a dozen books and hundreds of articles. Now he ministers as interim pastor of The Moody Church, teaches at Wheaton College, and serves as executive director of the Billy Graham Center and a regional director of Lausanne North America. Ed and his wife, Donna, have been married more than 25 years and have three daughters.
Ed Stetzer Live helps you live out the truth of the gospel in a rapidly changing world. Drawing on years of research and ministry experience, Ed leads special guests and caller interaction in an engaging discussion of today’s cultural trends. Discover new ways to show and share the love of Jesus to a broken and hurting world. Airs Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon CT on Moody Radio.