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, Ph.D., is Dean of the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches; trained pastors and church planters on six continents; earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates; and he has written hundreds of articles and a dozen books. He is Regional Director for Lausanne North America, is the Editor-in-Chief of Outreach Magazine, and regularly writes for news outlets such as USA Today and CNN. He serves at his local church, Highpoint Church, as a teaching pastor. Ed and his wife Donna have been married for more than 35 years and are the parents of three daughters.
Discover new ways to show and share the love of Jesus to a broken and a hurting world. Join Ed Stetzer in an engaging discussion of todays cultural trends.