Your Go-To Resource for Church Leaders

At Church Answers, you will find helpful resources, experts and community to guide you through the ups and downs of ministry and church health. Our library of free materials and our customized solutions are organized around the most common questions we hear about church growth, revitalization and leading more effectively.

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Meet Thom Rainer, Founder, CEO, & Lead Coach at Church Answers.

With nearly 40 years of ministry experience, Thom S. Rainer has spent a lifetime committed to the growth and health of the local church and her leaders.

Prior to founding Church Answers, Thom served as president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Before coming 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. He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama and earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

In addition to speaking in hundreds of venues over the past 20 years, Thom led Rainer Group, a church and denominational consulting firm, from 1990 to 2005. The firm provided church health insights to over 500 churches and other organizations over that period. Thom is the author of more than two dozen books.

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Who is Church Answers for?

  • Pastors and ministry leaders looking to grow or revitalize their churches and become more effective leaders.
  • Church lay leaders and volunteers seeking church health and a community of like-minded people.
  • Retired pastors or church leaders continuing to impact the kingdom and spread the gospel.
  • Any individual desiring to connect with a community of believers and find answers to ministry questions.

How do I get started?

Whether you’re looking to grow or revitalize your church or become a better leader, we have a variety of resources and solutions to guide your journey. Select a focus area below for tips on getting started.

Grow Your Church

Grow disciples and grow in kingdom impact in your community.

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Revitalize Your Church

Take your church from flatlined to flourishing to see communities impacted and souls saved.

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Lead More Effectively

Develop yourself spiritually, emotionally, and professionally to become a more effective leader.

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Get Support from Church Leaders Who’ve Been There

Join the largest online community in the world for practical advice on church growth. Through the Church Answers Central online forum, you will be connected to a community of practitioners and experts providing answers for gospel growth in the city you have been called to. If you can’t find your answer in 20+ categorized topics you can submit your own question that will be answered in an average of 30 to 45 minutes.

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Connect with a Team of Experts to Help You Grow as a Leader in the Local Church

Our team has helped thousands of church leaders and pastors over 20+ years of ministry and our desire is to help you find the answers to your questions. Meet some of our church health experts.

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Thom Rainer

Founder, CEO, & Lead Coach
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Sam Rainer

President & Senior Coach
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Brad Waggoner

Church Answers Coach
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Chuck Lawless

Church Answers Coach
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“I have found Church Answers to add value not only to the church I lead, but it has also helped me to be a better leader. The content is distributed in such a way that is practical and the subject matter being covered always hits the bulls-eye. Church Answers is at the top of my most trusted resources!”

Charlie Moulton
Pastor, Lakeshore City Church

Free Resources from Church Answers

We publish new content weekly packed with actionable strategies and best practices for church health. See some of our latest offerings below, or browse all of our free resources. We even offer several digital courses for free when you join our community.

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Practical Solutions from Church Answers

We offer a variety of church health and leadership solutions based on your unique needs and learning preferences. Browse all of our solutions or select a format below to learn more.

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Take a Course

Find practical solutions for challenges you encounter in ministry. Our courses cover evangelism, outreach, leading vision, reaching millennials,  improving guest retention, and so much more.

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Get Certified

Our Certifications will take your ministry and leadership skills to the next level. We provide all the training you need with our self-paced video training modules.

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Find a Coach

Learn how to practically apply and contextualize big ideas in your ministry by partnering with a Church Answers coach through virtual calls, group calls, or Church Answers Central.

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Start Consulting

Whether you’re asking why you aren’t growing, if your church is healthy, if you know your community, or if your leaders can help you reach the next level, we are here to help you find answers.

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Attend Our Events

Sign up to attend our in-person training intensives where you will be able to create a roadmap for your church for the next two to three years.

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Discover Church Answers Tools

Find the resources you need to get an understanding of how healthy your church really is and next steps you can take to improve.

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Not sure where to start?

Church Answers has a library of thousands of helpful resources and solutions. We realize that where to start might be an overwhelming question. We would love to talk with you more about your specific needs.

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