On-Demand Video Certification

Church Revitalization Certification

Moving churches from flatlined to flourishing.

Thom Rainer and Sam Rainer lead this video-based training on how to become a certified church revitalization specialist pastor in as little as 6 months. Church Answers is the premier organization in the world that provides certification for leaders who desire to become interim pastors.


Church Revitalization Certification

Moving churches from flatlined to flourishing.

Special Pre-sale offers

  • 2 Revitalizer Profiles ($40)
  • 2 Church Health Reports ($600)
  • 2 Know Your Community ($350)
  • 4 Steps to Revitalization ($397)

The Premier Certification for Leaders Who Want to Become Church Revitalization Specialists

You care about the church and Church Revitalization Certification will take you through how to help churches in need. At certificate completion participants will be able to define the need for revitalization, help churches know themselves, help churches know their community, and understand how  to help churches move forward.

Who is the certification for?

  • Pastors or church leaders who desire to help other churches.
  • Denominational, associational, district, and judicatory leaders
  • Retired pastors or church leaders who want to continue to add value to gospel kingdom impact.
  • Church reconciliation agents
  • Pastors and church leaders with a desire to make a gospel impact.
  • Pastors and church leaders who would like to make some money on the side.

Meet Your Leadership & Faculty

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Thom S. Rainer

Founder, CEO, & Lead Coach
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Sam Rainer

President & Senior Coach
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How the Certification Course Works

Video-Based Learning

Course work happens online and is on demand. Participants can work at their own pace.


Multiple resources are available for each module to help participants with course work and consultations.


Every participant will be assigned a mentor as they progress through certification.

6 Months Access to Church Answers

Church Answers is an online community of 1,500+ church leaders. IPU participants will be able to converse with other leaders and pastors about current trends in the church.

Publicized Certification

All graduates will be published on the IPU interim pastor map.

Professional Certification Diploma

All graduates will receive a certification diploma.

Money-Back Guarantee

If for whatever reason you are not satisfied with Church Revitalization Certification, you may receive a full refund. Request must be submitted within the first 30 days. No questions asked.

Church Revitalization Certification

How you can help churches in transition.

The Church Revitalization Certification is for leaders who want to see struggling churches make a greater gospel impact. Thom and Sam Rainer will guide students through how to help churches move from an inward focus to actively pursuing the Great Commission.

Worksheets PDF
Mentoring Call

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the requirements for acceptance?
    • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Ministry experience is accepted in lieu of degree.
    • At least 5 years of ministry experience.
    • A love for the local church and her leaders.
  • Who will be my mentor?

    A member of the Church Answers coaching team.

  • Where do I find potential churches who need an interim pastor?

    Interim Pastor University makes no promises for the certified interim pastor to find churches who are in need of an interim. We do, however, provide proven ways for the interim pastor to find his or her own churches.

  • How long does the certification take?

    The video courses are designed for the student to go at his or her own pace. Most students can complete the certification in nine months or less. If the student needs time beyond twelve months, he or she can request an extension up to another six months.

More Questions?

Contact us at 615-669-8201 or email [email protected] for assistance.