Church Consulting

Church Answers Consulting started in 1989, and since then we’ve served hundreds of churches and organizations in North America. Led by Sam Rainer and Thom S. Rainer, the team is comprised of a network of trusted experts from a variety of fields.

Providing Answers for Better Church Health

Every church has unanswered questions. 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. Our church consultation plans give you an opportunity to gain insights into your church’s community, congregation, and leadership.

Comprehensive Consulting

Practical and Comprehensive Consultations for Your Church

Most churches need practical help, not high-level theory. Most churches need a comprehensive solution, not a partial answer.

We serve churches of all sizes—from small churches to megachurches. We help you connect the dots between your community, your congregation, and your leadership. It’s this three-part approach to our consultations that enables us to serve your church by offering a comprehensive assessment.

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Virtual Consulting

Providing answers for better church health, virtually.

Because of the technology tools available, our team can provide most of a consultation virtually and reduce the church’s costs dramatically. The process is simple but thorough. Church Answers provides a set of tools for the church to complete. We analyze the results and communicate with church leaders via Zoom teleconference.

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How Can Church Consulting Help?

  • Church revitalization
  • Multi-site implementation
  • Creating a vision
  • Community engagement
  • Leadership assessment
  • Ministry transitions
  • Reigniting growth
  • Strategic planning
  • Preparing for a new pastor

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost?

    Comprehensive Consultations are priced based on the size and budget of your church, along with the scope and timeline of the project. Most Virtual Consultations can be done for under $5,000.

  • How long does the entire process take?

    Comprehensive Consultations can take anywhere between three months and a year. Virtual Consultations are usually completed within three months.

  • What if we are in the middle of a senior pastor transition?

    Many believe this is the perfect time for a church consultation. Understanding the church’s current health could point to the ideal candidate.

More Questions?

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

Church Answers Consulting Plans Include

Key Metrics

Statistical analysis of your church’s key metrics.

Know Your Church Report

A comprehensive Know Your Church Report survey for your congregation.

Community Demographic Survey

A comprehensive demographic and psychographic survey of your church’s community.

Self-Evaluation Tool

A self-evaluative tool for your church leaders to assess their leadership qualities.

Secret Guest

An in-person secret guest survey and analysis of your worship services, facilities, and guest-friendliness.


Two Zoom teleconferences: an initial interview and a concluding report.

Consultation Report

A thorough and detailed written consultation report.

Virtual Facility Assessment

Optional and additional a virtual facility assessment by Cool Solution Group.

Meet Your Church Consultants

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Thom S. Rainer

Founder & CEO
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Sam Rainer

President & Senior Consultant
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Chuck Lawless

Church Answers Consultant
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Chuck Carter

Church Answers Consultant
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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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