About Sam

Sam_Rainer_HeadshotsFESam serves as president of Rainer Research. His desire is to provide answers for better church health. He also serves as senior pastor at Stevens Street Baptist Church in Cookeville, TN. Sam is the co-author of the book, Essential Church. He is a theological review editor at CrossBooks and an editorial advisor/contributor at Church Executive magazine. He has also served as a consulting editor at Outreach magazine. He has written over 100 articles on church health for numerous publications, and he is a frequent conference speaker. Before submitting to the call of ministry, Sam worked in a procurement consulting role for Fortune 1000 companies.

Sam holds a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from the University of South Carolina and an M.A. in Missiology from Southern Seminary. He is currently completing his dissertation on established church leadership. When (not if) he finishes, he will earn a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Dallas Baptist University.


About this Blog

This blog began in 2006 as a place to discuss answers for better church health. The primary focus is leadership and established churches. My goal is to give church leaders practical insights from research and leadership theories in a way that relates to the everyday church most people attend.


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