Podcast Episode #053


Subscribe via iTunes • Subscribe via RSS 

This week marks the release of my latest book, Autopsy of a Deceased Church. So this week, we discuss the book, how it can be used in churches, and how it can encourage churches who might be sick to start down a path to health. If a church does not have a clear answer to “Why do we exist?” it will do things that are not of the greatest importance. It is my prayer that Autopsy of a Deceased Church helps sick churches identify that purpose and move toward health.

Episode Sponsor

This week’s podcast is brought to you by Autopsy of a Deceased Church. Whether your church is vibrant or dying, whether you are a pastor or a church member, Autopsy of a Deceased Church will walk you through the radical paths necessary to keep your church alive to the glory of God and advancement of Christ’s Kingdom!


If you have a question you would like answered on the show, fill out the form on the podcast page here at If we use your question, you’ll receive a free copy of Autopsy of a Deceased Church.

Get these posts delivered to your inbox daily

Subscribe today and receive my free downloadable resource on the minister's salary!


  1. says

    I’ve had several of our adult Sunday school classes read your last book, I Am a Church Member, and I look forward to asking them to read this one. I feel somewhat like Chicken Little since our church – I’m afraid our entire denomination – is in denial. I expect to ruffle some feathers, but I refuse to pastor a dying church. Thank you – or rather thank God for giving you the wisdom to write as you do. It is God’s gift for all of us.

  2. Michael says

    I just finished the book, “Autopsy of a Deceased Church”. You gave a copy of it to a friend of mine who was in Nashville last week. He passed it along to me. First of all, thank you.

    Second, I have a question. What bearing does the willingness of the congregation have on the ability of the congregation to turn around? Even if you believe you are doing everything the Lord wants you to do, preaching the scriptures he wants you to preach, and…you get the picture. How can the apathy be overcome?

    I”m sure I”ll have another question, but we’ll start there.

    Thank you for your ministry Dr. Rainer. It means a lot.

    • Thom Rainer says

      Thanks Michael. Your question is good, but I am unable to answer it without more information. There are a myriad of reasons for congregational apathy. I would need to understand the context in your church to expand further. Blessings friend.

  3. says

    I was privileged to present the first book “I Am A Church Member” to the DACLO this past month. A very powerful combo that should benefit any church leader. Thank you Mr. Rainer for your insight into the problems associated with reviving churches.

  4. says

    Just ordered your new book . How I would love to see the church in America grow and become the godly force it once was . Thank you and God bless all that you do .

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

one + = 8