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Church Revitalization Certification

You care about the church and the 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.

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.


Your Instructors:

Thom S. Rainer is the founder and CEO of Church Answers, an online community and resource for church leaders. Prior to founding Church Answers, Rainer 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.



Sam Rainer serves as the president of Church Answers. He is also the lead pastor of West Bradenton Baptist Church and the co-host of the Est.Church podcast. Sam co-founded Rainer Publishing and serves as the president of Revitalize Network. He has a wonderful wife, four fun children, a smart old dog, a dumb young dog, and a cat his daughters insisted on keeping.

Sam has a B.S. in Finance and Marketing from the University of South Carolina, an M.A. in Missiology from Southern Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Dallas Baptist University.


Course Curriculum


  How to begin the Revitalization Certification Course
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  Module 1: What is Church Revitalization?
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

How it will work:

  • Dynamic Presentations - The Church Answers team has created an interactive and visually appealing presentation that will illustrate key learnings.
  • Downloadable Resources - Included in the live course downloadable notes for future review
  • Learn at your own pace - All video sessions are available on-demand so you can learn on a timetable reasonable for your schedule.

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