Church Central is a leadership “megablog” featuring pastors, authors and consultants offering useful tips and practical encouragement.

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We are all about building healthy churches. Our expert bloggers – a group of well-known authors and researchers – equip leaders with biblical best practices and practical advice on church turnarounds.

Dr. Thom Rainer and Tom Harper created Church Central in 2002. After Dr. Rainer became CEO of LifeWay in 2006, Harper continued as president of Church Central, as well as CEO of the parent company, Networld Media Group. Networld is a successful online business-to-business publisher in the retail, digital signage, banking, technology and restaurant industries.


Visitors to the site include senior pastors, lay leaders, church staff, teachers, elders and consultants.

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E-mail Subscribers
Church Staff Members 72%
Senior or Executive Pastor 23%


Denominations Represented

  • Assemblies of God
  • Baptist – Southern
  • Baptists – Other
  • Church of Christ
  • Church of God
  • Episcopal
  • Lutheran
  • Methodist
  • Non-Denominational
  • Pentecostal
  • Presbyterian

Ministry Job Titles

  • Communications
  • Consultant
  • Evangelist
  • Executive Pastor
  • Executive/Management
  • Financial Administrator
  • Minister
  • Missionary
  • Non-staff Layperson
  • Senior Pastor

Organization Types

  • Church
  • Church Consultancy
  • Parachurch Ministry
  • College/Seminary
  • Denominational Support


Editorial Mission is a leadership megablog for pastors, lay leaders, consultants and denominational leaders. The site features free blogs, videos and downloads designed to help churches grow and fulfill their missions.


Blogs – Our cast of bloggers regularly post insightful, practical posts for senior ministry leaders in search of how-to advice and encouragement.

Videos – Church Central’s archives include more than 300 videos centered on church leadership and growth topics. New clips are posted every week.

Books by Tom Harper

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Leading from the Lions’ Den: Leadership Principles from Every Book of the Bible

While most new leadership books proudly promote themselves as the antidote to previous thinking, Leading from the Lions’ Den takes pride in drawing its wisdom from ideas that have been available for a very long time in the unchanging Word of God.

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Career Crossover: Leaving the Marketplace for Ministry

A growing number of working people are leaving their marketplace jobs today for vocational ministry. In this book, anyone considering such a move will find answers to their questions such as Is God calling me into ministry? and How do I know if it’s really his voice, and how do I respond?


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