Launch of Web site marks debut of NetWorld Alliance/Rainer Group partnership

Church Central Associates and nationally recognized church consultant Dr. Thom Rainer today launched a Web site focusing on church health and leadership. offers regular news, features and advice on church health issues, also providing leaders with information on conferences, vendors, products and services.

“ will fill a niche in the world of church leadership by providing pastors, denominational executives and parachurch ministry leaders with valuable news and advice,” Rainer said. “We expect the site’s audience to grow rapidly.” will cover church health, leadership, Sunday school, worship and music ministry, finances, youth, small groups and research. Original and exclusive content are the cornerstones of the new site.

The site is owned and operated by Church Central Associates, a partnership formed by NetWorld Alliance and the Rainer Group, Dr. Thom Rainer’s consulting company. Church Central Associates will host conferences for church leaders and publish a monthly newsletter, the Rainer Report, in addition to operating

The company began operations in January 2002.

The idea for Church Central Associates began when Rainer and NetWorld President Tom Harper shared a vision to create a ministry resource that would focus on church health and leadership.

Rainer, an expert on church health and leadership and the author of 13 books on the topic, is Church Central’s president. He serves as Dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, and is in demand as a speaker. More than 5,000 people annually attend Rainer’s conferences, and Rainer often is asked to give keynote addresses at major denominational events.