Contemporary Issues in the Church

Today’s Challenges and the Right Path to the Future 

Course Overview

This course will provide the learner with what is needed to face the challenges and opportunities that the quarantine crisis creates for the local church, including new and better ways to lead the gathered church, a wide-open door for growing the digital church, a moment to rethink the facilities, new strategies for church growth, and much more.

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Course Outline

Introduction and Pathway
Understanding the Nature of “Contemporary”
Understanding the Nature of “Issues”
Understanding the Nature of “Church” (4 parts)
The Church as the Body of Christ
Church Membership (3 parts)
The Outwardly Focused Church
Understanding Important Issues Versus Disruptive Issues
The COVID Pandemic and Disruption
The Aftermath of COVID
Four Major Shifts Resulting from COVID
Technology and COVID
Churches Don’t Know Their Communities (2 parts)
Understanding the Basics: Entry Point
Understanding the Basics: Biblical Preaching
Understanding the Basics: Evangelism
Understanding the Basics: Prayer
The Contemporary Issues Summary (3 parts)

Recommended Textbook

The Post-Quarantine Church

Six Urgent Challenges and Opportunities That Will Determine the Future of Your Congregation

by Thom Rainer

A trustworthy and respected guide for pastors and church leadership in the post-quarantine world, providing hope and vision for the future of your congregation. From thousands of surveys of church leaders and in-person consultations, Thom Rainer and his Church Answers team have gathered the essential wisdom you will need to face the challenges and opportunities that the quarantine crisis creates for the local church

Course Professor

Thom Rainer

Thom S. Rainer is the founder and CEO of Church Answers. With nearly forty years of ministry experience, Thom has spent a lifetime committed to the growth and health of the local church and its leaders. He has been a pastor of four churches and interim pastor of ten churches, as well as a bestselling author, popular speaker, professor, and dean. He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama and earned his MDiv and PhD degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Rainer has written numerous books, including three that ranked as number one bestsellers: I Am a Church Member, Autopsy of a Deceased Church, and Simple Church. He and his wife live in Nashville.

Online Learning

You can access your course at any time on any device. You do not need to install an app or download software.


This course is part of a full certification track offered by Church Answers University. See available certifications here.

5 hours

This course contains five hours of on-demand video that can be started and resumed at any time.

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Course available individually or with certification

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