There's no sugarcoating the fact that the church in America experienced a lot of difficulty in 2018. Podcast host Jason Daye speaks to Megan Briggs, the editor of ChurchLeaders.com, to discuss the highlights of 2018 in this year in review.
"Jesus established a kingdom outpost in the world," Reggie McNeal says. Yet the American church often focuses on a church-centric narrative and church-centric programs. Jason and Reggie discuss how we can get back to the message of kingdom.
“December is generally the most generous time of the year,” Dean Sweetman says. Dean and Frank discuss what pastors can do to leverage the season when their members are thinking about giving.
Jonathan "JP" Pokluda leads The Porch, an influential young adult gathering of more than 3,500 in Texas. He joins ChurchLeaders to talk about mobilizing Millennials in the church.
Natasha Sistrunk Robinson served in the military before devoting herself to ministry. Her experience in military service taught her key principles of leadership and mentoring, which informed her approach to discipling in the church. In our interview, Natasha discusses how church leaders can approach discipleship, what we learn from Moses' life and leadership, and how the church can be on mission for God.
Gavin Rogers wasn't trying to make a political statement when he traveled to Mexico to join the migrant caravan. For Rogers, this was all in a day's pastoral work.
Lysa Terkeurst discusses leading through difficult personal times. In a relatively short period of time, Lysa experienced a major blow to her marriage and two life-threatening illnesses. What God taught her during that time likely won't make it onto a bumper sticker or cute Christian cliche.
Bryan Loritts discusses how the white church and the black church can start doing life together.
Alan Briggs discusses ways pastors and church leaders can move from feeling as if everything in the church rises and falls with themselves and into a place where God is in control of the church they shepherd.
When Pastor Corey Nelson took over the pastorate of a new church in a dangerous neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky, he never intended to start a church for kids. But it turned out that is exactly what God had in mind for that neighborhood.
“Cynicism is subtle, but it’s identifiable because it means, ultimately, the loss of hope," Carey Nieuwhof explains. Join us as he discusses how leaders can shake off cynicism and regain their positive outlook on the future.
Ed Stetzer speaks to pastors trying to lead people during a particularly divisive time. It seems whatever the issue, people are split along tribal lines, political parties, and theological schools of thought. It's more important now than ever that leaders are contributing positively to constructive conversation while also knowing when it is best to say nothing.
Craig Groeschel discusses pastoring in the age of #metoo, pastoring people through seasons of hardship and doubt, and allowing yourself to not have all the answers.
Dr. Les Parrott discusses a tool he and his wife, Leslie, developed after speaking to hundreds of churches engaged in pre-marital counseling. Les believes pre-marriage counseling is an untapped evangelism tool that any Gospel-loving church should leverage.
Pastor Andy Stanley says in order to reach Millennials and the younger generation, we need to follow an early church model of evangelism: Follow first. Believe second. He discusses this as well as his view on the inerrancy of Scripture and why that isn't the best place to start when evangelizing.
Christians have historically been the "weirdos" in society, but there is a fine line between living an alternative lifestyle and pulling "stunts" to get attention.
Pastor Terry Smith talks about making your church a place of hospitality by being intentional about creating an environment where people celebrate the fact that they are doing life with people who are not like them.
Comparing your ministry to others can be toxic for a pastor. Peter Greer suggests finding ways to partner with others involved in kingdom work instead.
Jackie Hill Perry talks about leaving the lesbian lifestyle to follow God's plan for her life.
Coaching and relationships are two ways Allen White uses to get the most out of small groups.
Pastor Rusty George talks about a problem most pastors face: isolation. He offers suggestions and help in finding community.
Ministry can be stressful. Pastor and author Ken Shigemetsu talks about ways to remain calm and focused in your calling.
Rich Stearns, the president of World Vision talks about ways your church can be involved in helping the poor and desperate around the world.
Juli Slattery is a recognized expert in the integration of biblical truth and sexuality. She is a clinical psychologist, author, and speaker, with over twenty-five years of experience counseling, discipling, and teaching women. In this episode she talks about the church's need to explain God's purpose in sexuality.