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.
Pastor, speaker and best-selling author, Francis Chan, talks about staying focused on pleasing God rather than those around us.
Slavery still exists in the world and Gary Haugen of IJM says the church isn't doing enough to stop it.
Pastor and author Sam Rodriguez discusses the multi-ethic church and why he believes it is the hope for the nations.
Church strategist Tony Morgan has some ideas to help your church grow numerically and your members, spiritually.
An expert in men's discipleship and leadership, Vince Miller shares the story of his grandfather, the man who mentored him, and the longing that many men have for a mentor.
Author and professor Scot McKnight talks about the importance of the Holy Spirit and how much of the American evangelical church is ignoring the work of the Spirit.
Author and speaker, Kristen Padilla, talks about mentoring young women and discerning God's call in your life in this episode.
Pastor Pete Scazzero describes himself as "an emotional infant leading a church" when God intervened, talks about the importance of emotional health for ministers.
Small town pastor John Sanders provides inspiration and hope to others ministering in rural areas and talks about the strategy of multi-site congregations in small town America.