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stuff you wish they taught in seminary.

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stuff you wish they taught in seminary.

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Episodes
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Volunteering as Mission: Cultivating a Culture of Engagement with Mary Ann Sibley

4/18/2024
Thanks for joining in the unSeminary podcast. Today we’re talking with Mary Ann Sibley, church leader cheerleader and volunteer ministry ninja who works to make you look like the hero as you improve your volunteer culture. Does it ever feel like there’s a lack of ownership when people serve at your church? How do you […]

Duration:00:38:01

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From 1,000 to 2,000 in 1,000 Days: Key Metrics for Explosive Church Growth

4/17/2024
Today, we’re diving into the mechanics of rapid church growth, specifically how a church can potentially double in size—from 1,000 to 2,000 members—in just 1,000 days. If you’ve been pondering how to expand your congregation effectively and sustainably, this is the episode for you. The Balance of Growth Rapid church growth is exhilarating but maintaining […]

Duration:00:15:08

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Embracing the Future with Humility: Community Christian’s Leadership Succession with Ted Coniaris

4/11/2024
Welcome back to the unSeminary podcast. Today we’re talking with Ted Coniaris, the Lead Pastor Apprentice at Community Christian Church. One of the fastest growing churches in the country, Community Christian is an entrepreneurial church which has been a ministry “teaching hospital” and vanguard for decades. Whether it’s five years or fifty years, every lead […]

Duration:00:38:56

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Attention Economy: Understanding Its Impact On Your Church’s Mission

4/10/2024
In our rapidly evolving digital landscape, the concept of the attention economy has become increasingly relevant, especially for churches seeking to navigate this new terrain effectively. At its core, the attention economy is about the commodification of human attention, where businesses and organizations vie for our focus amidst an overwhelming sea of information. This shift […]

Duration:00:16:15

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Redemptive Poverty Work: Transforming Urban Communities Through Faith with Rev. Dr. Alvin Sanders

4/4/2024
Thank you for joining us at the unSeminary podcast. We’re excited to have Rev. Dr. Alvin Sanders from World Impact with us. This organization comes alongside church leaders and offers training and support designed for the urban context. The American Church has devalued the urban space, either fearing it or viewing it as something to […]

Duration:00:36:50

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Easter 2024 Stats Exposed: Insights Your Church Can’t Afford to Ignore

4/3/2024
During this episode of the unSeminary, we dived into the Easter 2024 attendance figures, collating responses from a wide array of churches. The total combined attendance hit a staggering 249,377, revealing much about the state of church engagement during this important “Eventful Big Day.” The Importance of Eventful Big Days Easter can be an “Eventful […]

Duration:00:21:49

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The Jewish Road: Uniting Act 1 and Act 2 of Our Faith Journey with Matt Davis

3/28/2024
Welcome back to the unSeminary podcast. We’re talking with Matt Davis from The Jewish Road, an organization that works to help Christians make sense of their Jewish roots while helping Jews make sense of Jesus. Most Christians have a basic understanding of Jesus and His teachings, but they aren’t getting the whole story. Jesus has […]

Duration:00:37:46

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From Vision to Reality: Crafting a Future Where More People Meet Jesus with Paul Alexander

3/21/2024
Thanks for tuning in to the unSeminary podcast. Today I’m joined by Paul Alexander, the Executive Pastor at Sun Valley Community Church in Arizona. As church leaders, sometimes we can have a natural aversion to strategic planning. Yet we see in the scriptures, from beginning to end, that God has a plan. And He wants […]

Duration:00:35:12

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Leading Through Growth: Executive Pastor Roundtable with Jeremy Peterson, Kayra Montañez, & Jesse DeYoung

3/20/2024
This episode of unSeminary brings together a distinguished panel of Executive Pastors—Jeremy Peterson, Kayra Montañez, and Jesse DeYoung—for an insightful roundtable discussion. These seasoned leaders from across the country share their frontline experiences and strategies in navigating the complexities of expanding churches in today’s rapidly changing ecclesiastical landscape. What You’ll Learn: Guest Bios: This episode […]

Duration:01:00:08

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Wonderful: Charting the Path to Fulfillment in a World Overflowing with Options with Travis Spencer

3/14/2024
Thanks for joining the unSeminary podcast. Today we have with us Travis Spencer, the lead pastor at The Fields Church in Mattoon, Illinois. We’re talking with Travis about his book Wonderful: How to Live a Fulfilled Life in a Very Full World. Have you ever thought about writing a book? Tune in as Travis discusses […]

Duration:00:37:49

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Bridgetown’s Pivot from Livestream to Local: Kenny Jahng & Rich Birch Discuss

3/13/2024
In an era where digital presence is almost synonymous with accessibility, Bridgetown Church’s recent decision to cancel their livestream services stands out as a bold counter-current move. This episode of the unSeminary podcast, featuring a conversation between host Rich Birch and guest Kenny Jahng, dives deep into the implications and motivations behind this pivot. Here’s […]

Duration:00:31:39

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Unlocking Generosity and Engagement: Key Takeaways from Church Growth Incubator Retreat

3/7/2024
In today’s episode of the unSeminary podcast, we pull back the curtain on an extraordinary gathering that promises to revolutionize the way church leaders envision growth and community engagement. Fresh from the Church Growth Incubator retreat held at Mariner’s Church in Irvine, Southern California, we’re eager to share a treasure trove of wisdom that emerged […]

Duration:00:20:36

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From Attendance to Engagement: Zach Interviews Rich About Transforming Your Church’s Growth Strategy

2/29/2024
Welcome back to the unSeminary podcast. Today I’m happy to sit down with Zach Zehnder, who runs an organization called Red Letter Living. The mission of Red Letter Living is to challenge all people to become greater followers of Jesus Christ. Thousands of individuals and hundreds of churches have taken one of their 40-day discipleship […]

Duration:01:01:39

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The Diffusion of Innovation Curve and Leading Change at Your Church

2/28/2024
In the dynamic landscape of church leadership, the concept of change is both inevitable and essential. As leaders, our mission extends beyond merely maintaining the status quo; it involves steering our congregations toward a brighter, more engaging future. This journey of transformation, however, is far from straightforward. It demands a nuanced understanding of how change […]

Duration:00:13:02

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FILO: Empowering Technical Artists in Your Church with Todd Elliott

2/22/2024
Thanks for tuning in to the unSeminary podcast. Today we’re talking with Todd Elliott, a writer, speaker and audio engineer serving the local church. He’s also the founder of FILO: First In, Last Out, which is built around supporting technical artists who serve the local church. Do you ever feel like there is a disconnect […]

Duration:00:40:51

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Church Merger Tactic: Expanding Your Church’s Reach with “The Letter Method”

2/21/2024
In today’s solo episode, I’m diving deep into a topic close to my heart and crucial for any growing or multi-site church considering expansion: church mergers. This isn’t just another growth strategy; it’s a pivotal approach that could significantly impact how we reach more people and foster an inviting church culture. The Growing Trend of […]

Duration:00:12:57

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From Downturn to Turnaround to Steady Growth in a Rural-ish Community with Joseph Berkobien

2/15/2024
Thanks for joining us for the unSeminary podcast. We’re happy to be talking with Joseph Berkobien, the Lead Pastor of Frankenmuth Bible Church in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Transitions in leadership can be challenging times for churches. How do you recover and grow after a season of decline? Tune in as Joseph shares the turnaround story of […]

Duration:00:36:32

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Reflections on Christian Ministry at the Halfway Point with Jon Thompson

2/8/2024
Welcome back to the unSeminary podcast. We’re talking with Jon Thompson, the lead pastor at Sanctus Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Being a Christian leader is a marathon, not a sprint. In the middle of the social media and the politics and the pressures and the fear and the questions, we can be tempted to […]

Duration:00:34:06

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From Eye Rolls to Engagement: Boosting the Effectiveness of Your Church’s Announcements

2/7/2024
This episode tackles a critical yet often overlooked aspect of church services: announcements. Far from being mere placeholders, announcements have the potential to drive engagement within your church significantly. We start with a relatable discussion on why church announcements typically induce eye rolls rather than enthusiasm. Recognizing this issue is the first step towards transformation. […]

Duration:00:11:44

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Protecting Your Church’s DNA: Jon Delger on Building Culture Within a Fast-Growing Church

2/1/2024
Thanks for joining us at the unSeminary podcast. We have Jon Delger with us today, the Executive Pastor at Peace Church in Michigan—one of the fastest growing churches in the country. Whether your church is growing a little or a lot, change to the people making up your church will change your culture. How can […]

Duration:00:29:51