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Ministry leadership is about more than just growing your church or organization. It’s about participating in God’s mission in the world. But how can leaders know God’s mission or their unique place in it? Faithful ministry leadership is rooted in a life of deep and abiding faithfulness to Jesus. In “Spiritual Life and Leadership,” Markus Watson and his guests explore what it means to be faithful leaders whose ministry flows from their ever-deepening relationship with God.

Ministry leadership is about more than just growing your church or organization. It’s about participating in God’s mission in the world. But how can leaders know God’s mission or their unique place in it? Faithful ministry leadership is rooted in a life of deep and abiding faithfulness to Jesus. In “Spiritual Life and Leadership,” Markus Watson and his guests explore what it means to be faithful leaders whose ministry flows from their ever-deepening relationship with God.
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Ministry leadership is about more than just growing your church or organization. It’s about participating in God’s mission in the world. But how can leaders know God’s mission or their unique place in it? Faithful ministry leadership is rooted in a life of deep and abiding faithfulness to Jesus. In “Spiritual Life and Leadership,” Markus Watson and his guests explore what it means to be faithful leaders whose ministry flows from their ever-deepening relationship with God.

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Episodes

52. Leadership and Soul Care, with Elaine Hamilton, The Soul Care House

9/15/2019
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I’ve discovered that therapy—good therapy—is something that everyone needs. Especially if you’re in leadership. In this episode, I speak with Elaine Hamilton, founder of a therapy group in San Diego called the Soul Care House. Elaine helps to demystify therapy for us. What is it? Why is it important? Why do leaders, especially, need good therapy? RELEVANT RESOURCES AND...

Duration:00:40:52

51. Healing Homelesness, with Michelle LeBeau, San Diego Rescue Mission

9/9/2019
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There is no easy solution to homelessness and extreme poverty. But some solutions are definitely better than others. In this episode, Michelle LeBeau, Director of Church Partnerships at the San Diego Rescue Mission, shares why deep inner life transformation is so important for helping people escape poverty. RELEVANT RESOURCES AND LINKS https://www.sdrescue.org/https://twitter.com/SD_Rescuemlebeau@sdrescue.orgSpiritual Life and...

Duration:00:54:54

50. When God Became an Atheist, with Kutter Callaway, author of The Aesthetics of Atheism

9/2/2019
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Can someone who is an atheist participate with God in the healing of the world? If a person who doesn’t believe in God volunteers at the local homeless shelter, should Christians dismiss that because the volunteer is not a Christian? If an atheist adopts a child from an abusive home and gives that child a new home full of love and acceptance, a place where that child can heal from the wounds of their past, are we to dismiss that because, well, God is not involved in that? Those are the...

Duration:00:49:36

49. Flourishing, Suffering, and the Renewal of All Things, with Trevor Lee, host of Speak in the Suffering

8/26/2019
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In this episode, Trevor Lee discusses the importance of getting past the ministry model that just tries to get people through our discipleship programs. Instead, we need a model that values the uniqueness and inherent worth of each person. We also talked a lot about suffering. And we talked about the part suffering plays—ironically!—in the healing of the world. RELEVANT RESOURCES AND LINKS Speak in the Suffering podcastA Failure of...

Duration:00:40:26

48. Integrity and Coherence in Leadership, with Lisa Slayton, CEO of Tamim Partners

8/19/2019
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In a broken and confusing world, it is realy hard to know the right thing to do. In this episode, Lisa Slayton doesn’t come with a bunch of clear-cut answers, but she does raise the right questions. And I think she points in the right direction. We need to become people of integrity, people who live lives of coherence. The Hebrew word for this is tamim. Lisa Slayton, the CEO of Tamim Partners, works with leaders and organizations to help them live from a place of integrity and...

Duration:00:45:25

47. Leadership, Anxiety, and Family Systems, with Steve Cuss, author of Managing Leadership Anxiety

8/12/2019
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Over the course of more than twenty years of leading churches and ministries, I’ve learned that a lot of the challenges in leadership aren’t about the people—they are about what happens between the people. About our relationships. About our systems of relationships. I’ve learned that one person’s anxiety can infect, not only a leadership team, but an entire church. And I’ve seen one person’s non-anxiety restore that same team to a state of calmness and reason. In this episode, I’m speaking...

Duration:00:44:00

46. Inviting the Real, with Esther Lightcap Meek, author of A Little Manual for Knowing

8/5/2019
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In her book, A Little Manual for Knowing, Esther Lightcap Meek says that in order to truly know something, we must welcome "the yet-to-be-known with respect, humility, patience, and attentiveness." In fact, radical attentiveness, says Meek, is essential to true knowing. In this episode of Spiritual Life and Leadership, Esther Lightcap Meek, unpacks what she calls "covenant epistemology," an approach to knowing that acknowledges the relationship between the knower and the known. This all...

Duration:01:00:11

45. Retirement and Vocation, with Jeff Haanen, author of An Uncommon Guide to Retirement

7/29/2019
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We are called to participate with God in the healing of the world through our very work--as teachers, as mechanics, as doctors, as attorneys, as salespeople. Our work brings the goodness of God into the world. But what about when we retire? How can we participate with God in the healing of the world then? Jeff Haanen addresses these questions in his book, An Uncommon Guide to Retirement. Jeff challenges us to rethink our understanding of retirement, recognizing that it’s not just an...

Duration:00:35:35

44. Spiritual Formation and Lectio Divina, with Eric Nevins

7/22/2019
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Reading a chapter of the Bible each day is a great place to start when it comes to our spiritual formation, when it comes to growing in our faith. But if we want to keep growing in our faith we have to go deeper. That’s where lectio divina comes in. Lectio divina is a way of not merely getting information about God or about Jesus, but a way of truly experiencing Jesus. It’s a way to not merely read the Bible, but let the Bible read me. It’s a type of reading that involves silence and...

Duration:00:35:59

43. Introduction to "Beyond Thingification: Helping Your Church Engage in God's Mission"

7/15/2019
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The world today is nothing like the world as it was fifty years ago. Because of this, a lot of churches are really struggling with how to be the church in the 21st century. People used to go to church because, well, that’s just what you did. But not anymore. Today, even a lot of Christians don’t go to church—at least not the typical Sunday morning kind of church. My new book, Beyond Thingification: Helping Your Church Engage in God's Mission, is meant to help churches discern how to be the...

Duration:00:15:16

42. Speaking Out Against Injustice, with Kathy Khang, author of Raise Your Voice

7/8/2019
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When I first read Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up, I was captivated almost immediately by a story the author, Kathy Khang, told about a situation in which a friend physically covered her mouth to keep her from asking a challenging question in a meeting. Kathy wrote, “I didn’t realize how powerful my voice could be until someone made sure I wouldn’t be heard.” In this episode, Kathy Khang shares about her journey writing Raise Your Voice, and why it's so important...

Duration:00:40:26

41. The Law of the Splintered Paddle

7/1/2019
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What happens when a couple of Hawaiian fisherman hit King Kamehameha over the head with a canoe paddle so hard that the paddle breaks? You get the Law of the Splintered Paddle. RELEVANT RESOURCES AND LINKS (Full-disclosure: I haven’t read any of these, but they look interesting and seem to have mostly four- and five-star reviews on Amazon)Timeline Hawaii: An Illustrated Chronological History of the IslandsThe Hawaiian MonarchyHawaii

Duration:00:08:20

40. Preaching, Worship, and Justice, with Jennifer Ackerman

6/24/2019
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Jennifer Ackerman, Director of the Lloyd John Ogilvie Institute of Preaching and the Director of the Ogilvie Instutute’s Micah Groups tells us all about Micah Groups in the interview. What are Micah Groups? Micah Groups are a way for spiritual leaders to grow in the integration of preaching, worship, and justice in their ministries. RELEVANT RESOURCES AND LINKS http://www.micahgroups.orgjenniferackerman@fuller.eduDisunity in Christ by Christena Cleveland

Duration:00:37:58

39. Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, with Jimm Greer

6/17/2019
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Jimm Greer is the Founder and President of UMTR2ME (pronounced “You matter to me”), an organization that provides hope, encouragement, and counseling to individuals who are struggling with thoughts of suicide. In this interview, Jimm shares his own story of struggling with mental health challenges and how those challenges led him to start UMTR2ME. RELEVANT RESOURCES AND LINKS http://umtr2me.org/info@umtr2me.orghttps://www.facebook.com/umtr2mehttps://twitter.com/UMTR2ME

Duration:00:37:07

38. You Are God's Beloved

6/10/2019
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How do we measure success as churches? Generally, we measure success the same way the rest of our society does: How many people show up? How big is your budget? How does your facility look? I've heard it refurred to as "bodies, bucks, and buildings." But is that how God measures success? The story of the Prodigal Son is a wonderful reminder that God doesn't measure success the same way we do. God doesn't measure our accomplishments or outcomes. What matters to God is simply the reality that...

Duration:00:28:36

37. Journaling for People Who Hate to Journal, with Tracy Winchell

6/3/2019
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Journaling. Ugh... Some people love it. Some people hate it. Some people feel like they should be doing it because they've been told it will help them grow in their faith. But writing about their thoughts and feelings in a diary just doesn't work for them. Well, along comes Tracy Winchell to give all of the non-journalers a way to keep track of their inner life that will probably work much better for them. So, if you hate journaling—and even if you love it—you might be inspired by Tracy...

Duration:00:35:11

36. The Vulnerable Pastor, with Mandy Smith

5/27/2019
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Mandy Smith, Lead Pastor of University Christian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, has written a wonderful book titled, The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry, in which she shares about the ways our humanity and our weakness are actually a source of strength in our ministries. Too often, we think we have to fit a particular ministry stereotype in order to experience success in our ministries. Mandy exposes that stereotype for what it is, and gives us permission to be who...

Duration:00:36:27

35. God Wants His Kids Back, with Nate Landis

5/20/2019
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Youth ministry is not easy. Especially in our Post-Christendom context. But Nate Landis, President and Founder of Urban Youth Collaborative has created an incredibly effective way for churches to reach out to the next generation. Any kind of church. A young, hip, millennial congregation, or an aging Baby Boomer and beyond congregation. In this episode, Nate Landis shares his passion for kids, for churches, and for helping churches pass their faith on to the next generation. RELEVANT...

Duration:00:38:29

34. A Small Church Making a Big Difference, with Cari Augusta

5/13/2019
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Westmorland Community Presbyterian Church is a small church in California's agricultural Imperial Valley. The town of Westmorland itself struggles with a lot of food insecurity (which happens when a family runs out of food before the next paycheck comes). Last fall, this little church decided to do something about it. Specifically, they started a food pantry that now serves over 100 of the 800 households in the town of Westmorland. In this episode, Cari Augusta tells the story of how the...

Duration:00:38:17

33. Experiencing Shalom at a James Taylor Concert

5/6/2019
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Does God work only through people who are Christians? Does God only show up when we're doing explicitly Christian things? Or can God be experienced anytime there is goodness and beauty and kindness? Personally, I think God can be experienced anytime, anywhere--even at a James Taylor concert! In this episode, I reflect on the themes of broken shalom and restored shalom--which are reflections of God at work in the world--in the music of James Taylor. RELEVANT RESOURCES AND LINKS James...

Duration:00:21:01