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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

132. The Role of Nostalgia in Spiritual Leadership, with Mark Roberts and Tod Bolsinger

7/5/2022
Mark Roberts is the former Executive Director of Fuller Seminary’s DePree Center for Leadership. Mark now leads the Third Third Initiative at the DePree Center. In this episode, Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson discuss three clips from a recent webinar by Mark Roberts on the topic of nostalgia. We learn about the difference between historical nostalgia and personal nostalgia. We discuss the positive effects of nostalgia. And then we reflect on how to lead people pastorally through the...

Duration:00:48:13

131. Spiritual Leadership in the Digital Space, with Laura Murray

6/21/2022
What is a digital silent retreat? In this episode, Laura Murray, a pastor and spiritual director, will tell the story of how she began to use Zoom to lead digital silent retreats while people were quarantining due to Covid, as well as offer insight into how to lead your own digital silent retreats. THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDES: digital silent retreats RELEVANT RESOURCES AND LINKS: www.laurabmurray.com/retreatsThis Here Flesh,Church Leadership Institute

Duration:00:35:04

130. Pursuing Your Purpose, with Nicholas Pearce, author of The Purpose Path

6/7/2022
Nicholas Pearce is the author of The Purpose Path. He is also Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Founder & CEO of The Vocati Group. In this episode, Nicholas Pearce discusses what success really is. Spoiler alert—it has nothing to do with bigger, better, and more. It has to do with faithfully following the purpose to which God has called us. THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: The Purpose Path. Northwestern...

Duration:00:35:35

129. Recalibrating the Church Around Jesus, with Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch, authors of ReJesus

5/24/2022
Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch are the authors of ReJesus: Remaking the Church in our Founder’s Image. In a world in which the church has in many ways lost, not only the image of Jesus, but also the centrality of Jesus, how do we once again become the church we were meant to be? The church that the world needs us to be? In this episode, Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch discuss how we can recalibrate the church with Jesus at the center. THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: ReJesus: Remaking the...

Duration:00:44:29

128. Letting Go of the Solo-Heroic Leader in You, with Bryan Sims, author of Leading Together

5/10/2022
Bryan Sims is the author of Leading Together: The Holy Possibility of Harmony and Synergy in the Face of Change. He is also a coach with Spiritual Leadership Inc. and a professor at Asbury Theological Serminary. In this episode, Bryan Sims discusses the importance of shared leadership. As we lead through these challenging times, leaders need to be able to bring people together—to draw on all our gifts and talents and knowledge. We are called to lead healthy teams of people in order to...

Duration:00:41:23

127. From Sunday-centric to Mission-centric, with Jon Ritner, author of Positively Irritating

4/26/2022
Jon Ritner is the author of Positively Irritating: Embracing a Post-Christian World to Form a More Faithful and Innovative Church. In this episode, we discuss what it means to be the church in a post-Christendom world. How can the church be the kind of church that a Post-Christendom world actually needs—and the kind of church that God is calling the church to be? THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Positively Irritating: Embracing a Post-Christian World to Form a More Faithful and...

Duration:00:46:20

126. A Crisis of Adult Discipleship, with Brian Wallace, Executive Director of the Center for Spiritual Formation

4/12/2022
The church is experiencing what Brian Wallace calls a crisis of adult discipleship. We have plenty of people going to church. But that doesn’t necessarily translate into faithful, deep discipleship. In this episode Brian Wallace discusses how to address that challenge. Brian is the Executive Director of Fuller Seminary’s Center for Spiritual Formation, and he helps us understand the critical components necessary for deep spiritual formation. THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Brian...

Duration:00:36:49

125. Fruitful Leadership, with Tom Nelson, author of The Flourishing Pastor

3/29/2022
Tom Nelson is author of The Flourishing Pastor, as well as the senior pastor of Christ Community Church in Kansas City and the president of Made to Flourish. In this episode, Tom Nelson unpacks what it means to be a flourishing pastor--a pastor who lives and leads from a deep well of inner health and wholeness. THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: The Flourishing PastorThe Flourishing Pastor RELEVANT RESOURCES AND LINKS: The Flourishing...

Duration:00:36:48

124. Racial Justice, Sexual Wholeness, and the Way of Jesus, with Rich Villodas, author of The Deeply Formed Life

3/15/2022
Rich Villodas is the lead pastor at New Life Fellowship and the author of The Deeply Formed Life, in which he explores five values that help us live in union with Jesus. In this interview, Rich and I focus on two of those five values: racial justice and reconciliation and sexual wholeness. These are not values typically associated with spiritual formation, but they are incredibly important nonetheless to being formed in the way of Jesus. THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: The Deeply...

Duration:00:33:57

123. Gentrification and Spiritual Leadership, with Mark Strong, author of Who Moved My Neighborhood

3/1/2022
Gentrification is a process by which a local group of residents are slowly pushed out by economic forces, making room for a new group of residents. In his book, Who Moved My Neighborhood: Leading Congregations through Gentrification and Economic Change, Mark Strong helps local churches navigate that challenge of gentrification. And in this episode, Mark unpacks, not only the effects of gentrification on local residents and churches, but also how to respond with resilience and grace in the...

Duration:00:47:03

122. Burned Out and Broken, with Michael MacKenzie, author of Don't Blow Up Your Ministry

2/15/2022
Michael MacKenzie, the Executive Director of Marble Retreat and the author of Don’t Blow Up Your Ministry, has been working with pastors in crisis for a long time. In this episode, Michael will help us understand not only the danger signs of an impending ministry blow-up, but also how to heal after we’ve blown up our ministry. THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Marble RetreatDon’t Blow Up Your Ministry RELEVANT RESOURCES AND LINKS: Marble Retreat websiteDon’t Blow Up Your...

Duration:00:38:20

121. Rewrite Your Story, with Ian Morgan Cron, author of The Story of You

2/1/2022
Ian Morgan Cron is an Enneagram teacher, host of the Typology podcast, and author of the new book, The Story of You: An Enneagram Journey to Becoming Your True Self. Every person has a story. You’ve got a story. I’ve got a story. And not just a story of what actually happened, but a story we tell ourselves to help make sense of our lives. In this episode, Ian Morgan Cron helps us understand that the stories we bring into adulthood often aren't helpful. As leaders, we need to write a new,...

Duration:00:36:48

120. Forming Leadership Resilience, with Tod Bolsinger, Executive Director of the Church Leadership Institute

1/18/2022
Leadership resilience is about maintaining one's core purpose and identity while the world changes around us. It is especially important for those of us in ministry leadership as we navigate this rapidly changing and disruptive world in which we live. In this episode, Tod Bolsinger discusses three things we can do to grow our leadership resilience. THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Church Leadership InstituteTempered ResilienceCrossing the Unknown SeaResilience: Why Things Bounce...

Duration:00:34:10

119. Being Leaders of Grace in a Divided World, with Kirsten Powers, author of Saving Grace

1/4/2022
Saving Grace, by Kirsten Powers, addresses the challenge of leadership in a divided world. How can we be people of grace when we are surrounded by so much ungrace? As a USA Today columnist and senior political analyst for CNN—and a committed follower of Jesus—Kirsten Powers comes at this challenge as someone who has had to wrestle with her own tendency toward ungrace. In this interview, Kirsten Powers gives us some really important wisdom on the subject of grace, ungrace, dividedness, and...

Duration:00:35:41

118. Forecasting and Innovation, with Tom Sine and Dwight Friesen, co-authors of 2020s Foresight

12/21/2021
Dwight Friesen and Tom Sine coach and consult with churches in the area of foresight and innovation. They are alo co-authors of 2020s Foresight: Three Vital Practices for Thriving in a Decade of Accelerating Change. There’s no denying that the world just keeps changing and it feels like the church is constantly playing catch-up. But here’s the thing. We can’t keep playing catch up. We have to start asking not, “How do we need to change to be the church for today?” But, “How do we need to...

Duration:00:45:12

117. Leading with Courage and Integrity in Times of Discontinuous Change

12/7/2021
It is really hard to be a church leader these days, isn’t it? The world we live in today is not the world we prepared for as ministry leaders—especially in light of everything we’ve been through over the last couple of years. So, what do you do when you find yourself essentially thrust into a world for which you weren’t prepared? What do you do when all the rules have changed? What do you do in a time of what some call discontinuous change? In this episode, Markus Watson unpacks the...

Duration:00:32:28

116. Power, Vulnerability, Rest, with Tod Bolsinger, Executive Director of the Church Leadership Institute

11/23/2021
When Jesus told his disciples that "whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave," that was an incredibly counter-cultural statement. It's unfortunate that the church has often rejected this teaching and, instead, has sought to "lord it over' those around them. In this episode, Tod Bolsinger and Markus Watson reflect on the themes of power, vulnerability, and rest. THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Church Leadership...

Duration:00:38:01

115. Poverty Alleviation and Spiritual Leadership, with Rob Gailey, author of Development in Mission

11/9/2021
Rob Gailey is Professor of Business and Director of the Center for International Development at Point Loma Nazarene University, as well as the co-author of Development in Mission: A Guide for Transforming Global Poverty and Ourselves. The issue of poverty alleviation is probably one of the most challenging issues, not only for the church, but for the world in general. As both a missionary and a business professor, Rob Gailey brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to this topic. THIS...

Duration:00:40:41

114. Meaningful Work, with Michaela O'Donnell, author of Make Work Matter

10/26/2021
Michaela O’Donnell is the Executive Director of the Depree Center for Leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary and the author of Make Work Matter: Your Guide to Meaningful Work in a Changing World. The world of work has changed. Rarely do people stay at the same company for decades (which used to be the norm). No people move from job to job every few years. The gig economy has change the world of work. And if you haven't noticed, the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated all these...

Duration:00:40:13

113. Flourishing Leadership, with Andy Crouch, author of Strong and Weak

10/12/2021
Andy Crouch is Partner for Theology and Culture at Praxis and the author of Strong and Weak. In this episode, Andy Crouch discusses the roles of both strength and weakness--authority and vulnerability--in our leadership. So often, we assume the greatest leaders are the ones who exhibit great authority. Or maybe we believe the greatest leaders let go of all their authority and lead only from a place of vulnerability. But that’s a false dichotomy. Leaders that bring true flourishing lead...

Duration:00:36:17