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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

96. Crossing Leadership Thresholds, with Jeff Crosby, Publisher of InterVarsity Press

3/2/2021
Jeff Crosby, Publisher of InterVarsity Press, has learned the importance of discerning what he calls thresholds—those places and times in a leader's life when it becomes clear that a transition is about to take place. Jeff shares with us the way he has been able to discern how to navigate these leadership thresholds. THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: InterVarsity PressMe Be Like Jesus? John StottFrancis SchaefferJames SirePaul Little@jeffcrosby2www.ivpress.com RELEVANT RESOURCES AND...

Duration:00:38:28

95. Judgment and Grace, with Jay Bakker, pastor of Revolution Church

2/16/2021
Jay Bakker, the son of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, was 11 years old when his parents’ ministry started to fall apart and only 13 when his dad began his prison term. It's hard to imagine what that experience must have been like for him. In this episode, Jay Bakker and I talk about what it was like for him. And we talk about how his experience shaped him spiritually—especially in regard to his understanding of judgment and grace. THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: The Eyes of...

Duration:00:40:54

94. Centering Prayer, with Rich Lewis, author of Sitting with God

2/2/2021
Centering prayer is a form of silent, wordless prayer and a wonderful practice for spiritual formation. Rich Lewis, author of Sitting with God: A Journey to Your True Self Through Centering Prayer, has been practicing centering for a long time. He has writes about centering prayer, trains individuals and groups how to practice centering prayer, and in this episode teaches us how to engage in centering prayer. THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Sitting With God: A Journey to Your True Self...

Duration:00:33:40

93. Is American Unity Possible?

1/26/2021
Is American unity possible? Americans have wrestled with this question for years. After a violent insurrection and a new administration now in place, the question seems more important than ever. Clearly, the United States is a divided nation. So divided, in fact, that many believe unity is not possible. How can staunch Trump supporters unite with the Democratic party? How can staunch Biden supporters unite with the Republican party? It seems beyond the realm of possibility. And, yet, I...

Duration:00:24:23

92. Against a Culture of Abuse, with Scot McKnight and Laura Barringer, authors of A Church Called Tov

1/19/2021
Scot McKnight and Laura Barringer have written a powerful book that addresses abuse of power in churches. The book is titled, A Church Called Tov, and the purpose is to help churches nurture cultures of goodness (the meaning of the Hebrew word tov). In this episode, we discuss why some churches develop toxic cultures of abuse and how to work against that by nurturing cultures of goodness. THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Northern SeminaryA Church Called Tov.A Church Called...

Duration:00:40:05

91. Prayer for a President in Pain

1/9/2021
The events of this past week, and especially January 6, 2021, have been astonishing. Never did I imagine that American citizens would attack and infiltrate the United States Capitol building. But it happened. And at the center of this is Donald Trump, the President of the United States. As problematic as Donald Trump's presidency has been, he is a beloved child of God who is in deep pain right now. And I feel compelled to pray for him with compassion. In this episode, I share some of my...

Duration:00:25:15

90. Transformative Loss, with Kevin White, author of Audacious Generosity

1/5/2021
Kevin White, author of Audacious Generosity, shares his story of being terminated from the church he had planted just a few years earlier. That experience could have crushed him. But gave him deeper clarity about what really matters—and it led to a whole new ministry that blesses hundred of people every month. THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Global Hope IndiaAudacious GenerosityGlobal Hope India RELEVANT RESOURCES AND...

Duration:00:42:09

89. The God Who Sets Things Right, Luke 1:46-55

12/22/2020
God is a God who sets things right. And that's what we see in Mary's Song--The Magnificat--in Luke 1:46-55. As we approach the end of 2020, for many of us it is clearer than ever just how broken our world is. Disease. Racism. Poverty and lost financial security. Violence. Division. Injustice. These are the kinds of headlines that dominated the news this past year. But as broken as our world clearly is, it’s actually not more broken than the world into which Jesus was born. Jesus’ world,...

Duration:00:31:51

88. The Border Church, with Seth Clark

12/8/2020
The Border Church is a beautiful and prophetic expression of border resistance as followers of Jesus in San Diego, California, join together at the border with Jesus-followers in Tijuana, Mexico--even sharing Communion through the border fence. In this episode, I’m speaking with Seth Clark, Director of the Pastoral Team forThe Border Church. THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: The Border ChurchThe Border ChurchThe Border ChurchThe Border ChurchOpen Wound, Open TableThe Border ChurchThe...

Duration:00:42:06

87. Racism and the Trials of Hercules, with Dr. Jerome Butler, host of Moments of Grace

11/24/2020
Dr. Jerome Butler, host of the Moments of Grace podcast and author of numerous books, shares about his experiences with racism and likens the African American experience to the trials of Hercules in Greek mythology—a fascinating comparison! THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Moments of GraceManaging the Miracle,Power of Your DestinyTransformation of the MindThe Krystal Kingdomwww.drajrbutler.comajrbutler@gmail.com RELEVANT RESOURCES AND...

Duration:00:50:25

86. Leading Like Jesus, with Ken Blanchard

11/10/2020
Leading like Jesus means healthy leadership. Ken Blanchard has been writing and teaching about healthy leadership for a long time. In this interview, Ken shares about his youth, how he came to faith, what it was like when The One-Minute Manager became a massive success (including how it impacted his faith journey), and what it means to lead like Jesus. THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Lead Like JesusLeading at a Higher LevelThe One-Minute ManagerManagement of Organizational Behavior:...

Duration:00:44:27

85. Pledge and Consent, with Esther Lightcap Meek, author of A Little Manual for Knowing

10/27/2020
Pledge and consent are crucial in the experience of knowing. In this episode, Esther Lightcap Meek and I talk about chapter 2 of her book, A Little Manual for Knowing. In that chapter—and in this episode—Esther shows us that if we are to truly know someone or something, then we need to pledge ourselves to that which is yet-to-be-known. We need to pledge ourselves to the “knowing venture” and we need to pledge to be open to—to consent to—the reality of that which we are coming to know. THIS...

Duration:00:49:05

84. Grace-Filled Politics, with Aaron Schafer, author of The Politically Homeless Christian

10/20/2020
Aaron Schafer has written an excellent book titled, The Politically Homeless Christian, in which he explores the current state of politics and how we as followers of Jesus are called to engage politically. And that's what we talk about in this episode. If you, too, find yourself politically homeless, you will find this conversation incredibly valuable. THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: The Politically Homeless ChristianThe Politically Homeless Christian www.aaronschaferblog.com RELEVANT...

Duration:00:41:09

83. Disorienation and Spiritual Leadership, with Tod Bolsinger, author of Leadership for a Time of Pandemic

10/13/2020
Tod Bolsinger, author of Leadership for a Time of Pandemic, knows about leadership in times of disorientation. And 2020 is certainly a time of disorientation! A global pandemic. A worldwide economic recession. Social unrest and an outcry for racial justice. But it’s not the first time we’ve experienced disorientation. Perhaps what makes 2020 unique is the global nature of what is happening and the fact that the challenges won’t seem to go away. In this episode, Tod Bolsinger helps us...

Duration:00:37:31

82. Narcissism and Spiritual Leadership, with Chuck DeGroat, author of When Narcissism Comes to Church

9/29/2020
Chuck DeGroat has written a fantastic book titled, When Narcissism Comes to Church, which he unpacks for us in this episode. Most of us who are in positions of spiritual leadership have some tendencies toward narcissism. Many of us want to be loved and respected--and sometimes we think of ourselves as pretty awesome. But then there are those who are truly narcissistic, who are so unhealthy that they leave a wake of misery and destruction in their ministries. THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS...

Duration:00:39:18

81. Anger and Spiritual Leadership, with Chuck Whitley

9/15/2020
Chuck Whitley knows that if you’re a leader, you have experienced anger. Well, if you’re a human being, you’ve experienced anger. The truth is, anger is a normal, natural human emotion. The question is, as leaders, how should we navigate our anger in a way that is ultimately productive and that leads to greater health for our organization and greater shalom for those we lead? Chuck Whitley, helps us better understand what’s going on when we experience anger and how to navigate it in a way...

Duration:00:38:04

80. A Gospel That Feels Like Good News, with James Choung, author of True Story

9/1/2020
James Choung, the author of True Story: A Christianity Worth Believing In, outlines a way of talking about Jesus that addresses, not only our need for eternal life, but also God’s desire to bring restoration to the world today and our invitation to participate with God in that work of restoration. This is a fantastic interview about sharing a Gospel that is truly good news, not only for the afterlife, but also—and perhaps even more importantly—for the here and now. THIS EPISODE'S...

Duration:00:45:31

79. The Loss of Evangelical Identity, with Michael Cooper, author of When Evangelicals Sneeze

8/14/2020
Evangelical identity has changed. The word “evangelical” carries a lot of baggage these days. There was a time when it primarily denoted a theological conviction that included a recognition of the Scriptures as God’s word, an understanding of our need for salvation through Jesus, and a commitment to caring for the “least of these.” Unfortunately, that’s no longer what most non-Christians think of when they hear the word “evangelical.” Today, evangelical identity has become--for a lot of...

Duration:00:42:59

78. Redefining Success, with Tim Winders, host of Seek Go Create

8/4/2020
Tim Winders had it all. A beautiful home, three companies each valued in the millions. He was, by all accounts, very successful. Then the 2008 recession hit and he and his family began the slow descent of financial collapse that culminated with the loss of their home and essentially becoming homeless. In this episode, you’ll hear how Tim’s life was transformed through this experience and how his experience of suffering and loss drew him into a much deeper relationship with God than he...

Duration:00:57:39

77. To Know the World and Still Love It, with Steven Garber, author of Visions of Vocation

7/21/2020
Steven Garber has spent his life helping people get a clearer understanding of vocation in general, but also helping them get clear on their own unique vocations. In this interview, he will do the same for you. Near the end of the episode, Steve tells three brief stories to help us understand why pastors and churches need to have a robust understanding of vocation, so be sure you listen to the end. THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Visions of VocationTo a Long-Loved LoveVisions of...

Duration:00:38:29