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Scott Magdalein on A Better Way To Train Leaders

Brief Overview Every church is looking for more of the right kind of volunteer leaders. But a healthy network of volunteer leaders doesn’t get built by accident. On this episode, Scott Magdalein talks with Matt about Trained Up, an online platform he built to help church leaders equip every one of their volunteer leaders. Big Ideas: The best time to train volunteers is when they get started. Help volunteer leaders take their first step when they excited about the work and eager to...


Justin Trapp on a Better Way to Build Sermons

Brief Overview Most preachers use a collection of digital tools to help prepare sermons. Until recently, there was no solution available that would provide a single resource that could help write, present and store your sermons. But Justin Trapp has created a fantastic resource called Sermonary that you should start using. Big Ideas: Pastors are pressed for time. From social media connections to internal pressure to do more, pastors find their schedules filled with tasks and meetings...


Elliot Grudem on How Pastors Build Friendships

Brief Overview Healthy pastors have friends. But most pastors don’t have friends. So I asked Elliot Grudem to share what he’s learned helping pastors make friends through his work with Leaders Collective. Big Ideas: Pastoral work can be dehumanizing. In the eyes of most people, pastors are not actual people with feelings who are flawed and fallible. Pastors are seen as a commodity, often ignored until they’re needed and when they’re needed, they are expected to be immediately...


How To Build A Counseling Network In Your Church

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Be a hero-maker, not the hero.Don’t outsource what your church is capable of handling.Wisdom isn’t reserved for Christians. It takes a village to help people get healthy and stay healthy. Don’t let your ideals keep people from getting real help. Use our FREE Guide to discover how to build a counseling network. Our conversation set up the basics for you. Now build on that awareness and take action. Based on his expertise as a therapist, Tal walks...


When Large Churches Hurt Small Churches

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Small churches and large churches are different.Large church pastors set the tone.A great church is a discipling churchA simple recipe for small church greatness. If you are a small church pastor who recoils at the idea of anyone thinking that your church is small, please know that churches like yours are the bread-and-butter of Jesus’ kingdom. No other church can do in your city what you and your people can do. Use our FREE Guide to discover...


No Leader Has Ever Been Encouraged Too Much

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Words matter.Discouragement is deadly.Developing courage is a project. Let us help you build courage. Just grab our FREE action plan. It’s simply not enough to know that it’s important to lead with courage. You have to take what you know and put it into action. Let us help you take the awareness that you built by listening to this episode and take action. Learn more here. Links Mentioned In The Episode Feelings WheelAsk Matt and Tal a...


Mac Lake on Discipling Leaders In Your Church

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Leadership Development is biblical.While ‘leadership development’ in churches has become a cottage industry over the past 30 years, developing leaders is a task seen in both the Old Testament and New Testament.Leadership Development is rooted in discipleship.In churches, not all discipleship is leadership development. But all leadership development in the church is discipleship.Mentoring is the most simple and sustainable way to develop...


Pastor Dan Reiland on Why Guests Return To Your Church

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Why guests return to your church is not a mystery.Emphasize personal contact after big church days.Keep going. The number of guests you serve matters less than how you serve each guest. This conversation with Dan reminds us that any church can do a great job at encouraging people to come back and get involved in the life and work that Jesus has given us together. Are You Healthy? Grab Our FREE Assessment And Find Out. Matt’s conversation with...


Sabbath. More Than A Metal Band.

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Too much work is wrecking your health.From stress and anxiety to conflict avoidance and burnout, working more than 45 hours a week is a recipe for disaster. God has given you the gift of Sabbath.While we’re no longer legally obligated to observe the Sabbath, the wisdom of taking at least one day away from work still rings true today. Be honest about your busy seasons. Make time for what matters most. Don’t allow ‘busy seasons’ to become the...


Sympathy or Empathy? That Is The Question...

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: There are two sides to emotional intelligence.Not only do emotionally intelligent leaders understand and articulate their feelings. They are also able to understand and articulate the feelings of other people. The limitations of sympathy. In an attempt to establish connection, a leader might sympathize with someone by sharing their own story. While helpful in letting someone know they’re not alone, sympathy robs someone of an opportunity to be...


Pastor Duke Kwon on Small Steps Towards Cross-Cultural Community

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Encouraging the marginalized will frustrate the majority.In the diverse and disconnected world we live in, a word of encouragement to one group will often serve as a prophetic rebuke to another group. Seeking to avoid this tension in the name of unity results in an echo chamber; the marginalized feel forgotten and the majority culture remains ignorant. God is shaping your story. Duke’s journey from Southern California is a divinely hand-crafted...


Barnabas Piper on Doubt, Curiosity and Preachers’ Kids

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Be yourself spiritually. From Bible versions to written prayers, learn how you best listen and respond to God and give yourself permission to do what’s best for you.Be intentionally curious in all of life.You are not childish if you explore different ways of seeing the world and experiencing life.Doubt can be healthy...or not. “I don’t know, but I trust” is different from “I don’t know so I’m walking away. Churches need human pastorswho are...


Secret #12: Should Men Who Are Church Leaders Learn From Women?

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Our heroes have feet of clay. With gratitude and respect for the work and legacy of John Piper, his conviction that female professors should not teach in seminaryis both extra-biblical and unhelpful. Men are underdeveloped without the help and wisdom of women. Issues get ignored. Perspectives go unchallenged. And roles and relationships in a local church don’t thrive. Take the initiative to listen to the women already around you. Learn from...


Secret #11: How Healthy Churches Respond To Sexual Abuse Allegations

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Churches are not prepared to respond well to accusation Create a simple checklist for use in case of an accusation Love the accused and the accuser Few challenges are greater in a church than a leader accused of sexual abuse or sexual assault. Churches consistently rush to conclusions rather than take appropriate measures to protect everyone and pursue justice. This episode provides a step-by-step plan for turning intention into reality. Want...


Secret #10: A simple way to lose fat and live longer

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Walking is the #1 form of exercise the human body is designed for. It’s smart to lift heavy things and elevate your heart rate. But nothing is more foundational to human movement than walking. Walking provides powerful benefits. From helping you clear your mind and reduce stress to losing belly fat and slowing down the rate of cellular aging, walking increases the quality and quantity of life Walk 10,000 steps each day. Whether you do this all at...


Pastor Jason Cook on Calling and Pastoring a Multi-Ethnic Church

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: The Gospel and Race. Issues of racism (personal or systemic) or building communities that cross the lines of race are not incidental to the gospel. They are not implications. They are at the heart of the good news of Jesus. The Role of Women in the Development of Pastors. Anyone training for vocational ministry in seminary needs both men and women to help develop the competence and character necessary to pastor well. The Hard Road of Becoming a...


Yancey Arrington on Preaching That Moves People

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Tribal Preaching. Our theology, philosophy, and methodology of preaching find common ground with others who share our convictions. Finding and actively engaging our tribe helps strengthen our resolve and clarify convictions. However… No tribe has all the answers. Each tribe’s approach to preaching contains both wisdom and flaws. We need to learn broadly to shore up weaknesses and reduce our blind spots. Preach to the heart. Preachers must be...


Five Factors Podcast Secret 9 - Make your kids a bigger priority than your work

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: The low-level pressure of parenting. Parenting gets lost in the urgency of your work. Make small investments in parenting. We know you love your kids more than your work. But do they know that’s true? This episode will help you match how you feel with what they experience. Need help talking to your kids? Grab Our FREE Set of Conversation Starters. We’ve put together a handful of questions *COMING SOON* that you can use to create significant...


Secret #8 - Lessons Learned From Dr. King

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Your perspective is limited. You are one person living in one place at a particular moment in history. Don’t assume you see the whole picture. You grow under stress. Healthy leaders are curious, looking to learn from others who challenge and stretch current thinking, values and behaviors. Invest in “weird” relationships.The walls of resistance crumble fastest through conversations with people we trust. Church leaders are notorious for closing...


Five Factors Podcast Secret 7 - The Biggest Mistake Leaders Make

Biggest Takeaways You Don't Want To Miss: Leadership dies from self-inflicted wounds. Your unhealthy response to conflict and challenges creates a downward spiral of guilt and shame. You need to cover your bases. The Five Factors framework helps you build the resilience, endurance, presence, hope and ambition you need to thrive as a leader. New year, next step. The change you need will be achieved one step at a time. Clarify where you need to grow, simplify your plan and focus on the next...


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