Episode 252 - The Easiest Way to get the Best Training for Your Church! (A Conversation with Scott Magdalein)
Have you ever wanted to launch a new ministry, or even just revamp an existing ministry, and you were full of energy and passion and excitement? You put together vision meetings and got buy in and then, at some point, you realized that the most difficult part of the process wasn't dreaming up an idea, or even getting others to believe in the vision. No, all that stuff is child's play compared to...
If you're like me (Jonny) you know the power of good training and the cost of bad training. The best ideas still need people who have been equipped to pull them off. Even ministries that have been operating in your church forever can be broken by bad training. When you get a new volunteer, are you prepared to introduce them to a new ministry in a way that keeps them engaged and excited?
Today, Scott Magdalein from Trainedup.church joins us on the podcast to talk about the easiest way to get the best training no matter what size church you're a part of. Not only do they have great training at Trainedup.church, but they have tools to help you create engaging training videos and courses that connect directly to your context and your people.
Scott also talks about his internet fame as the patriarch of the"Boat Fam" on Youtube. Be sure to check out the adventures of the Magdalein family!
Imagine you are renting a building for a church plant that you started a few years ago and you have begun to run out of space. What started with a few families has grown to a hundred people and you're bursting at the seams. Now you have a decision to make: will you adjust to the space you have, or move your church somewhere else?
On today's podcast, friend of the show and church planter in Rio de Janeiro Pedro Alexandrino, pastor of Capella Church, joins us to talk about how his context drove his decision on where to move his young church plant. Pedro is a reader, thinker, and leader who brings a ton of passion and insight to this conversation that is wide ranging, challenging, and encouraging.
Often we get trapped thinking that if we just acted like our favorite celebrity pastor we could replicate their success in our church, but in reality, every church exists in a unique culture. What works in Seattle won't work in Atlanta and what works in the suburbs won't work in a rural context. We're grateful to Pedro for his insight and his story and we know you'll be inspired by what God is up to in Brazil.
A Video from Pedro's Church
We've all been there. Sunday is coming and you're running out of time, energy, and inspiration. You're searching for a killer illustration or a video to punctuate your point, but nothing is hitting the mark. You need RESOURCES, but you don't know where to look.
Open.Life.Church was created for you! There are literally thousands of FREE resources that have been created not only with Life Church in mind, but with churches around the country and around the world in mind, too.
Whether you need some help with graphics (they have those), a worship song to punctuate a point (yep!) or even a full sermon outline (check and check!) Open.Life.Church has you covered. Take what they have and make it your own or simply copy and paste--it's totally up to you! Their heart is to provide the resources, not control what you do with them.
On today's podcast, we talk to Kyle Kutter who heads up the Open Team at Life.Church. Kyle shares his heart and the heart of Life.Church for equipping churches around the world and the guiding principle behind the Open Network: irrational generosity.
You don't want to miss out on this conversation or the goodiesthat are waiting for you. Enjoy!!
Gary Hanson, Campus Pastor at Meredith Drive Reformed Church, is an introvert. He and Jonny are the campus pastors at the two Meredith Drive Church locations in Des Moines and in Johnston, IA. They are quite opposites in personality. Loud and quiet, talker and thinker, jumper and planner. You can guess which is which!
Today Jonny and I have a conversation with Gary about what it's like to be in ministry and be an introvert. As Gary says, most people think of pastors as people persons, extroverts who love to be in the limelight. That is NOT true - because so many pastors are planners, administrators, thinkers, creative, crave alone time, and are anything but extroverted.
The truth is, the extroverts desperately need the introverts in order to finally get anything accomplished, and the introverts likely only mildly need the extroverts, just to remind them that there are others in the building. :-)
Gary and Jonny get pretty honest about their friendship and working relationship. Then we all try to draw some encouragement from the well for the pastors who might be introverts, but who wish they weren't - they wish they were more outgoing... and why that is the wrong direction to think!
Enjoy this first episode ever about introverted pastors! Quietly tell a friend about it...
Today we have an interview with a small church pastor that you do NOT want to miss!
Ernesto Alaniz is a pastor of a multi-cultural church plant in Flint, Michigan, which he loving refers to as "one of the most miserable places to live in the United States... according to Forbes Magazine."
Ernesto talks to us about his life in ministry--from attending Moody to pastoring a mega-church in the suburbs to selling everything he had and moving to India, and all the way back to Flint. It's a wide-ranging conversation and Ernesto's passion for ministry is palpable in every word. You don't want to miss it.
You can find Ernesto at www.FlintCityChurch.com and on Facebook as Ernesto Alaniz.
Thanks for your support of 200churches. We hope you'll be encouraged by this episode!
Everybody talks about church health, but there are a lot of myths that persist about what really makes a church healthy. Is it how many people show up? How much money is in the bank? How many volunteers you have? Well, all of those things can be related to the health of a church, but they're not the main thing.
In this episode, Jeff and Jonny talk about the foundations of a healthy church, ministry, and even pastor. We believe that it really boils down to ONE thing played out in three different areas. At first, you may be surprised, but we're convinced that by following the greatest commandment, we can have truly healthy churches.
Dave Jacobs joins us from SmallChurchPastor.com! If you would like to improve yourself as a pastor, email Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org and get connected with his focused coaching program for pastors of smaller churches - Dave is experienced and effective!
You know the feeling of getting together with an old friend? How no matter how long it's been since you last saw each other, once you're sitting down and talking it's like no time has passed at all? That's how we feel this week having Dave Jacobs back on the podcast! Dave has been a regular guest since the earliest days of the podcast and we're so glad to have him back on today!
Today Dave is sharing about how the coaching principles he's learned over the past 6 years can help you in your pastoral ministry! You don't have to be a coach yourself to take advantage of Dave's wisdom--this is stuff that will help you today as you lead meetings, lead people, and lead your church.
You won't want to miss out on this episode with Dave so listen right now! We know you'll be encouraged and challenged.
This week Jonny is joined by his friend from seminary: Sam Prellwitz. Sam joined Jeff and Jonny way back on episode 105 and he was gracious enough to return to share some best practices from his church in the area of hospitality!
In this conversation you'll hear Sam's heart for creating a welcoming environment and for reaching new people with the love of Christ. It doesn't matter what size your church is, hospitality matters. We believe that small churches are doing good, Kingdom ministry in their communities and a big part of that is how we welcome visitors to our church. Sam has a lot of practical insights and we know you'll hear something you can use in your church soon!
We've all heard it before, said one way or another, but it's always worth considering again: you have to lead yourself before you can lead your church. We wish it wasn't true. We wish that we could just walk into the office or the sanctuary and be ON at the drop of a hat--but reality doesn't work like that. If you're not emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually growing and thriving, your effectiveness as a leader will always be limited.
On today's episode Jonny hangs out with friend-of-the-show Scott Dalen to talk about what self-leadership looks like and why it's important for your small church. Scott and Jonny pull on some themes from other recent episodes as they dive into the importance of continuing to grow and be self-aware in our ministry lives.
If you enjoy today's episode, check out episode 172 and episode 188 which BOTH feature our buddy Scott and where you can find a whole bunch more encouragement to get you through the small church pastor life.
Episode 243 is our conversation with the founder of www.studentsofjesus.com, Ray Hollenbach. Ray is a pastor's coach, a college theology prof, a church planter, and a church consultant. Ray talks with Jeff and Jonny about the pain of and struggle of the fear and loss, that results from change.
This is an episode that piggybacks off the last one, episode 242, with Tod Bolsinger. If you are struggling as a pastor with keeping up with the rapid change in our society, this episode will give you hope! Paul the Apostle dealt with what we are going through, 10X! Ray refers to him and makes a great point in the process.
This episode will encourage and inspire you as a small church pastor, a 200church pastor! Enjoy!
Until next week...
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