Here's the truth: sometimes it's hard to admit we don't have all the answers. Or that we don't have it all together. Or even something as simple as "I'm just too tired to think about that right now." We want to prove we can do it all! Like our friend Ronnie Brown once said, we like to pretend we have a big red "S" on our shirts.
But... we don't. And we can't do it all. And that's not a bad thing, that's actually the way God planned it.
On today's episode, Mandy Smith joins us again to talk about how vulnerable pastors lead teams, recruit leaders, and manage their time. Mandy brings so much depth and wisdom to the podcast and we know that you'll be encouraged and challenged by her story and experience.
Mandy Smith is the Senior Pastor of University Christian Church in Cincinnati OH.
For more with Mandy, check out episode 184 where she shares about her book, The Vulnerable Pastor, and be sure tocheck out more of her work at Missio Alliance as part of their writing collective!
You won't want to miss out on next week's episode featuring Jemar Tisby of the Reformed African American Network. We had a great conversation with him that we can't wait to share with you!
Until then, enjoy episode 223 and thanks for pastoring people in Kingdom living in your 200church!
The Straight Dope: the plain, unvarnished truth, especially something that's hard to hear. Well, that's pretty clear, and that's what Matt Frey is delivering in the area of discipleship in the local church, and in the life of the Christian!
If you want to get a bead on Matt, check out his Men's Ministry Invitation video here. Matt is the Discipleship Pastor at Pathway Church in Beaver Falls, PA. When Matt, Jeff, and Jonny recorded this episode, Matt and Jeff had not talked in over 25 years. Like any old friend, you pick right up where you left off, without skipping a beat!
The magic of this episode is that Matt is able to talk to all of us pastors in smaller churches, the straight dope - on discipleship! Very practical, very encouraging!
More than 25 years ago, Jeff and Matt worked together on a belt at UPS. Back then, neither one of them could even imagine podcasting, let alone think that they'd be talking to each other over two decades later, encouraging thousands of pastors all over the world.
And yet here we are! Matt Frey joins us today to talk about his 11 years as a Discipleship Pastor in Beaver Falls, PA and give some awesome insight into how we can think about and encourage discipleship in our small churches! If you've ever struggled with Sunday school, small groups, or just the big idea of discipleship in general, today's podcast will help you think in fresh ways and have a huge impact on your ministry.
On today's podcast, Jeff has a conversation with Robin Boda, from Bridge of Hope, an urban missionary in St. Louis, MO. Robin shares stories and insights from years of working in and for her community and is realistic about the difficulties and the incredible benefits of committing yourself to your community.
We have talked on this topic many times, but some of our favorite conversations were episode 159 where we talk about growing your community impact, and episode 127 with Karl Vaters where we discuss making an impact beyond the four walls of your church! If Robin's conversation got you thinking about cultivating diversity in your church, we ALWAYS point people back to episode 86 with Christena Cleveland and her discussion of the book "Disunity in Christ."
We hope that this episode has been encouraging to you and your ministry!
John Chandler from the SermonSmith Podcast, joins us to talk about sermon craft, bi-vocational ministry, missional ministry, and family/ministry balance, among much else!
John is a bivocational pastor, church planter, web developer, and homiletician. John talks with us about a whole range of ministry stuff from a small church/church planter perspective - you'll love John!
You will be encouraged to keep pressing forward in your own 200church!
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Check out the Sermonsmith Podcast iTunes Preview Page here!
Every once in awhile we do a podcast that sticks out to Jeff and I as something unique and special. It gets moved into the "must listen" column and rolls around in our minds and hearts long after the recording is done.
Today's podcast goes into that category. On this episode, we talk with Nicole Bromley and Mary O'Brien from One Voice on the topic of sexual assault--specifically assault in the church. This is a difficult conversation but a vitally important one for pastors of all size churches.
Children's Ministry is so important in churches, and creating safe spaces for kids is vital for pastors and church leaders. For some insights into kids ministry in your church, check out Episode 124, Episode 141, and Episode 212 with Greg Atkinson.
This is a tough episode but a necessary one. We hope that you will be challenged to think differently and maybe even challenged to act on something you're sensing is happening in your own church.
God bless you as you continue to work for His Kingdom in your small church.
Jonny (and Jeff)
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Nicole's Website and book offers...
Today we talk with John Finkelde, from GrowAHealthyChurch.com, in Perth Australia. John wrote a blog post recently on the topic of the new launch Hillsong Church in Perth. Some of the Hillsong leadership shared the post on Facebook and it went viral in the church world. So we asked him to come on the podcast and talk about what he wrote.
This is a good and encouraging conversation that pastors will identify with, as we manage our own motivations around church plants in our communities, and sometimes in our own backyards!
John is a coach and consultant for pastors and churches, and he does a lot of that over Skype, so you can connect with him no matter where in the world you are. His website is full of helpful content for pastors of all size churches.
We know you will enjoy episode 218!
Read the post about Hillsong Perth by John here.
Why does John look so happy? Because he's getting ready to launch his Member's Hub! You should check it out by clicking on the image below!
I (Jonny) remember when I was a kid, my dad would come home from work, change his clothes, sit in his recliner, and turn on "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings." I didn't always understand all the news flashing on the screen in front of me, but I do remember that most of the time, the news wasn't good.
Most of my life was pretty sheltered, but for a half hour every weeknight, there was a window into the whole world of trouble, and I remember that even as a kid, that whole world of trouble made me feel afraid.
Today, those memories seem quaint. It's no longer a half hour a day, five days a week. It's 24/7. Between cable news and social media, we're inundated with bad news CONSTANTLY, and even though we're not kids anymore we can be gripped with fear. Fear of the world around us. Fear of what will happen to us. Fear of the unknown.
Often, the people we minister to today are gripped with fear.
On today's podcast, we're joined by Ray Hollenbach who brings us a message of hope in fearful times. How can we as pastors be people marked by hope? How can we pass that hope along to others? Ray has great insight for pastors to navigate the waters of fear and be purveyors of hope.
For more with Ray head back to Episode 201 and Episode 195 or head over to his website. Ray does coaching and seminars are we're confident that you would be encouraged by his presence in your life and the life of your church!
As always, we'd love to hear from you ESPECIALLY if you're going to be at the Missio Alliance Awakening gathering in April!
Until next week,
Jonny (and Jeff)
Check out Ray's book: Deeper Grace!
Check out Ray's website here!
Real talk: do you have someone you can really open up to? To confide in? To... confess to?
As pastors and church leaders, we all know that scripture teaches that we should confess our sins to someone, but in reality, how many of us are actually doing that as a practice in our lives?
On today's podcast Dan Tarrant joins Jeff and talks about leadership, spiritual practices, and the importance of confession in his life. Dan is a friend of Jeff's college roommate and frequent podcast guest "Rob from Philly" and we are so excited to have him join us in this very important episode!
In this episode we switch back and forth between talking to Dan Tarrant and with Rob Tarnoviski - as they share their perspective on bringing the first Roman Catholic Venue to the Willowcreek Global Leadership Summit. A Seinfeld-esque guitar bridge plays in between the clips... Enjoy!
Check out Dan's website right here!
To hear more from Rob (who makes an appearance on this episode), check out episode 137, episode 38, and episode 39! Rob and Dan's friendship has had a huge impact on Jeff and listening back to Rob's story will help you and your church moving forward.
We'll see you next week!
Click on the image below to see all of Dan's books!
Pedro Alexandrino joins Jeff and Jonny for a great episode about faith, struggle, perseverance, planning, innovation, and love! Pedro was born and raised in Brazil, left his country for New Zealand and Australia for a number of years, and then returned to his "Motherland" to plant a church in Rio de Janeiro.
Pedro has been enjoying the 200churches Podcast for many months, and decided on a whim to email us and offer himself as a guest - and what a guest he was! He is so excited about life, ministry, and contributing encouragement to other small church pastors through episode 215!
You can check out some links to Pedro's life and ministry below. Enjoy this episode as a gift from us, and from Pedro!
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I (Jonny) remember I laughed when I first heard someone say it. It couldn't possibly be true. How in the world could a place exist with such archaic rules? It seemed... strange.
"Jonny, when you move to Orange City, you can't mow your lawn on Sunday."
Yes, that's right, in our little corner of Northwest Iowa, there is an unwritten rule against mowing your lawn (or washing your car or working outside) on Sunday. It's the SABBATH after all! Do you want to be a social pariah? I didn't think so. If you want to work on Sunday, you better work inside!
On today's podcast, David Housholder joins us to talk about the importance of sabbath in his life, among many other things. David offers up some helpful advice for pastors who need to find some rhythm in their lives.
For more conversations about rhythm, head back a few episodes andlisten to our talk with Ken Shigematsu and consider buying his book and beginning your own "rule of life." On today's podcast, we talk about the upcoming season of Lent as a time to create some new patterns and practices and to remember to find your rest as a pastor.
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Robinwood Church - where Dave's the pastor!
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