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Episode 260 - Five Focus Areas For Every Pastor - A Conversation With John Finkelde
John Finkelde joins us for our very special 5 year anniversary episode! John is a coach and consultant for churches around Australia and the world and joined us to share the five most common areas that he finds himself coaching pastors in and through.
John is the boss man and founder of www.GrowAHealthyChurch.com and coaches and consults with pastors and churches every week!
John talks to us about sustainability (will you make it through the long haul?), leadership (are you training those around you?), finances (don't be afraid to talk about money!), delegation (don't be a micro-manager!) and facilities (is your worship space keeping people away?) in practical and helpful ways.
John always brings great perspective and experience to the podcast and this episode is no different. Don't miss out on some advice and coaching from someone with almost 40 years of ministry experience!
To learn more about John and GrowAHealthyChurch.com, click here!
To listen to all of our episodes with John, click here!
If you don't listen to the UnSeminary Podcast, you really should! Here is one of their episodes on YouTube -- with John Finkelde!
Bep Reeves is the Children's Pastor at Meredith Drive Reformed Church in Des Moines IA. Her story will surprise you, make you sad, make you smile, and give you hope. Her's is a love story, a ministry story, a family story, and a woman's story.
We know you'll enjoy this episode, and be both encouraged and inspired. You can find more about Bep at www.bepreeves.com.
The guys got together just after the New Year to talk about what they see as the hot ministry realities they will face in 2018. Things like foreboding world problems, political exhaustion, social polarization, sporadic church attendance (and its ministry implications), sharpening our saws, technology distractions, etc...
These are things that are faced by all pastors, including pastors of small churches. Things like having too many volunteers and too much money, and not enough seats never actually come up! LOL
This is a #classic episode as Jeff and Jonny speak from years of experience, some together and some not - with a heart for pastors like you and they themselves! We know you'll be encouraged and challenged by their conversation on episode 258!
Hello Pastor! On episode 257, Jeff had a conversation with Robbie Robinson, the Executive Director of Discover Hope 517 Ministries. Discover Hope is a faith based addiction recovery ministry designed to help people who need help!
Robbie knows a thing or two about addiction, incarceration, recovery, blessing, and HOPE! Robbie and Jeff sat down at 5:30am on a Friday morning for this recording, and it's an awesome episode that absolutely inspires HOPE!
You can find Robbie on Facebook and at www.DiscoverHope517.org.
Sometimes people who are right in our own backyards are hiding in plain sight when it comes to our attention and care, and that definitely applies to those who are incarcerated in our own county. Jesus once said, "I was in prison, and you visited me..."
We hope that this conversation with Robbie Robinson will inspire you to take bold steps of faith in your small church ministry in 2018!
Jonny is noticeably absent in this episode, but will be back next week - in full form! :-)
Here is a recent video from Robbie. They are raising funds to relocate into a larger facility...
We love talking with real small church pastors on this podcast. Learning from the experiences of others who are "in the trenches" is what this podcast is all about, and we were very excited when we got the chance to talk to Mark Young about his long ministry career and what he's learned about authenticity throughout his time as a pastor.
Mark has a unique story and he shares with us about the hardest time of his life when he found himself not only transitioning ministries, but also going through another transition in life that he could never have prepared for. But through that hardship, Mark has learned about the power of vulnerability in ministry and has developed a heart for folks who are often overlooked in our congregations.
Mark is the pastor of First Christian Church in Newton Iowa and has served churches in Mason City, Iowa; Lewis, Iowa; Clarion, Iowa and Clear Lake, Iowa. While serving in ministry Mark has also been chaplain at Fountain Lake Treatment Centers, Hospice of Wright County, I-35 Speedway, Iowa Speedway Skiff Hospice, then Mercy Hospice. We know you'll enjoy listening and learning from Mark as much as we did in the studio with him!
Episode 255 - Why You Must Focus On MarriedPeople in Your Small Church with Ted Lowe from the reThink Group
The number one thing that I HATE hearing people tell engaged or newly married couples is this:
"Marriage is hard work!"
And I get it, that bit of "advice" comes from a good place. People who have been married a long time (I'm going on 10 years and Jeff is past 30) know that there are times in every relationship where things DO get hard and they want to prepare young couples for that eventuality. But it just sounds so HARSH. Marriage may be hard work, but it's also supposed to be fun, right?
Well, Ted Lowe and the folks at MarriedPeople.org seem to think so! They have created some amazing marriage resources and have been working for years with churches and leaders to create curriculum that could be a huge benefit to your church.
Today, Ted joins Jeff on the podcast to talk about marriage ministry in churches and his passion for seeing churches not always being REACTIVE to the hard stuff that comes up in marriages, but PROACTIVE about building good marriages from the start.
If you've been looking for a great resources for married people in your church, don't miss this podcast and don't miss checking out MarriedPeople.org.
For the past ten years, Dave Jacobs has been coaching small church pastors through all of the ups and downs associated with ministry. There are issues that come up in small churches that can't be solved by the latest church growth book or mega-conference and Dave has counseled and coached pastors through them all.
After ten years of gathering ideas and advice, Dave has compiled them into a new book that will be a huge help to you in your ministry.
On today's episode, Dave joins Jeff to talk about what drove him to write the book and some of the ideas that you will find inside. Dave has been an integral part of our podcast since we started almost five years ago and he continues to bring insight and wisdom that you won't want to miss.
And... it's a little embarrassing, but the title of his book is... Naked Man Running: 100 Ideas That Work In A Small Church
I remember when Dave first came with his wife and daughter to our church. In a small church--as you know--you recognize when a new young family comes through the door, and I wanted to know what had brought them to our church instead of the dozens of others they could have chosen from.
"Well," he said "I was talking to someone I really respect about finding a new church and he encouraged me to just try the one that was the closest. You guys were right around the corner, so here we are!"
That family ended up staying in our church and becoming vibrant members of the body, all because they decided to walk around the corner and check it out.
On today's episode we talk with Chad Jennings who happens to be a pastor who works at a church right around the corner (well, if we're honest, it's across town, but it's a small town so whatever) from Jeff!
Chad Jennings has been a United Methodist minister for 15 years and at his current church for just a few months. He shares about his experiences in small churches and his vision for churches reaching as many different people as possible in as many different ways as it takes. Chad brings a lot of energy and encouragement to this episode and you won't want to miss it!
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!
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