Today's EPISODE 269 is an important one, as it deals with safety and security in our local churches. It is a serious one, on THE topic that we all need to think about.
When the tragic Texas church shooting occurred, I (Jeff) said to my wife, "Every single pastor in America, no matter the size, needs to have an answer when one of their people asks them, Pastor, do we have a security plan in our church?"
Bob Johnson on today's episode gives you some great information and direction so that you and your leadership can be effective in your approach to this serious concern in your church.
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Jonny and I, as well as Bob Johnson, really hope that this episode starts many of you on the journey to having a plan, which is all you need, you just need to be able to tell your people, "yes, our church has a serious security plan!" They won't even want to necessarily know what it is, they'll just be happy to know you have a plan.
Bob Johnson would love to help you in your pursuit of a strong security ministry in your church. You can email him personally at email@example.com. He gives his email out right in the episode, so feel free to contact him.
Opportunities in IOWA to experience Bob Johnson's Church Security Training:
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ALERT ALERT ALERT: Due to tech problems, Reggie's entire conversation was not able to be shared. Take this episode as an intro to our conversation with Reggie, and we will reconnect in the coming days with him to share a longer episode with you.
Jeff and Jonny talk about Kingdom Ministry, and Reggie's newest book, released just this week!
Reggie McNeal joins the guys on the podcast to talk about his new book: Kingdom Collaborators. Reggie is an author and leader who has worked as a pastor, professor, adviser, and consultant at myriad seminaries, churches, and organizations. We were honored to have Reggie as a guest on our podcast and we know you'll be challenged by what he shared!
Episode 267 - Caring for Special Needs People in Your Small Church (with the Special Friends team from Willow Creek)
Every church (and every pastor) experiences staffing issues of one kind or another. Whether you're adding staff, looking for a new position, or want to invest in the next generation of church leadership, this conversation with Dave Miller will be helpful for you and your church.
Dave created and runs LeadershipPathway.org and connects qualified residents with churches across the country. He also works for the Slingshot Group connecting great pastors with great churches.
We hope that this episode shakes some ideas loose for you!
Find Dave Miller at LeadershipPathway.org and Slingshotgroup.org
Helen Phillips emailed us in November of 2017 to say the following:
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you both for your courage and faithfulness in standing up for, supporting and encouraging so many of us in 200churches...
I would also like to thank you for always referring to pastors as both male and female and for speaking across the cultural divides as far as the Mornington Peninsula [here] in Victoria, Australia, where there are many small churches doing amazing things with few people or resources."
Helen got our attention in subsequent messaging, and we asked her to be on the podcast. She graciously accepted and we had a wide-ranging discussion with her about her own life and ministry, women in ministry, leading and serving others, being a ministry couple, and healthy systems, cultures, and teams.
The Venerable Helen Phillips is the Vicar of Mornington & Mount Martha Anglican Church on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia, near Melbourne, which is in the far southeast of Australia. She is also the Archdeacon of Frankston, overseeing about twenty different parishes.
Enjoy this conversation with Helen!
Dr. Cherith Nordling is an Associate Professor of Theology at Northern Seminary and the daughter of Dr. Gordon Fee.
Remember 33 episodes ago when Cherith Nordling came on the podcast and destroyed our brains with what can only be described as a "Christological Tornado"? Well she's BACK and better than ever - talking today about Theology, small churches, and the work of the Holy Spirit in the world.
Cherith describes herself as an ecclesiastical mutt and if you listen to her story it will be hard to disagree! Still, she has seen the Spirit at work throughout church traditions and across the United States and around the world. Cherith's passion for the mission of God is palpable in this episode and her journey is sure to inspire you as you lead your church.
Put your seatbelt on, brace for impact, and enjoy!
Marc Shefelton is the pastor at Buffalo Prairie Church in Buffalo Prairie, IL. When we sat down for lunch recently, he had no idea that I (Jeff) had my portable 200churches Studio in my computer bag and that we were going to record an episode together right away! Surprise Marc! :-)
But record we did. And I asked Marc about his first three years of pastoral ministry in this, his first church. This is an interesting glimpse into the life of the small church pastor. I was reminded of many experiences of my own in my early years of ministry. It's pastors like Marc who are going to take us into the future of whatever pastoral ministry is going to look like in the rest of the 21st century.
On this very special episode of the 200churches podcast, we welcome Kayla Craig to talk about the experience of being a pastor's wife and what pastors and church leaders need to hear and learn from their spouses. Kayla is a journalist turned work-at-home mom and co-host of Upside Down--a podcast about living in the upside down Kingdom of God. She also authored a children's book that you should absolutely purchase because 100% of the proceeds go toward funding adoption grants for families growing their families.
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