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With THE UNSTUCK CHURCH PODCAST, we invite you into the real-time conversations our team is having about church leadership every week. Hosted by Tony Morgan, this podcast explores common challenges in ministry and practical steps for tackling them. It’s like getting to be a fly on the wall of our staff meetings. Tune in weekly for: * Insights, observations and trends for church leaders from Tony Morgan. * Benchmarks in church growth and health from The Unstuck Group’s work serving hundreds c ...
 
On The Generosity Labs Podcast, hosted by Kenny Jahng, we talk to pastors, consultants, service providers and other church leaders. We discuss the current trends, models and best practices for developing giving as a robust part of your community life. Are you ready to learn more about how you can get a culture of generosity to flourish from the inside out? Discover more resources and transcripts of our podcast episodes at www.GenerosityLabs.org
 
The FYI on Youth Ministry brings together the Fuller Youth Institute’s groundbreaking research, practical advice from ministry experts, and heartfelt stories from diverse church leaders and young people to give you ideas and inspiration for your youth ministry. Join Kara Powell and the FYI Team as we equip faithful young people to change our world together. Find out more at https://fulleryouthinstitute.org/podcast
 
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In this episode of the Catalyst Podcast, Brad Lomenick sits down with NT Wright for a wide-ranging conversation covering lessons learned from the pandemic, leading in the new creation, and the best advice we’ve heard for leaders in a while. Listen in as Bishop Wright shares the difference between biblical morality and cultural morality and points u…
 
When Covid hit, everything shifted online. Suddenly kids wired for participation and activity were stuck in front of screens Monday through Friday, then again on Sunday morning. Digital fatigue set in and every family was stretched thin. Some gave up altogether. Now as we look toward reopening and re-engaging our churches, we're all wondering: what…
 
In this episode of the Catalyst Podcast, Jason Haynes sits down with former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, for a wide-ranging conversation about the role of the public square in the life of a Jesus follower. Listen in as Bill shares how faith can be a redemptive, healing presence in the public square - as it must be, if our nation is to flourish. …
 
The days of us turning on the “We’re open” light and waiting for people to show up for church are behind us. Reopening and re-engaging your congregation has likely already been more challenging than expected. We need to engage our mission field and compel them to come (see Luke 14:23). There are no real experts in this season, but churches in some …
 
In this episode of the Catalyst Podcast, we bring you Henry Cloud direct from the Catalyst stage. Listen in as Henry provides four practical steps to becoming a whole leader. What problems result when we lack health in these areas? What changes do we need to make in our lives in order to bring about healing? Keep up with Henry: Instagram: @drhenryc…
 
On the other side... You’ve been waiting for this day for months. Instead of talking about how ministry strategy needs to shift because of the pandemic, you’re starting to talk about what ministry will look like on the other side of it. But if you’re like most of the pastors we’re talking to, reopening and re-engaging your congregation has already …
 
In this episode of the Catalyst Podcast, Brad Lomenick sits down with Passion’s Louie Giglio, for a wide-ranging conversation about the constant battle we all have with our thoughts. Listen in as Louie shares how you can find freedom from the war inside your mind—if you allow Jesus, the Good Shepherd, to lead the battle. Learn how to find encourage…
 
Giving and attendance—If you were used to measuring church health only by tracking giving and attendance, then the last year has been very confusing. It's not an overstatement to say most pastors have been struggling to get a pulse on the health of their ministries. But truth be told, even before the pandemic most churches didn't know what to track…
 
In this episode of the Catalyst Podcast, Brad Lomenick sits down with founder of New Story, Brett Hagler, for a wide-ranging conversation about what it takes to create an innovative and impactful non-profit organization. Listen in as Brett shares how God transformed his vision from personal to holistic, what it takes to challenge traditional ways o…
 
No one TRIES to lead ineffective meetings, but any leader can get a bit lazy. The 9 key practices we share in this episode aren't rocket science, but they are things we see many church leaders just letting slip. When a team is clear on direction and wins, and puts these principles into practice in their meetings, people actually like meetings. They…
 
In this episode of the Catalyst Podcast, Jason Haynes sits down with Dr. Matthew Sleeth for an important conversation about the epidemic of suicide. Listen in as Dr. Sleeth shares his personal and professional experiences with depression and suicide, challenging Christians to become part of the solution and offers the practical and spiritual tools …
 
What drives leaders completely crazy? Lack of follow-through. It's honestly one of the most common frustrations we hear from church leaders. They invest time, prayer, dreaming, talking, and planning around what God has next for their ministry, but then nothing happens. There’s no follow-through. A distraction, or a crisis—something that feels more …
 
In this episode of the Catalyst Podcast, we return to the Catalyst stage with a talk from Tim Elmore about the newest generation coming of age, Generation Z. Listen in as Tim lays out the nine hidden challenges facing the most anxious population and dives deep into how leaders can best lead this generation that is currently “coping and hoping”. Kee…
 
Are you leading too many direct reports? A senior leader's span of care can significantly impact a team’s ability to clarify roles and maintain alignment. Part of span of care is giving direction related to the mission, strategy, and priorities of your church, but the other piece of it is the discipleship of the people on your team. Many leaders th…
 
In this episode of the Catalyst Podcast, Brad Lomenick sits down with Rich Villodas for a wide-ranging conversation covering what Rich has learned from walking through the COVID season in NYC, the future of spiritual formation, and the importance of examining both the interior and exterior life. Listen in as Rich shares five forgotten values that c…
 
How do you define reality for your team and why is it important? In 2019, 85% of churches that took the Unstuck Church Assessment self-identified as being in the “declining” stage of the life cycle. Now, having survived 2020, more churches than ever are feeling stuck. So we’re kicking off a four-part series on how to create alignment in your minist…
 
In this episode of the Catalyst Podcast, Brad Lomenick sits down with Ryan Hawk for a wide-ranging conversation covering how to handle rejection, tenacity, resilience, preparedness, and how to always be a learner. Keep up with Ryan: Instagram: @ryanhawk12 Twitter: @RyanHawk12 Facebook: The Learning Leader Show With Ryan Hawk Website: https://learni…
 
"Do we have to embrace digital ministry?" "Do churches need to mimic the business world when it comes to online options?" "Do we really have to hire new roles for our staff team?" We've been getting a lot of questions about digital ministry strategy now that we're a year into the changes that COVID accelerated. The initial changes churches were for…
 
In this episode of the Catalyst Podcast, Brad Lomenick sits down with Jon Acuff for a wide-ranging conversation covering the soundtracks that play in our heads. Why do we have them? What do they say to us? How do we change them? Listen in as Jon offers a proven plan to change overthinking from a super problem into a superpower. Keep up with Jon: In…
 
How important is data? What role should data play in your ministry strategy? What should you measure? In this week's episode of The Unstuck Church Podcast, we sit down again with the Sun Valley Church team to dig into the practical ways they use data to inform their ministry strategies and how churches can leverage data to help reach more people wi…
 
In this episode of the Catalyst Podcast, we bring you Judah Smith direct from the Catalyst stage. During this Holy Week, listen in as Judah provides a poignant reminder of the work that was accomplished on the cross, and that everything we need for life and leadership is found in Jesus. He is risen, indeed! Keep up with Judah: Instagram: @judahsmit…
 
Where do you find the right person to lead your digital ministry? What should your digital ministry focus on? How do you reach new people online? For months, we’ve been coaching churches to find a leader for their digital ministry strategies and in this week’s episode we’re sitting down with a church that has done exactly that. Paul Alexander serve…
 
Disruption in youth ministry may take the form of job changes, tragedies in a congregation or community, or as we’ve all learned, even a pandemic. Although it can be difficult to imagine innovating in the midst of a season of change, sometimes that’s the best time to try something new. In the last episode of Season 2, Marko talks candidly about the…
 
In this episode of the Catalyst Podcast, Brad Lomenick sits down Mark Burnett and Roma Downey for a discussion about their new film, Resurrection. Listen in to learn about the genesis of the film, what they hope viewers will take away, and the power of living out your faith in the public square. Visit discovery+ to learn how you can watch the film …
 
How can you maximize your ministry impact? Your team plays a big role. We've heard from a lot of churches that have questions about how to structure their team. They're re-evaluating what roles they need to have on their staff team and looking for clarity on how to structure their leadership team moving forward. If you're wondering how to structure…
 
In this episode of the Catalyst Podcast, Brad Lomenick sits down with Bianca Olthoff for a wide-ranging conversation covering the power of words, how to glean from your inspirations, and how to thrive as a reluctant leader. Listen in as Bianca encourages you to learn how to use whatever the Lord has put in your hands. Keep up with Bianca: Instagram…
 
In this episode of the Catalyst Podcast, Brad Lomenick sits down with Mark Batterson for a wide-ranging conversation covering why people delay, downsize, or shrug off their dreams because they don’t know where to start while not accounting for the massive cost of a life not fully lived. Listen in as Mark encourages you with the jump-start you need …
 
What are the common mistakes multisite churches make in staffing and structure? Now that the church has embraced multisite for over 20 years, there are predictable outcomes that we see related to how churches design and structure their multisite churches. Some of those outcomes are good and they help the church grow and expand in healthy ways. And …
 
When youth leaders courageously share a new idea, it can be disheartening to be met with resistance or indifference. Jake Mulder shares perspective on what might be behind those reactions, as well as practical ideas about how you can all get on the same page in a way that honors everyone. Join FYI hosts Jennifer Guerra Aldana and Dr. Steve Argue, f…
 
In this episode of the Catalyst Podcast, we return to the Catalyst stage to hear from David Kinnaman as he gives us a vision for the way forward in our current cultural moment. Listen is as David shares about what drives those in the emerging generation who have a resilient faith, explains how the biblical concept of exile is an essential framework…
 
What do church mergers have to do with multisite strategy? And why is this such a critical conversation right now? Pre-COVID 20% of churches who took our Unstuck Church Assessment identified that they were in the "life support" stage. For many struggling churches, merging with a healthy, thriving church is their best option. And for larger, healthy…
 
Church traditions can be a foundation for great innovation. Rev. Teesha Hadra shares stories about how she learned to see tradition as an opportunity for, rather than an obstacle to, discipleship. Join FYI hosts, Jennifer Guerra Aldana and Dr. Steve Argue, for this honest and fun conversation with Teesha about innovating in youth ministry while sta…
 
In this episode of the Catalyst Podcast, Brad Lomenick sits down with Jon Gordon for a wide-ranging conversation covering a profound definition of leadership, how to keep learning, and the secrets of some of the most effective coaches in the world. Listen in as Jon encourages you in your leadership and reminds you that relationships are the importa…
 
What are the common challenges that multisite churches face? Should your church consider going multisite? Multisite churches have come increasingly popular. 20 years ago, there were only 200 multisite churches across the country. In 2019, there were more than 5,000. The pandemic has also contributed to a growing interest in multisite strategy as ch…
 
Abigail Visco Rusert shares the surprising connection between joy and innovation, and explores the ways failure can help move us forward. Hosted by Giovanny Panginda and Dr. Steve Argue, coauthor of FYI’s latest book Sticky Faith Innovation, this episode explores faith formation, dusty file cabinets, and even Katy Perry’s “Left Shark.”…
 
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