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Stan & Josh continue their three-part discussion on imagery used in the Bible to represent and describe the Local Church. In this episode, they cover 3) The Body of Christ and 4) The Bride of Christ. Links mentioned in this episode: Register for the Shepherd's Summit karlvaters.com Support the show (https://614ministries.org/invest)…
 
Stan & Josh kick off the start of a three-part discussion on imagery used in the Bible to represent and describe the Local Church. In this episode, they'll cover 1) the imagery of the flock and 2) the imagery of the building. Resources mentioned in this episode: "They Smell Like Sheep" by Dr. Lynn Anderson "They Smell Like Sheep: Volume 2" by Dr. L…
 
Stan and Josh sit down with local evangelist and minister Jonny Gaston of Reach My City to discuss his personal testimony and the importance of evangelism in today's culture. Links and resources mentioned in this episode: The Bible Study Podcast with Jonny Gaston "Seven Steps To Freedom" — Neil Anderson Reach My City livingwaters.com Contemplating …
 
Why is it so imperative that we take time to pause a corporate worship service and allow believers to share what God has done or is doing in their lives? How is the Local Church negatively affected when we fail to include personal testimonies? Why are so many pastors afraid to let people stand and speak? You might be surprised that Stan had to lear…
 
Stan and Josh are joined by Birmingham, AL-based radio personality and speaker Rick Burgess of the nationally syndicated "Rick and Bubba Show" which airs to over 1.2 million people weekly. Rick has coauthored multiple New York Times bestselling books that are autobiographical in nature, but his latest release is a 40-day devotional designed to disc…
 
This week Stan & Josh discuss Josh's recent blog post titled "Hey, Pastor: Here Are Ten Easy Ways To Demolish Your Reputation On Facebook." Portraying yourself and/or your life as flawless. Failing to monitor and manage photos, statuses, and content in which you've been tagged. Ignoring messages and comments. Blasting another local church or fellow…
 
Stan & Josh discuss five introspective questions every local church should ask in regards to the lost world: Does your church serve or shun the lost? Does your church huddle together and speak badly of the lost? Does your church fear the lost and broken? Does your church grieve and weep for the lost? — Psalm 119:36 Does your church seek to understa…
 
Stan and Josh discuss effective and practical ways that your church can impact its local community and be authentic and relational in a culture full of pointless noise and phoniness: Build connections with the local schools and teachers. Minister to and feed the homeless in your community. If you see an ambulance in your neighborhood, check on that…
 
Stan and Josh discuss Josh's recent Church Comms blog post centering on four ways to make your church website more welcoming: Have some sort of welcome message on the homepage. New Here page Use real photos over stock photos whenever possible. Make the staff page easy to find. Links mentioned in this episode: "Four Ways To Make Your Church Website …
 
Stan & Josh discuss six essential elements of what it means to be a strong church as per Paul's letter to the Church at Ephesus in 1st Timothy. Discussion topics include: Strong churches guard the content and spread the Gospel. Strong churches have men who pray passionately for the lost. Strong churches have leadership pursuing godly lifestyles. St…
 
Managing pressures, stresses, and strains is a normal part of every leadership position and can often feel overwhelming. If you've been in Church Communications Ministry for any length of time, then you've likely encountered some pressures and you've learned how to navigate in, around, or through them. This week on the show, Josh shares five common…
 
Stan and Josh speak with Interim Youth Pastor Caleb Howell of Rocky Creek Baptist Church in Mississippi about the effects of the pandemic on teens, current statistics on adolescent depression, how to reboot and re-strategize student ministry, and much more. Resources mentioned in this episode: "Experiencing God" by Henry & Richard Blackaby Support …
 
Due to some ministry work in Georgia, Josh & Stan were unable to meet for a recording session, so we wanted to take this opportunity to relaunch one of our old episodes in the hopes that you will continue to benefit from the insight and discussion. Support the show (https://614ministries.org/invest)By Stan & Josh Givens
 
In this episode, Josh discusses his recent blog post What To Consider When Designing Sermon Series Graphics. Major highlights include a few warnings for Church Comms folks to consider before jumping into their design work, particularly making sure they discuss the theme with the pastor first. Three things to consider: Contemplate your ultimate goal…
 
Stan & Josh discuss the phraseology of "having church" and "being the church" and why we should be more focused on the latter. Examples of being the Church in your community: Feeding the homeless Taking flowers to single moms, widows or shut-ins Sharing your testimony with people at work or school Discipleship Where and how to find people to discip…
 
Stan & Josh discuss a few of the elements of sermon preparation that pastors must go through, including: The nature and heart of the preacher/individual Amount of hours put into study time Selecting commentaries Inductive Bible Study methodology Incorporating illustrations into the sermon Sermon delivery Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode:…
 
Stan & Josh discuss Josh's recent blog post which takes a look at one of the major trends that has emerged during and post-COVID: The reality that well-designed, spotless, and professionally-managed content is no longer what brings people to or through the doors of a local church. Much of what was once successful is no longer successful. Why is thi…
 
Stan & Josh discuss the Local Church's tendency to slack off of ministry during and because of the COVID pandemic. This episode includes practical ideas and suggestions on how to reengage your community and avoid the "Do Nothing" mindset: Find a few of the shut-ins, widows, and single moms in your neighborhoods and local communities and care for th…
 
Last year was certainly one of the most difficult, stressful, and exhausting for many pastors and their churches. COVID forced them to move into the digital sphere like never before and find new and innovative ways to engage with their communities while juggling state guidelines and regulations. Whether you're leading a megachurch in a large city o…
 
Josh & Stan launch a new season of Rescuing Churches with return guest Karl Vaters. Karl is the Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California and the author of several phenomenal books on small church ministry. This episode will tackle everything from COVID's impact on the Local Church to essentials for church h…
 
Many people talk about starting the New Year off right and making New Year's resolutions. This year might be harder than ever for some of us to keep those resolutions, but when it comes to church life, we should strive to start the year with some fundamental, core values. Today we'll look at six of them: Accurate, useful, practical teaching of the …
 
As pastors, we all long for God to do mighty works. In fact we love the idea more than almost anything. In our simple minds we think of crowds coming to our church as a work of God. We imagine great spiritual moves and spiritual growth, evangelism and discipleship happening at exponential rates. And when we imagine all this, it is a simple work of …
 
Stan and Josh discuss five of the worst things pastors can do when their church is in crisis mode or decline: Whining and grumbling. Vent on social media. Doubt Despair Quit Scripture references mentioned in this episode: Matthew 11:28-29 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 John 21 Ephesians 4:29 Philippians 2:14 James 5:9 Support the show (https://614ministries.o…
 
Today on the show, Stan and Josh discuss four common misconceptions that people — including pastors, elders, and ministry volunteers — often have about "the church." People don't want to come. The church is a building or location. The church is a weekly or bi-weekly meeting. The millennial and younger generations are more into entertainment than bi…
 
Josh discusses his latest blog post, outlining five attributes that make up effective church communication ministers: An unparalleled ability to multitask, meet tight deadlines, and work well under pressure. An innate understanding of the church's brand. No concern for the spotlight or recognition. A talent and love for the art of storytelling. A w…
 
If you're a pastor longing for your church to have a healthy foundation, there are five things that you can do as you work toward this goal. Stan and Josh will expand upon all of these in today's episode: Prioritize your personal walk with God. Practice and teach grace. Practice love for one another. Preach cross-centered and Christ-exalting messag…
 
As recent as May 2020, Barna Research found that: 3/10 pastors (31%) say they’re struggling w/ their emotional wellbeing. 26% admit to struggling w/ their relational wellbeing. Over half admit to being tired. (51%) 2 in 5 admit to feeling primarily exhausted (41%) Sad (41%) We discussed these statistics in our episode On Why Rest Matters For Pastor…
 
Healthy churches have healthy men's ministries. But how do we go about establishing one and why are they so essential? Stan and Josh chat about the current state of our culture and just how important discipleship truly is within the sphere of the church and revitalization. Resources mentioned in this episode: Man In The Mirror Ministries: https://m…
 
In this episode of Rescuing Churches, Stan & Josh discuss the need to guard the Gospel, the leadership, and the flock and how that works within the model of a healthy church. Resources mentioned in this episode: Pastor Stan's "Strong Church" series is available at northsidemobile.org or via Northside's sermon audio podcast. Support the show (https:…
 
In general, human beings are visual creatures that engage better with content when they have something on which they can focus besides the speaker. In this episode, Stan and Josh discuss one of Josh's recent Church Communications blog posts which looks at five ways to complement sermons with digital and social media. In this episode: Why you should…
 
In this episode of Rescuing Churches, Stan & Josh talk about the importance of pastors being well-rested. Links mentioned in this episode: COVID-19 Conversations: Many Pastors Are Tired, Overwhelmed And Lonely Pastors Are Not Quitting In Droves Support the show (https://614ministries.org/invest)By Stan & Josh Givens
 
Josh discusses his recent blog post on church social media managers, detailing four reasons why this role is essential, particularly in the midst of COVID. Articles referenced in this episode: Church Social Media Managers: You're More Valuable And Needed Than Ever Before Types of Trolls and the Spells that Kill Them Links mentioned in this episode:…
 
Stan and Josh discuss the three different types of "awes" churches should exhibit to their local communities as seen through the context of the early Church in Acts 2. "Faith Under Fire" by Andrew White — https://www.amazon.com/Faith-Under-Fire-Middle-Conflict/dp/1854249622 Support the show (https://614ministries.org/invest)…
 
Josh discusses his recent blog post "Why Storytelling Matters Even In Small Church Marketing," touching on some practical ways churches can connect with their audiences through digital and social media and the centuries-old art of storytelling. You can read the original blog post here: https://www.jdgivens.com/home/why-storytelling-matters-even-in-…
 
Stan and Josh discuss the various types of church revitalization, while also clarifying what revitalization is NOT. Other topics include pastor-to-pastor counseling, coaching, and how 6.14 Ministries engages in revitalization efforts. Support the show (https://614ministries.org/invest)By Stan & Josh Givens
 
Stan and Josh discuss the need for churches to ensure that their worship services honor and glorify God in the midst of a culture that seeks entertainment value. Other topics include generational differences and overcoming "sacred cows" in the church. Read Stan's original blog post here: https://www.embracingthecross.com/home/entertainment-expectat…
 
Stan and Josh discuss why the Church At Large must rely on the "one another" passages from Scripture, particularly as pastors and churches continue to navigate the current craziness of the ongoing COVID crisis. You can listen to Stan's original sermon on the "one another" passages here: https://northsidemobile.org/media/417149-1661243-2642050/membe…
 
Josh takes us through his most recent Communications blog post which outlines a few habits churches should consider breaking if they want to have any chance of seeing guests return for a second visit: Refusing to enhance complex parking lots or repair dilapidated ones. Making the greeting time super awkward. Neglecting the kids facilities. Ignoring…
 
Stan and Josh dissect a recent Barna article which finds that "One In Three Practicing Christians Has Stopped Attending Church During COVID-19." Read the article here: https://www.barna.com/research/new-sunday-morning-part-2/ CDC statistics on the flu here: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/preliminary-in-season-estimates.htm Support the show (h…
 
"They Smell Like Sheep" by Dr. Lynn Anderson is available on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/They-Smell-Like-Sheep-Leadership/dp/1582292973 Learn more about the 3 Circles Life Conversation Guide at the official Life On Mission site here: http://lifeonmissionbook.com/conversation-guide Support the show (https://614ministries.org/invest)…
 
In this episode, Stan and Josh take a few minutes to define church instability and the things that can contribute to this phenomenon, followed by some Scriptural principles on how pastors and leaders can deal with instability. You find Stan's message "Strong Women" from the "Strong Church" series here: https://northsidemobile.org/media/417149-16612…
 
Stan and Josh are joined by special guest and local prayer minister Jack Skinner to discuss the importance of prayer and how it works in the body of Christ. If you're interested in any of Jack's prayer booklets, just reach out to us by e-mail at 614rebuild@gmail.com and we'll be happy to send them your way. Support the show (https://614ministries.o…
 
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