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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…
 
Stan and Josh take a look at the top four things that should weigh on the heart and mind of every pastor as they preach the Gospel and care for their people. Stan also discusses three things that pastors should NOT be burdened for. Here's a video/audio link for the Spurgeon sermon referenced by Stan: https://youtu.be/AMm-Tj_9h0A "Compel Them To Com…
 
Pastor, author, and speaker Karl Vaters joins Josh and Stan by phone from southern California to share his personal story, discuss his books, and talk all things small church world. Topics include everything from small church relational dynamics, shepherd vs. rancher model, and pastoral care to attendance expectations vs. health and much more. Be s…
 
Communications Director and Rescuing Churches host Josh Givens discusses his recent blog post on church Facebook Pages and why your header image designs should be of the highest quality. Read Josh's original blog post on his site here: https://www.jdgivens.com/home/yes-your-churchs-facebook-page-needs-an-epic-cover-photo-or-video-heres-why Support …
 
Stan and Josh take a few minutes to navigate through the issues many churches are now facing and dealing with in the wake of emerging from the COVID pandemic and what this time has revealed about the local Church. Topics include worship, family issues, fellowship, discipleship, and more. "How Do You Kill A Million People?" by Andy Andrews — https:/…
 
If you're a pastor or involved in ministry at any level, then you're likely aware that this pandemic has reshaped many aspects of church life, as well as the culture and nation as a whole. Today on the show, Stan and Josh discuss nine potential effects of the COVID quarantine and how this time of uncertainty has adjusted many elements of church lif…
 
Stan and Josh welcome longtime Pastor Matt Rutland of First Congregational Christian Church in Douglas, Georgia to the show and discuss everything from his personal testimony of overcoming drug and alcohol addiction to his thoughts on ministry vision, motivation, joys, and the elements of a healthy church. Support the show (https://614ministries.or…
 
Stan and Josh discuss the role of the pastor in the modern day small church and what it means to "equip the saints." Listen to "The Basics of Good Discipleship" — https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-basics-of-good-discipleship/id1494654074?i=1000469486036 "Celebration of Discipline" by Richard Foster — https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062803…
 
Let's take a look at these four dangerous mindsets that pastors and churches can easily fall into if they are not careful. Want to send us your pastoral thoughts on the COVID-19 situation? Reach out to us at 614rebuild@gmail.com. "Letters To The Church" by Francis Chan — https://letterstothechurchbook.com/ Support the show (https://614ministries.or…
 
Whether it's complaints about not enough money to pay staff members or whether it's those early Sunday mornings when you have to scrape up the dead possum in the parking lot, sometimes there's nothing quite like being a small church pastor. "The God Ask" by Steve Shadrach: https://www.amazon.com/God-Ask-Biblical-Approach-Personal-ebook/dp/B00CIKKBX…
 
Today we take a look at five things every small modern-day church should have if it wishes to survive in the current culture and see a potential for growth or an emergence from decline. Follow Josh's blog about Church Communications at jdgivens.com. For more on the "front door" of your church, read Josh's post "Five Technologies For The Small, Heal…
 
Stan and Josh discuss five practical responses that church leaders and pastors should exhibit in order to help their communities live above the cultural fear of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Anxious For Nothing" by Max Lucado: https://maxlucado.com/products/anxious-nothing-finding-calm-chaotic-world/ https://www.amazon.com/Anxious-Nothing-Finding-Chaotic…
 
Stan and Josh welcome Pastor Paul Dziadul of Lake Wildwood Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia to the show and discuss several aspects of healthy pastoral ministry, including vision, motivation, discipleship, longevity, endurance, encouragement for fellow small church pastors, and much more. Life On Mission book, kit, resources, and other materials: h…
 
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