Leaving the City to Plant in a Small Town

October 3, 2017 ...

Something changed when I entered seminary. As church planting morphed in my mind from an intriguing idea to a real possibility I began to notice that very few church planting organizations seemed concerned about people living in places like the rural corner of America where I grew up. Church planting seemed to be almost exclusively …

The Thriving Rural Church

October 3, 2017 ...

Our culture is dominated by urban growth, cosmopolitan thinking and global concerns. But the needs and opportunities of rural places are significant as well. And church leaders willing to embrace the challenge discover the potential of rural ministry for unique kingdom impact. Contextual Contrasts Rural culture is historically very different from urban and suburban culture. …

Today’s Women’s Ministry

June 15, 2017 ...

In this podcast, you’ll hear Rebekah share: How her personal experience with a panic disorder impacts her ministry to women; Why it’s important to have separate, specific ministries for women; What churches can do to incorporate women into the mission of the church; and Why national women leaders need to be connected to the local church. …

Engaging Youth and Young Adults

January 18, 2017 ...

In this one-hour webinar, Kara Powell, director of the Fuller Youth Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary, shared her team’s research of over 250 congregations that are unlocking the potential of teenagers and emerging adults, and offered practical tips for engaging youth and youth adults in your church.  

Matching Up Pastors and Churches

November 15, 2016 ...

In this podcast, you’ll learn: Guiding principles for sifting through candidates; How to avoid common mistakes made in the pastor search process; Whether to consider pastors who have been fired from a church; and What search firms offer churches that are looking for new pastors. Read a Portion of the Transcript Leith: There have been times …

When Crisis Comes To Town

September 15, 2016 ...

In this podcast, a longtime pastor and respected leader reflects on the recent Pulse nightclub shooting in his hometown and shares: What kind of leadership pastors can bring to communities in crisis; How churches can prepare for such events; How his conversion story impacts his ministry approach; and What messages need to be communicated to church members and …

Being a Pastor’s Wife

August 15, 2016 ...

In this podcast, you’ll hear Kay share: How to manage spoken and unspoken expectations of the pastor’s wife; What pastors’ spouses can do to set boundaries; Her experience being vulnerable and grieving publicly; and Advice for church members in caring for their pastor’s spouse. Read a Portion of the Transcript Leith: So Kay you have …

How is the Church Doing in America?

March 29, 2016 ...

Turn your head to Charleston, South Carolina, to see the Church as God’s best in the worst of times. CNN reported that Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is “the spiritual community that wowed the world with its forgiveness in the face of the darkest evil.” After a white shooter killed nine Christians, including the pastor, …