Episode 36: The Vulnerable Pastor, with Mandy Smith

Mandy Smith, Lead Pastor of University Christian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, has written a wonderful book titled, The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry, in which she shares about the ways our humanity and our weakness are actually a source of strength in our ministries.   Too often, we think we have to fit … More Episode 36: The Vulnerable Pastor, with Mandy Smith

Episode 35: God Wants His Kids Back, with Nate Landis

Youth ministry is not easy.  Especially in our Post-Christendom context.  But Nate Landis, President and Founder of Urban Youth Collaborative has created an incredibly effective way for churches to reach out to the next generation. Any kind of church. A young, hip, millennial congregation, or an aging Baby Boomer and beyond congregation.  In this episode, … More Episode 35: God Wants His Kids Back, with Nate Landis

Episode 34: A Small Church Making a Big Difference, with Cari Augusta

Westmorland Community Presbyterian Church is a small church in California’s agricultural Imperial Valley.  The town of Westmorland itself struggles with a lot of food insecurity (which happens when a family runs out of food before the next paycheck comes).  Last fall, this little church decided to do something about it.  Specifically, they started a food … More Episode 34: A Small Church Making a Big Difference, with Cari Augusta

Episode 32: Emotional Resilience and Spiritual Leadership – Interview with Ron Ovitt

Ron Ovitt is the President and founder of Empower Ministry, which helps people grow into healthy Christians empowered for ministry in their lives.  For Ron, becoming a healthy follower of Jesus involves developing what he calls emotional resilience—the ability to bounce back from painful experiences in our lives.  In this episode, Ron explains what emotional … More Episode 32: Emotional Resilience and Spiritual Leadership – Interview with Ron Ovitt

Episode 29: Serving the Poor and the Immigrant – Interview with Ebenezer Church, San Diego

What do you if you’re leading a local congregation and you find out that a boy in your neighborhood has asthma because the landlord won’t fix the mold problem in his apartment building?  If you’re the pastors of Ebenezer Church in San Diego, you cancel your regular worship service, meet the congregation in front of … More Episode 29: Serving the Poor and the Immigrant – Interview with Ebenezer Church, San Diego