Rich Birch

unSeminary Podcast

stuff you wish they taught in seminary.
unSeminary Podcast

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stuff you wish they taught in seminary.

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A Pastor with 30+ Years of Leadership Experience Reflects on What He’d Do Different If He Started Today with Andy McQuitty

Nov 14, 2019 40:19

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Thanks for joining in for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today we have Andy McQuitty from Irving Bible Church on the show. IBC is a non-denominational church in Irving, Texas. Andy was the senior pastor for 31 years until January 2018 and now works as the Pastor at Large, leading and mentoring the next […]

5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Help Church Leaders

Nov 12, 2019 16:33

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Have you been listening to the buzz about artificial intelligence in the broader culture?  Artificial intelligence used to seem like one of those distant technologies that is always five years down the road; however, it is already creeping into our daily lives. Whether it’s asking Siri to text your wife or talking to Alexa about […]

Urban Church Planting that Thrives with Scott Ancarrow

Nov 7, 2019 34:17

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Welcome to this episode of the unSeminary podcast. This week we have Scott Ancarrow joining us. He is a church planter and leader from The Foundry, which launched in 2013 in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. Scott is with us today to talk about church planting in a city and the importance of viewing things through the […]

Secrets to Launching Healthy Multisite Church Campuses

Nov 5, 2019 16:23

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When you reflect on the last 20 to 30 years, what was one of the changes in the local church that had the greatest impact? When considering the historical changes and growth of the church, it’s difficult to find a movement that has had as large an impact as the multisite church movement. Back in […]

The Future of Multisite with Greg Ligon

Oct 31, 2019 32:06

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Thank you for listening in to this week’s unSeminary podcast. We’re focusing on the multisite movement this month and today we have Greg Ligon, the chief operating officer at Leadership Network joining us. Leadership Network provides tools and resources to help churches reach and impact more people for Christ. They gather innovative church leaders together […]

5 Growth Lessons for Your Church from the Multisite Movement

Oct 29, 2019 16:06

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Is your church considering going multisite? Maybe you already have another location or two and are thinking about launching more campuses in the future. Or is your church a single location that’s not at all interested in multiplying into new locations? The multisite movement has profoundly impacted the church across America over the last 20 […]

Under the Hood of the Technology Driving So Many Multisite Churches with Paul Martel

Oct 24, 2019 32:15

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Thanks for joining this week’s unSeminary podcast. This is multisite month and I’m excited to have Paul Martel with us today. He is the CEO and cofounder of Living As One. Paul began his work doing broadcasts at Hewlett-Packard and managing their transmissions. In the meantime, he was also helping his church with A/V needs. […]

7 Best Practices for Unity Building in Multisite Church Teams

Oct 22, 2019 22:25

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Are you serving in a multisite church and sensing some tension building between members of your broader team? Do you currently feel a sense of competition with other campuses that isn’t entirely healthy? Do you serve on a central support team and are looking for ways to increase the unity amongst the teams you help […]

The Silent Suffocator of Multisite Church with Jenni Catron

Oct 17, 2019 34:17

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Welcome to another special episode of the unSeminary podcast where we’re continuing to chat about multisite. Today I’m joined by Jenni Catron from the organization 4Sight. Jenni and her husband helped plant a church in Nashville which introduced her to the world of multisite. During that time she worked at Cross Point Church as the […]

10 Multisite Churches to Follow Today That You (Probably) Haven’t Heard Of

Oct 15, 2019 10:31

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Are you thinking about going multisite? Following leading churches is a great way to see how others have approached this method of church growth.  Are you already multisite but want to improve your processes? Tracking closely with other leading churches can help you debug your own issues! As a practice, you should follow other churches […]

Thriving Multisite Church in a Rural Context with Andy Addis

Oct 10, 2019 32:37

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Thanks for joining into this week’s unSeminary podcast. Today we have Andy Addis joining us from CrossPoint Church. CrossPoint is a rural multisite church. They now have eleven campuses in Kansas as well as other partner locations across the country and in other parts of the world. Andy is with us today to talk about […]

3 Campus Growth Tactics for Your Multisite Church

Oct 8, 2019 15:13

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Has your campus growth stalled out? Have you launched a few locations but they aren’t reaching the community in the way that you’d like? Are you wondering why your campuses aren’t growing as large as your initial location?  In a recent study of the multisite church movement, Leadership Network found that the normative multisite church […]

Lessons Learned from Studying the Multisite Church Movement with Warren Bird

Oct 3, 2019 35:27

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Welcome back to the unSeminary podcast. This week I’m excited to have Dr. Warren Bird back chatting with us today. We’re talking about multisite this month and Warren is a great source for insights on this movement. He is the VP of Research and Equipping at the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). ECFA developed […]

6 Mistakes Churches Launching Multisite Campuses in 2020 Need to Avoid

Oct 1, 2019 21:17

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Is your church considering launching a multisite campus in the next year? Do you think a new campus might be the best next step in your church’s growth journey? Have you wondered if this approach could help you reach more people more effectively? Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of talking with scores of […]

Church Multiplication, Church Planting & Multisite with Daniel Im

Sep 26, 2019 40:05

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Welcome to the unSeminary podcast. This week we are joined by Daniel Im, an author and teaching pastor at the Fellowship Church in Nashville. Daniel is from Canada, and he has traveled across the world to help plant churches. He has been in Nashville for the last four years and also works with LifeWay to […]

Insights from 8 Church Mergers with Dan Zimbardi

Sep 19, 2019 34:18

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Welcome to this week’s unSeminary podcast. Today I’m excited to talk with returning guest, Dan Zimbardi, Executive Pastor at Sandals Church in California. Sandals started 22 years ago in the living room of lead pastor, Matt Brown, and today has 11 locations throughout the middle and southern parts of California. Dan is with us today […]

Powerful Currents to Saturate Your City for Christ with Tim Lucas

Sep 12, 2019 37:12

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Welcome to the unSeminary podcast. This week we are joined by Tim Lucas, lead pastor of Liquid Church in New Jersey. Liquid Church’s name is a reference to how Jesus called Himself the living water; the founders of Liquid use the name as a way to remind people that church should be refreshing, especially in […]

Leading Your Church In This Time of Sexual Questioning with Bruce Miller

Aug 29, 2019 31:48

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Welcome to this week’s unSeminary podcast. Today I’m talking with Bruce Miller, senior pastor of Christ Fellowship in Texas. Today we’ll be talking to Bruce about his book Leading a Church in a Time of Sexual Questioning. Reach out. // Bruce mentions that the idea for the book came from his encounters with people who […]

Help Gaining Clarity in a 20 Year Old Church with Rick Raiford

Aug 22, 2019 26:15

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Thanks for joining us for this episode of the unSeminary podcast. This week we’re talking with Rick Raiford, the executive pastor at Daystar Church in North Carolina. Daystar started as a small country church in Greensboro, North Carolina and over the past twenty years has grown to become one of the fastest growing churches in […]

Inside a Scalable Solution to Increasing Quality Relationships in Your Church with Judy West

Aug 15, 2019 30:06

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Thanks for listening to this week’s unSeminary podcast. This week we have Judy West chatting with us. She is the Pastor of Leadership Development at The Crossing in St. Louis. The Crossing has four locations in St. Louis and can also be experienced online. Judy is with us today to talk about the class the […]

Church Design Help for Non-Designers with Raj Lulla & Ben Lueders

Aug 8, 2019 42:30

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Welcome back to the unSeminary podcast. Today we have Ben Lueders and Raj Lulla with us from the design company Fruitful Design. The company works with churches to help them reach the visual learners in the congregation. Raj and Ben are with us today to talk about why good design is important in churches and […]

Executive Pastor Profile: Matt Piland from Bethlehem Church

Aug 1, 2019 27:56

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Thank you for joining in for this week’s unSeminary podcast. Today we have a fantastic conversation with Matt Piland, the executive pastor at Bethlehem Church in Georgia. Bethlehem Church is a church that’s 110 years old and for years it was in decline with about 200 people in attendance. Eight years ago Jason Britt came […]

Building Teams in a Fast Growing Church with Bobby Sasser

Jul 25, 2019 38:13

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Welcome back to the unSeminary podcast. Today Bobby Sasser from Radiant Church joins us. He serves as the executive pastor in multiple locations. Radiant Church, which opened almost six years ago, is based in the Tampa Bay area. They first launched in an old movie theater with about 350 people and have grown to four […]

Staff Restructuring in a Multisite Church with Luke Erickson

Jul 18, 2019 40:02

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Thank you for joining in to this week’s episode of the unSeminary podcast. We have a great conversation today with Executive Pastor Luke Erickson from Mountain Christian Church. Mountain Christian Church was founded in 1824 and went multisite 10 years ago with four campuses in Maryland. Almost 50% of all multisite churches don’t get beyond […]

Inside a Church Growing from Less than 100 to Almost 2,000 in 5 Years with Mark Zweifel

Jul 11, 2019 29:41

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Welcome to this week’s episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today Pastor Mark Zweifel of True North Church in Fairbanks, Alaska is joining us. True North is an 80 year old church and when Mark first came to the church, he was the fourth pastor in four years and there were fewer than 100 people attending. […]

Life After Being Let Go from a Church with Justin Herman

Jul 4, 2019 38:13

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m excited to have a new friend with us, Justin Herman from the Controlled Chaos podcast. Controlled Chaos is focused on serving youth ministry workers and interviews great leaders in this area while also getting into the tactics of youth ministry. Justin is with us today […]

Practicing Christian Mindfulness with Dr. Charles Stone

Jun 27, 2019 28:23

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Thanks for listening in to the unSeminary podcast this week. Today Charles Stone, the lead pastor of WestPark Church in London, Ontario, is joining us again. Charles describes London, Ontario as a melting pot of cultures and people from many different backgrounds. WestPark Church has about fifty different countries represented in the people attending, and […]

5 Lessons from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for Your Church

Jun 25, 2019 27:58

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This summer, both Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida are launching massive new “lands” based on the Star Wars franchise. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the largest investment the Disney corporation has made in its North American parks in long time. Not only that, but it’s the largest land […]

An Artist’s Journey in the Church with Mike Brennan

Jun 20, 2019 33:53

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Welcome to back to the unSeminary podcast! Today we have on the show Mike Brennan, who works as a freelance graphic designer. Mike knew he wanted to be an artist at an early age. He went to school for graphic design and after a few years working in the corporate marketplace, he felt God’s calling […]

Significance, Satisfaction, & Leading Yourself to the Next Level with Shawn Lovejoy

Jun 13, 2019 30:35

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Welcome back to this week’s unSeminary podcast. I’m excited to have Shawn Lovejoy with us, the founder and CEO of Courage to Lead. Shawn has been a pastor, a church planter, an entrepreneur, and a leadership coach. He started coaching pastors in 2001. Courage to Lead is there to help not only church leaders but […]

Healthy & High Performing Teams with Lance Witt

Jun 6, 2019 31:04

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Welcome to this week’s episode of the unSeminary podcast. We’re talking to Lance Witt, the founder of Replenish Ministries. Lance founded Replenish Ministries as a way to come alongside leaders and help them live great lives, both personally and in ministry. A former Executive/Teaching pastor at Saddleback Church, Lance has been coaching ministry teams and […]

An Insider Look at a Fast Growing Mobile Multisite Campus with Beau Jensen

May 30, 2019 30:22

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Thanks for joining in for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. This week we’re talking with Beau Jensen from LifePoint Church. LifePoint Church is one of the fastest growing churches in the country with three campuses in Tennessee as well as microsites in other parts of the country. Beau is campus pastor of the North […]

Developing Leaders (Regardless of Gender) at Your Church with Kadi Cole

May 23, 2019 46:59

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Thanks for joining for this week’s episode of the unSeminary podcast. We have Kadi Cole, who serves as a church consultant, with us today. Kadi has served in full-time ministry for about 20 years and worked with her Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. During a period of intense church growth, Kadi was […]

Systems Theory, Leadership Anxiety & Your Church with Steve Cuss

May 16, 2019 41:28

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. We have Steve Cuss, the lead pastor of Discovery Christian Church in Colorado, joining us today. Discovery Christian Church is located halfway between Denver and Boulder and its people reflect the diversity found in those two cities. Though Discovery was planted before Steve’s time, he has […]

Help For Your Church to Navigate LGBTQ+ Issues with Grace & Truth with Caleb Kaltenbach

May 9, 2019 42:49

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Thanks for joining in for the unSeminary podcast. We have a great conversation for you today with Caleb Kaltenbach, an author, former pastor and founder of The Messy Grace Group. When Caleb was young, his parents divorced and both came out as being homosexual. They became activists and took Caleb with them to Pride parades […]

Understand, Assess, and Improve the Culture in Your Church with Chris Wignall

May 2, 2019 31:48

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Welcome to back to the unSeminary podcast. I’m excited to have Chris Wignall joining us today. He is the Executive Director of the Catalyst Foundation. The job of the Catalyst Foundation is to come alongside leaders of charities and churches to help them understand, assess and improve the culture in their organizations in super practical […]

Practical Help for Partnering with Parents at Your Church with Kurt Brodbeck

Apr 25, 2019 32:36

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Welcome back to the unSeminary podcast. Today I’m excited to have Kurt Brodbeck with us from Northview Church. Northview has been around since 1980, but has seen the most growth since 2003. It’s currently a church of 11 locations in Indiana, and Kurt is the Family Ministry Pastor. Kurt is with us today to talk […]

All About Multisite // One or Two Services? Plus other launch advice!

Apr 24, 2019 44:56

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Welcome back to our monthly All About Multisite podcast! I’m chatting with a group of multisite ninjas and answering your questions about the ins and outs of launching new campuses. Our group is as follows: Natalie Frisk is our family ministry expert. She is a key leader from The Meeting House. This church has 19 […]

Help Clarifying and Communicating Everything in Your Church with Phil Bowdle

Apr 18, 2019 32:12

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Welcome back to the unSeminary podcast. You’re going to be rewarded for tuning in to today’s conversation with Phil Bowdle, the Creative Arts Pastor at West Ridge Church in the Greater Atlanta area. West Ridge started in 2002 and has since planted more than 150 churches all over the world. They focus on trying to […]

3 Reasons Your Church Shouldn’t Be Running Facebook Ads this Easter

Apr 16, 2019 19:34

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Your team had done all this work and is ready for the big day: your musicians have held extra practices, your folks in children’s ministry are excited to welcome larger crowds than normal, and your sermon has been polished and perfected. There’s no doubt that various teams in your church spent the past few weeks […]

Choosing the Hard & Healthy Path to Generate Momentum & Growth at Your Church with Eric Smith

Apr 11, 2019 32:42

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Welcome to this week’s episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m excited to have Eric Smith back on the podcast today. Eric has served in several areas of ministry from pastoring churches to church planting. He also helped start the 242 Network which exists to train and equip leaders to plant multiplying churches. But it was […]

Marchetti’s Constant: What It Is and How It’s Impacting Your Church

Apr 9, 2019 24:16

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Marchetti’s Constant is a proven principle of urban design that shows the average time a person spends commuting each day, an approximate total of one hour. [ref] That’s thirty minutes to work and thirty minutes back home. The fascinating thing is that this principle has been historically proven time and again. Regardless of the mode […]

Deep Dive into a Proven Process for Engaging the Guys at Your Church with Kevin Harris

Apr 4, 2019 36:11

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Welcome to back to the unSeminary podcast. Today I’m excited to have Kevin Harris with us today, the executive director from Radical Mentoring. Radical Mentoring is an organization and a system designed to help your church develop leaders through intentional men’s small group mentoring. They coach and equip local church leaders with a process that […]

10 Leadership Lessons from Google for Your Church

Apr 2, 2019 19:59

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Google is by far one of the most prevailing organizations of all time. Beyond their amazing technological insights and excellent execution, Google is a leadership engine. Google has more than 85,000 employees. Stop and think about the sheer size of that operation. Last year alone they added over 5,000 new people to the team. That’s […]

Improving the Middle School Ministry at Your Church with Dan Scott

Mar 28, 2019 34:10

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Welcome back to this week’s unSeminary podcast. I’m happy to have Dan Scott from Orange with us today. Orange is a leading organization for family ministry which partners with churches to help kids dig into a deeper relationship with Jesus, and also provides resources for parents as they influence their children’s faith. Dan is the […]

All About Multisite // Coaching to Help Your Campuses Thrive This Easter!

Mar 27, 2019 1:09:51

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Welcome back to our monthly All About Multisite podcast! I’m chatting with a group of multisite ninjas and answering your questions about the ins and outs of launching new campuses. Our group is as follows: Natalie Frisk is our family ministry expert. She is a key leader from The Meeting House. This church has 19 […]

5 Things You Should Never Say During Announcements at Your Church

Mar 26, 2019 26:05

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Announcements at your church don’t have to stink. This time in your service doesn’t need to feel like a miscellaneous catch-all for things that don’t fit elsewhere in the service flow! When done well, announcements can be the part of the service that moves people to action. Every weekend you have five minutes to move […]

Coaching to Help You Take Your Church Team to the Next Level With David A. Miller

Mar 21, 2019 35:45

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Welcome back to this week’s unSeminary podcast. Today I’m excited to have David A. Miller with us from Slingshot Group. Slingshot is focused on staffing and coaching for churches across the country. David has been in ministry for 15 years and was invited to help launch the student ministry division of Slingshot Group 7 years […]

8 Alternatives to Calling Another Team Meeting at Your Church

Mar 19, 2019 28:45

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You’ve been there, in that never-ending meeting where all you can think about is the fact that the next thing on your to-do list is yet another meeting! You’ve thought it before, “There has got to be a better way of doing meetings at the church.” A few years ago, I considered how much time […]

What if John Stott, John Wimber, Dallas Willard & Andy Stanley Planted a Church with Jon Thompson?

Mar 14, 2019 33:28

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Welcome back to this week’s episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today I have on Jon Thompson, pastor at C4 Church near Toronto, Canada. What’s happening at C4 is really unique. C4 is over 35 years old, but there has been an increase in the membership in the last few years. In 2005 they were hovering […]

Taking a Risk on Next Generation Leaders with Buddy Gosey

Mar 7, 2019 28:34

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Thanks for joining in for this week’s episode of the unSeminary podcast. We’re talking with Buddy Gosey, a campus pastor at Northridge Community Church. Northridge is a young church, the first campus planted ten years ago. Buddy is at the Gray campus in Gray, Tennessee, which was launched in 2016. He is with us today […]

Do This to Connect More Guests to Your Church with Greg Curtis

Feb 28, 2019 38:12

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Thank you for joining this episode of the unSeminary podcast. We’re speaking with Greg Curtis, the Director of Assimilation at Eastside Church in Orange County, California. We’re talking with Greg today about the importance of developing a ministry-wide strategy for assimilation that is used throughout your church. Second-nature strategies. // As Eastside Church has launched […]

All About Multisite // Mergers & Rebirths Plus Free Downloadable Resources For You!

Feb 27, 2019 58:21

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Welcome back to our monthly All About Multisite podcast! I’m chatting with a group of multisite ninjas and answering your questions about the ins and outs of launching new campuses. Our group is as follows: Natalie Frisk is our family ministry expert. She is a key leader from The Meeting House. This church has 19 […]

What Your Youth Pastor Wants to Talk About with Jeremy MacDonald

Feb 21, 2019 41:04

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Thanks for joining in for this week’s unSeminary podcast.  This time we have Jeremy MacDonald, part of the leadership team at Connexus Church just north of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. Today we’re diving into the area around student ministry and what Jeremy would say to pastors looking for advice regarding youth and student ministry. Coaching […]

Inside Look at Internships & Residency for Your Church with Sean Badeer & David Ramirez

Feb 14, 2019 36:31

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today is a whole topic of conversation I’ve been really interested in and you’re going to hear from some on the ground experts. I’m talking with Sean Badeer and David Ramirez from LifeBridge Christian Church. LifeBridge was planted back in 1891 in Longmont, Colorado, just north […]

Digging New Wells & Results Oriented Ministry at Your Church with David Kinnan

Feb 7, 2019 36:44

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Welcome back to this week’s episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today we have David Kinnan, who is the lead pastor of Fountain Springs Church which is a fantastic church in a part of the country where churches don’t normally grow. Fountain Springs Church is in Rapid City, South Dakota. It is focused on people who […]

What To Do When It’s “Working” At Your Church with Dave Vance

Jan 31, 2019 31:16

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Welcome to the unSeminary podcast. You’re going to be rewarded with a great interview today. We have Dave Vance, the lead pastor at Crossroads Church in Ohio. They are one of the fastest growing churches in the country. Crossroads is a contemporary, non-denominational church that has launched a few campuses in the last couple of […]

All About Multisite // Help! Our Campuses Aren’t Growing!!

Jan 30, 2019 49:22

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Welcome back to our monthly All About Multisite podcast! I’m chatting with a group of multisite ninjas and answering your questions about the ins and outs of launching new campuses. Our group is as follows: Natalie Frisk is our family ministry expert. She is a key leader from The Meeting House. This church has 19 […]

3 Things Most Churches Do That Hold Back Church Growth

Jan 29, 2019 12:57

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As church leaders, we know that most churches in our country aren’t growing, but have you ever asked why? [ref] What are the common factors that inhibit church growth? What are the things that we all seem to do that slow us down? What stops us from reaching the people that God wants us to […]

Guiding Your Church to Be More Systems Driven with Lane Sebring

Jan 24, 2019 36:20

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Welcome to the unSeminary podcast. I’m so excited for today’s conversation with a genuine friend of the podcast, Lane Sebring. Lane is the executive director at OneLife Church in Tennessee and also runs a resource called The Preaching Donkey. OneLife Church was planted in 2009 in Knoxville, Tennessee, has launched their third campus and is […]

Church Growth Lessons from CrossFit

Jan 22, 2019 19:53

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Why do people put themselves through workouts that deliberately push them to their limit? It’s that time of year when many of us are concerned with getting fit, eating better, and improving our health. Some of us might renew our gym memberships (and vow to actually go), while others might sign up for weight loss […]

Inside a Growing Church That Unchurched People Love with Doug Dameron

Jan 17, 2019 24:00

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Thanks so much for joining us for this episode of the unSeminary podcast. We’ve got a great interview today with Doug Dameron, the founding and lead pastor of Orchard Church in Colorado. He is with us to talk about how their church is reaching out in their part of the world. Doug and his family came to […]

Should You Even Bother Worrying About Church Growth?

Jan 15, 2019 8:24

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You have a lot going on at your church. In an average week, a typical pastor spends time on message prep, counseling, training, attending leadership meetings, and dealing with the administrative hassles that occur when running the “small business” aspects of a church. Just being on the treadmill of keeping the church running every week […]

Why Your Church Should Care About 5th & 6th Grade Ministry with Zach Matchett

Jan 10, 2019 39:23

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Today’s podcast is all about the next generation and why we need to focus our concern on them. Joining us is Zach Matchett, the fifth and sixth grade pastor at Northview Church in Indiana. Zach came to Northview—one of the fastest growing churches in the country—five years ago and is on unSeminary today to discuss […]

7 Facts About Church Growth That Will Make You Think Twice

Jan 8, 2019 12:20

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Have you ever considered why some churches grow while others decline? What is it that seems to drive some churches to make a difference and reach more people while others struggle to keep the doors open? This will be a year of incredible breakthroughs in some churches while others will find themselves at the beginning […]

All About Multisite // The 2019 Predictions Episode!

Dec 26, 2018 1:16:47

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Welcome back to our monthly All About Multisite podcast! I’m chatting with a group of multisite ninjas and answering your questions about the ins and outs of launching new campuses. Our group is as follows: Natalie Frisk is our family ministry expert. She is a key leader from The Meeting House. This church has 19 […]

Reaching the Future of the Church with Jonathan Pokluda

Dec 20, 2018 29:06

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If you’ve ever wondered what you and your church can do to better reach out to the next generation, you’ll want to tune in to today’s podcast. We’re sitting down with Jonathan “JP” Pokluda, teaching pastor at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas and leader of The Porch, a young adult ministry. The Porch serves […]

7 People Every Executive Pastor Should Thank Before New Year’s Eve

Dec 18, 2018 13:20

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As the year winds down, it’s time for executive pastors to reflect on the past year of ministry. A growing church requires a tremendous amount of effort from a wide variety of people, groups, and communities, and the year’s end offers an opportunity to acknowledge the people who make our churches and ministries possible.   […]

Leadership Development Pipelines & Pathways for Your Church with Todd Adkins

Dec 13, 2018 27:52

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Today we’re continuing the discussion on leadership development pathways and pipelines. Training volunteers and leaders is so important, but do you ever feel like you’re not sure where to start? Well, today’s podcast is going to help you with that. We’re chatting with Todd Adkins from Lifeway Leadership. Listen in as we talk about how to […]

5 Factors That Should Move Your Church to Add Another Weekend Service

Dec 11, 2018 14:01

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Is your church wondering whether to add another service on Sunday mornings? Are you looking to the future and trying to figure out when you should add a second, third, or even fourth time to meet on a Sunday? Wrestling with the right timeline to add a new service is an important process for your […]

Hospitable Leadership at Your Church with Terry A. Smith

Dec 6, 2018 40:52

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Today we’re talking leadership and Biblical hospitality with Jersey’s own Terry A. Smith. God has done some incredible things in Terry’s church over the years. Terry A. Smith is the Lead Pastor of The Life Christian Church (TLCC) in West Orange and Paramus, New Jersey. Over the past 27 years, TLCC has grown from 54 members […]

“It’s Too Loud!”: Responding to Volume Critics at Your Church

Dec 4, 2018 18:47

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The scene is set. It’s a Sunday morning, and the band is cranking through the second of a four-song set. You loved the latest Hillsong or Bethel song and things are moving in the right direction. However, at the back of the room is an individual you’ve seen before: the person who loves to say, […]

Help Activating Guys In Your Church with Regi Campbell

Nov 29, 2018 29:02

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Welcome to this week’s unSeminary podcast. This week we’re sitting down with Regi Campbell, founder of Radical Mentoring, an organization that equips and engages men and their churches to raise up the next generation of all-in-Jesus-followers and leaders. Grab a seat and a cuppa while we talk about providing men with a challenge, mentoring men […]

All About Multisite // Tips for Adding a 4th Location & Campus Pastor Essentials

Nov 28, 2018 56:11

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Welcome back to our new podcast all about multisite! I’m chatting with a group of multisite ninjas and answering your questions about the ins and outs of launching new campuses. Our group is as follows: Natalie Frisk is our family ministry expert. She is a key leader from The Meeting House. This church has 19 […]

7 Things They Didn’t Teach You in Seminary About Funerals

Nov 27, 2018 17:06

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Performing funerals is a reality of being the pastor of a church of any size and style. Even if your church is primarily filled with young people, from time to time you will be called upon by families to perform a funeral. These moments, while incredibly touching, can feel somewhat routine for pastors who perform […]

Social Media, Communications & Your Church with Katie Allred

Nov 22, 2018 37:06

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Today we have a returning guest to the podcast! Professor Katie Allred is someone you may know from this show or from the Church Communications group on Facebook. She teaches courses in Consumer Behavior and Audience Engagement at the University of Florida and in Database, Software Development and Social Media Analytics for the University of […]

5 Reasons “Dotted Lines and Solid Lines” are Overrated in Multi-Site Churches

Nov 20, 2018 17:59

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Over the last 20 years, I’ve spent a lot of time helping multi-site churches wrestle through how to launch and lead thriving campuses. One of the things that often comes up is the “dotted line and solid line” conversation. This is the conversation that attempts to outline how the various aspects of church leadership relate […]

Practical Help on Being a Life Giving Leader with Tyler Reagin

Nov 15, 2018 33:38

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Welcome to this week’s unSeminary podcast! I’m super excited to have Tyler Reagin with us right as the launch of Catalyst: Atlanta unfolds. Tyler is the President of Catalyst, a leadership development organization which exists to equip and empower leaders who love the Church through events, content, and community. Catalyst fuels leaders and has fun […]

5 Best Practices For Using Invite Cards At Your Church

Nov 13, 2018 17:46

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We live in a digital age, so why are we bothering to talk about paper invitations? Can these little cards that announce upcoming series at your church still be an effective tool in the here and now? Haven’t we moved beyond mass broadcasting to use platforms like Facebook to get in contact with people who […]

Being Marked By Love with Tim Stevens - unSeminary Podcast

Nov 8, 2018 26:02

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Welcome to this week’s unSeminary podcast! We have the pleasure of hearing from a familiar voice today. Tim Stevens is no stranger to the podcast, and he’s talked with us before about his work with Vanderbloemen Search Group. Today, though, the topic is different. While Tim works with VSG to help churches find staff, he’s […]

5 Emotions First-time Guests Feel When They Arrive at Your Church - unSeminary Podcast

Nov 6, 2018 17:21

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Have you ever watched people arrive on Sunday morning at your church and wondered what they’re feeling in that moment? We know that feelings and emotions are incredibly powerful motivators and memory-makers. In fact, studies have proven that we make more decisions based on emotion rather than logic. This is especially true when we think […]

Leadership Ruin & Starting Over with Eric Geiger - unSeminary Podcast

Nov 1, 2018 33:15

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Welcome to this week’s unSeminary podcast. We are honored to have Eric Geiger with us. He was recently with LifeWay, but has now transitioned into a new role as senior pastor at Mariners Church in southern California. There are times as church leaders when we are shocked that the people we’ve looked up to have […]

All About Multisite // Model for 2 Location Multisite? A Very Multisite Christmas? - unSeminary Podcast

Oct 31, 2018 57:03

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Welcome back to our new podcast all about multisite! I’m chatting with a group of multisite ninjas and answering your questions about the ins and outs of launching new campuses. Our group is as follows: Natalie Frisk is our family ministry expert. She is a key leader from The Meeting House. This church has 19 […]

7 Best Practices of First-time Guest Gifts at Your Church - unSeminary Podcast

Oct 30, 2018 23:47

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Are you leveraging your first-time guest gifts effectively enough to move people from being guests to fully connected members of your church? I hope so, because this is an important piece of the connection timeframe; in fact, it’s a critical point in the eight phases of moving anonymous guests towards full community. Everyone loves getting […]

Inside a Significant Name & Brand Change for a Growing Church with Doug Garasic - unSeminary Podcast

Oct 25, 2018 35:56

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Welcome back to the unSeminary podcast. You’re going to love today’s super practical conversation with Doug Garasic from Rust City Church in Youngstown, Ohio. Doug is here to talk with us today about a decision to make major name and brand changes at his church and how to incorporate these sorts of changes into your […]

6 Systems Every Executive Pastor Needs to Evaluate This Year - unSeminary Podcast

Oct 23, 2018 14:44

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Are you an executive pastor wondering where you should focus your time and energy? Are you wondering exactly how things are really going at your church? Are you a bit mystified about how to evaluate what’s really happening under the hood of your church? Executive pastors are an incredible gift to growing churches. The best […]

Communicating Spiritual Growth in a Multicultural Global City Context with Darryl Dash - unSeminary Podcast

Oct 18, 2018 38:13

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Welcome to the unSeminary podcast. We’re honored to have Darryl Dash with us today from Liberty Grace Church in Toronto. Liberty Grace Church is unusual in that it’s a fairly small church with a storefront that meets at four o’clock in the afternoon in the middle of a wealthy section of Toronto. Technically they are […]

5 Lessons Church Leaders Can Learn From The “All-Day Breakfast” Trend - unSeminary Podcast

Oct 16, 2018 20:43

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In October 2015, McDonald’s made a significant change to its menu that made a huge difference to its bottom line and market reach. That month they added all-day breakfast to their offerings, and in many ways it ended up changing the course of history for this corporation. For years, insiders had been saying that all-day […]

Preachers and Creatives Working Together with Lee Coate - unSeminary Podcast

Oct 11, 2018 37:02

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Thanks so much for joining us for this week’s unSeminary podcast. We have a return guest this week: Lee Coate, executive pastor from The Crossing Church in Las Vegas. Lee is with us today to talk about the The Crossing Church’s weekend services and how the creatives and teaching pastors work together to communicate the […]

7 Other Weekend Metrics Church Leaders Should Study Regularly - unSeminary Podcast

Oct 9, 2018 24:41

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Too often, church leaders only pay attention to weekend attendance and revenue patterns at their churches. Sometimes these numbers are referred to as “nickels and noses” or maybe the slightly more vulgar “butts and bucks.” However, there are many other factors to consider if we’re trying to understand what’s really happening inside our churches. Attendance […]

Practical Help For Group Leaders at Your Church with Heather Zempel - unSeminary Podcast

Oct 4, 2018 25:56

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Welcome to this week’s unSeminary podcast – I’m super excited to have Heather Zempel with us. Heather is the Discipleship Pastor and Campus Ministries Director at National Community Church in Washington, DC. In Heather’s role as Discipleship Pastor, she spends a lot of time working with small groups. We’ve talked a lot about groups in […]

7 Early Warning Signs That Your Church Has A “Front Door” Problem - unSeminary Podcast

Oct 2, 2018 19:59

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How do you know if you aren’t attracting enough people to your church? If your church has plateaued or is in decline, is the problem that you’re not attracting enough visitors or that you aren’t keeping those who are already attending? What signs will lead you to discover the problem? The debate between front door […]

Inside The Future of Prevailing Rural(ish) Churches with Joel Southerland & Daniel Currie - unSeminary Podcast

Sep 27, 2018 33:38

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Welcome back to the unSeminary podcast. We have a fascinating conversation with Executive Pastor Daniel Currie and Lead Pastor Joel Southerland from Peavine Baptist Church in Rock Spring, Georgia. The first thing you’d notice when pulling up to Peavine is that it’s in the middle of nowhere and you wouldn’t know that it’s only 20 minutes from downtown […]

All About Multisite: New Service or New Campus? Explaining Matrix Leadership Model - unSeminary Podcast

Sep 26, 2018 48:03

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Welcome back to our new podcast all about multisite! I’m chatting with a group of multisite ninjas and answering your questions about the ins and outs of launching new campuses. Our group is as follows: Natalie Frisk is our family ministry expert. She is a key leader from The Meeting House. This church has 19 […]

16 (Nearly Free) Ways to Increase Community Awareness of Your Church - unSeminary Podcast

Sep 25, 2018 22:01

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If the people in your community don’t know that your church exists, they won’t ever join your church. If nobody in your city is aware of your church’s services or Sunday gatherings, you’ve lost a chance to connect those people to your discipleship process. A frequently overlooked step in connecting with a community is simply […]

Exploring a Common Hidden Tension in Multisite Churches with Bill Brown - unSeminary Podcast

Sep 20, 2018 30:06

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Thank you for joining us for this week’s podcast. We have a great conversation with Bill Brown, the executive pastor at Parkview Christian Church. Parkview Christian Church was founded in 1951 and is one of the fastest growing churches in the country with three campuses. Bill describes their experiences as being sort of thrust into multisite, […]

“Didn’t See It Coming” Q&A with Carey Nieuwhof - unSeminary Podcast

Sep 14, 2018 39:10

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Carey Nieuwhof is an influential pastor, podcaster, and thought leader who believes it’s not only possible to predict life’s hardest moments, but also to alter outcomes, overcome challenges, and defeat your fiercest adversaries. In his new book “Didn’t See it Coming” he wants to help you avoid and overcome life’s seven hardest and most crippling […]

Transitioning a Church to Be More Outwardly Focused with Jack Warren - unSeminary Podcast

Sep 13, 2018 35:52

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Welcome to this week’s unSeminary podcast. We have a great conversation today with Jack Warren, the executive pastor at Chase Oaks Church in the Dallas area. Chase Oaks has five campuses, including one with only Hispanic services. The church started traditionally and as it grew it became known as a strong bible-teaching church with a […]

Leading Change in a Change-Resistant Context with Father Michael White - unSeminary Podcast

Sep 6, 2018 23:21

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Hey, everybody, and welcome to the unSeminary podcast. We have a great conversation lined up today with Father Michael White from Church of the Nativity in Maryland. Church of the Nativity is a Catholic church, but its approach is a bit different than that of most other Catholic churches you might have encountered. Father Michael […]

Being a Church that Unchurched People Love to Attend with Justin Dosch - unSeminary Podcast

Aug 30, 2018 24:22

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Welcome to the unSeminary podcast. So glad you’re tuning in because today we have Justin Dosch from Grace Community Church in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. Grace was built with the intention of looking like a community center that happened to have services on the weekend so that it would feel less like a church in order to […]

Scalable & Sustainable Pastoral Care in a Large Church with Karen Shannon - unSeminary Podcast

Aug 23, 2018 38:40

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Welcome back to the unSeminary podcast. We have a dear friend with us today, Pastor Karen Shannon from Liquid Church. Liquid Church is a multisite church in New Jersey, currently with six locations, three of which are permanent. Karen serves as the discipleship pastor and oversees the care ministry, outreach, and small group system. Sometimes […]

Reinforcing Church Culture in the Middle of a Church Revitalization with Eric Smith - unSeminary Podcast

Aug 16, 2018 25:19

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Welcome to the unSeminary podcast. You’re going to love today’s conversation. We have Pastor Eric Smith from Vaughn Forest Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Vaughn Forest is in a military area with people coming from all over the United States and all over the world to be trained, so it’s a dynamic multi-cultural community. The church […]

Inside Look at the Executive Pastor’s Role in a Church of 3,000+ People with Abram Gomez - unSeminary Podcast

Aug 9, 2018 21:40

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Hey, everybody, and welcome to the unSeminary podcast. I’m really looking forward to today’s conversation with Abram Gomez from Cross Church, a fantastic multi-site church in Texas. Cross Church is about 20 minutes from the Texas/Mexico border and they currently have three campuses in the cities of San Benito, McAllen, and Brownsville. The church is […]

Inside a Changing Connections Pathway at a Fast Growing Church with Darin Mirante - unSeminary Podcast

Aug 2, 2018 33:05

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Welcome to the unSeminary podcast. Super excited you’re listening in. You’re going to be rewarded today with a great conversation with Darin Mirante from First Church of Christ in Burlington, Kentucky. The church was founded in 1964 and Darin has been the lead pastor there since 2016. First Church of Christ is one of the […]

How Hospitality Can Compel Your Church’s Guests to Return with Jason Young - unSeminary Podcast

Jul 26, 2018 40:12

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Welcome back to the unSeminary podcast. You’re in for a treat today and will want to lean in. We have Jason Young from North Point Ministries from the Greater Atlanta area chatting with us today. Jason’s work at North Point is focused on elevating the dignity of a guest by creating the most welcoming environment […]

How Hospitality Can Compel Your Church’s Guests to Return with Jason Young - unSeminary Podcast

Jul 26, 2018 40:12

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Welcome back to the unSeminary podcast. You’re in for a treat today and will want to lean in. We have Jason Young from North Point Ministries from the Greater Atlanta area chatting with us today. Jason’s work at North Point is focused on elevating the dignity of a guest by creating the most welcoming environment […]

Adding Residency to Your Church’s Leadership Pathway with Dave Miller - unSeminary Podcast

Jul 19, 2018 40:34

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Thanks for joining in for this week’s episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today I have a longtime friend, Dave Miller, from Leadership Pathway joining us. Leadership Pathway partners with churches to start residencies and develop training pathways in order to generate a pipeline of world-class church leaders who are highly desired and hirable. Dave is […]

Adding Residency to Your Church’s Leadership Pathway with Dave Miller - unSeminary Podcast

Jul 19, 2018 40:34

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Thanks for joining in for this week’s episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today I have a longtime friend, Dave Miller, from Leadership Pathway joining us. Leadership Pathway partners with churches to start residencies and develop training pathways in order to generate a pipeline of world-class church leaders who are highly desired and hirable. Dave is […]

Leading Major Change in Your Church with Dr. Jeff Iorg - unSeminary Podcast

Jul 12, 2018 37:57

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m excited to have Dr. Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary with us today. Gateway Seminary started classes in 1944 with the long time dream of a theological institute to train men and women for ministry in California. By 1959 it had moved to a community next […]

Leading Major Change in Your Church with Dr. Jeff Iorg - unSeminary Podcast

Jul 12, 2018 37:57

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m excited to have Dr. Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary with us today. Gateway Seminary started classes in 1944 with the long time dream of a theological institute to train men and women for ministry in California. By 1959 it had moved to a community next […]

Why Rural Ministry Should Matter for Every Church with Dr. Glenn Daman - unSeminary Podcast

Jul 5, 2018 23:18

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Thanks for joining in for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today I’m happy to introduce a new friend and guest, Dr. Glenn Daman, pastor at River Christian Church near Portland, Oregon. River Christian is a small church in a rural community near Portland. Glenn is with us today to talk about the struggles that […]

Why Rural Ministry Should Matter for Every Church with Dr. Glenn Daman - unSeminary Podcast

Jul 5, 2018 23:18

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Thanks for joining in for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today I’m happy to introduce a new friend and guest, Dr. Glenn Daman, pastor at River Christian Church near Portland, Oregon. River Christian is a small church in a rural community near Portland. Glenn is with us today to talk about the struggles that […]

Managing Internal Communications in a 26 Location Multisite Church with Kent Richardson - unSeminary Podcast

Jun 28, 2018 24:03

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m so excited to talk today with Kent Richardson, the Communications Director of New Life Community Church. Kent is part of the central services team at New Life and his role includes trying to resource, support, and equip New Life’s twenty-six locations, as well as overseeing […]

Managing Internal Communications in a 26 Location Multisite Church with Kent Richardson - unSeminary Podcast

Jun 28, 2018 24:03

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m so excited to talk today with Kent Richardson, the Communications Director of New Life Community Church. Kent is part of the central services team at New Life and his role includes trying to resource, support, and equip New Life’s twenty-six locations, as well as overseeing […]

All About Multisite // Robust Leadership Development Practices & Keeping Teams Aligned - unSeminary Podcast

Jun 27, 2018 1:08:11

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Welcome back to our new podcast all about multisite! I’m chatting with a group of multisite ninjas and answering your questions about the ins and outs of launching new campuses. Our group is as follows: Natalie Frisk is our family ministry expert. She is a key leader from The Meeting House. This church has 19 […]

All About Multisite // Robust Leadership Development Practices & Keeping Teams Aligned - unSeminary Podcast

Jun 27, 2018 1:08:11

Description:

Welcome back to our new podcast all about multisite! I’m chatting with a group of multisite ninjas and answering your questions about the ins and outs of launching new campuses. Our group is as follows: Natalie Frisk is our family ministry expert. She is a key leader from The Meeting House. This church has 19 […]

Bigger Vision for Deeper Team Development in Worship Ministry with Jon Usborne - unSeminary Podcast

Jun 21, 2018 27:27

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Thanks so much for joining in for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. We have a great conversation today with Jon Usborne, the Creative Arts Director with 2|42 Community Church in Michigan. 2|42 Community Church’s heart beats for its community, whether it’s the neighborhoods where they are located or building community on their teams. Today Jon […]

Bigger Vision for Deeper Team Development in Worship Ministry with Jon Usborne - unSeminary Podcast

Jun 21, 2018 27:27

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Thanks so much for joining in for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. We have a great conversation today with Jon Usborne, the Creative Arts Director with 2|42 Community Church in Michigan. 2|42 Community Church’s heart beats for its community, whether it’s the neighborhoods where they are located or building community on their teams. Today Jon […]

Brian Dodd on Leadership, Pastors Blogging & More - unSeminary Podcast

Jun 14, 2018 42:24

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Welcome back, friends, for a unique conversation today with Brian Dodd, author at the Brian Dodd on Leadership blog and Director of New Ministry Partnerships at INJOY Leadership Solutions. Brian is with us today to talk about leadership and leader development and how he used his research of both to write his book Timeless. 10 […]

Brian Dodd on Leadership, Pastors Blogging & More - unSeminary Podcast

Jun 14, 2018 42:24

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Welcome back, friends, for a unique conversation today with Brian Dodd, author at the Brian Dodd on Leadership blog and Director of New Ministry Partnerships at INJOY Leadership Solutions. Brian is with us today to talk about leadership and leader development and how he used his research of both to write his book Timeless. 10 […]

Leading a Growing Church in an Unlikely Location with McKenzie Schreck - unSeminary Podcast

Jun 7, 2018 35:36

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I’m so glad you tuned in to today’s unSeminary podcast. Today I’m chatting with McKenzie Schreck, the executive pastor at Capital Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. Capital Church just celebrated their twentieth anniversary this past fall. They began from a group of college kids who followed their professor to Salt Lake City to plant […]

Leading a Growing Church in an Unlikely Location with McKenzie Schreck - unSeminary Podcast

Jun 7, 2018 35:36

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I’m so glad you tuned in to today’s unSeminary podcast. Today I’m chatting with McKenzie Schreck, the executive pastor at Capital Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. Capital Church just celebrated their twentieth anniversary this past fall. They began from a group of college kids who followed their professor to Salt Lake City to plant […]

Superheroes & Your Church with Dan Stanford - unSeminary Podcast

May 31, 2018 33:05

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Thanks for joining us for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. I think this will be a bit of a change of pace and so I’m excited to be here with Senior Pastor Dan Stanford from The Well Church in Wisconsin. The Well started as a church plant with twelve people in a living room to […]

Superheroes & Your Church with Dan Stanford - unSeminary Podcast

May 31, 2018 33:05

Description:

Thanks for joining us for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. I think this will be a bit of a change of pace and so I’m excited to be here with Senior Pastor Dan Stanford from The Well Church in Wisconsin. The Well started as a church plant with twelve people in a living room to […]

All About Multisite: Campus Driven? Central Driven? A Hybrid of Both? - unSeminary Podcast

May 30, 2018 1:04:18

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Welcome to our new podcast all about multisite! I’m chatting with a group of multisite ninjas and answering your questions about the ins and outs of launching new campuses. Our group is as follows: Natalie Frisk is our family ministry expert. She is a key leader from The Meeting House. This church has 19 (!) […]

All About Multisite: Campus Driven? Central Driven? A Hybrid of Both? - unSeminary Podcast

May 30, 2018 1:04:18

Description:

Welcome to our new podcast all about multisite! I’m chatting with a group of multisite ninjas and answering your questions about the ins and outs of launching new campuses. Our group is as follows: Natalie Frisk is our family ministry expert. She is a key leader from The Meeting House. This church has 19 (!) […]

Practical Help for Team Transitions with Stephen Brewster - unSeminary Podcast

May 24, 2018 33:41

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Welcome back once again to another exciting episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m so happy to have Creative Coach and Consultant Stephen Brewster with us today. With missionary parents, Stephen has lived all over the world and then grew up to go to six different colleges, so he’s experienced a lot of transitions. During his senior […]

Practical Help for Team Transitions with Stephen Brewster - unSeminary Podcast

May 24, 2018 33:41

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Welcome back once again to another exciting episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m so happy to have Creative Coach and Consultant Stephen Brewster with us today. With missionary parents, Stephen has lived all over the world and then grew up to go to six different colleges, so he’s experienced a lot of transitions. During his senior […]

5 Reasons Your Church Should Do More Facebook Live Videos (And 16 Tips for Doing Them Well) - unSeminary Podcast

May 22, 2018 34:23

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Is your church doing regular Facebook Live broadcasts? Why or why not? The popularity of this tool continues to grow and flourish, and it is a powerful communication method that your church should be taking advantage of. While the service has been around for almost three years, which is comparative to something like 30 “social […]

5 Reasons Your Church Should Do More Facebook Live Videos (And 16 Tips for Doing Them Well) - unSeminary Podcast

May 22, 2018 34:23

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Is your church doing regular Facebook Live broadcasts? Why or why not? The popularity of this tool continues to grow and flourish, and it is a powerful communication method that your church should be taking advantage of. While the service has been around for almost three years, which is comparative to something like 30 “social […]

Rapid Multiplication Approach to Multisite Expansion with Chris Hankins - unSeminary Podcast

May 17, 2018 33:37

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Thanks for joining in for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today I have Chris Hankins with me, the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Point Church has about 17 services across 9 locations on Sundays. With a total attendance of between 1500-2000 people, that means an average of under 100 […]

Rapid Multiplication Approach to Multisite Expansion with Chris Hankins - unSeminary Podcast

May 17, 2018 33:37

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Thanks for joining in for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today I have Chris Hankins with me, the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Point Church has about 17 services across 9 locations on Sundays. With a total attendance of between 1500-2000 people, that means an average of under 100 […]

21 Easy Ways for Your Church to Be More First-Time Guest Friendly - unSeminary Podcast

May 15, 2018 32:31

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This weekend new guests will arrive at your church. Some will be visiting for the very first time, and they will want to know what your church looks like on a regular weekend. Church leaders who want to make a difference always look at how to make their church’s experience more compelling and engaging for […]

21 Easy Ways for Your Church to Be More First-Time Guest Friendly - unSeminary Podcast

May 15, 2018 32:31

Description:

This weekend new guests will arrive at your church. Some will be visiting for the very first time, and they will want to know what your church looks like on a regular weekend. Church leaders who want to make a difference always look at how to make their church’s experience more compelling and engaging for […]

Why Culture Wins at Your Church with William Vanderbloemen - unSeminary Podcast

May 10, 2018 32:54

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Thanks for joining us for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m so excited to have William Vanderbloemen from the Vanderbloemen Search Group with us today. Vanderbloemen Search Group started out wanting help churches find pastors. They now have branched into doing a few other things such as consulting, succession planning and serving ministries in […]

Why Culture Wins at Your Church with William Vanderbloemen - unSeminary Podcast

May 10, 2018 32:54

Description:

Thanks for joining us for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m so excited to have William Vanderbloemen from the Vanderbloemen Search Group with us today. Vanderbloemen Search Group started out wanting help churches find pastors. They now have branched into doing a few other things such as consulting, succession planning and serving ministries in […]

Practical Help For Developing Your Church’s Team Culture with Lee Coate - unSeminary Podcast

May 3, 2018 36:26

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. We’re in for a treat today with Lee Coate, the executive pastor in charge of ministry and media at The Crossing Christian Church in Las Vegas. The Crossing began in 2000 as a partner plant coming out of Canyon Ridge Christian Church. It started with a […]

Practical Help For Developing Your Church’s Team Culture with Lee Coate - unSeminary Podcast

May 3, 2018 36:26

Description:

Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. We’re in for a treat today with Lee Coate, the executive pastor in charge of ministry and media at The Crossing Christian Church in Las Vegas. The Crossing began in 2000 as a partner plant coming out of Canyon Ridge Christian Church. It started with a […]

Developing a Lighter & Quicker Footprint For Your Next Campus or Church Plant with Jeff Beachum - unSeminary Podcast

Apr 26, 2018 32:45

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Thanks for coming back for this week’s episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m honored to have Jeff Beachum of Portable Church Industries with us today. PCI helps churches go portable. Portable Church started one day when a portable church was struggling in a middle school setting. Finally one of the pastors went to a volunteer, […]

Developing a Lighter & Quicker Footprint For Your Next Campus or Church Plant with Jeff Beachum - unSeminary Podcast

Apr 26, 2018 32:45

Description:

Thanks for coming back for this week’s episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m honored to have Jeff Beachum of Portable Church Industries with us today. PCI helps churches go portable. Portable Church started one day when a portable church was struggling in a middle school setting. Finally one of the pastors went to a volunteer, […]

All About Multisite: Financial Approaches, Structuring for the Future & Church Online - unSeminary Podcast

Apr 25, 2018 1:12:49

Description:

Welcome to our new podcast all about multisite! I’m chatting with a group of multisite ninjas and answering your questions about the ins and outs of launching new campuses. Our group is as follows: Natalie Frisk is our family ministry expert. She is a key leader from The Meeting House. This church has 19 (!) […]

All About Multisite: Financial Approaches, Structuring for the Future & Church Online - unSeminary Podcast

Apr 25, 2018 1:12:49

Description:

Welcome to our new podcast all about multisite! I’m chatting with a group of multisite ninjas and answering your questions about the ins and outs of launching new campuses. Our group is as follows: Natalie Frisk is our family ministry expert. She is a key leader from The Meeting House. This church has 19 (!) […]

Community Outreach as a Core Church Growth Tactic with Jeff Maness - unSeminary Podcast

Apr 19, 2018 30:26

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Welcome back with this week’s episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m honored to have our guest Jeff Maness with us today. Jeff is the founding and lead pastor of Element Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Element Church is an eclectic church in Cheyenne, passionate about being the type of church that would be missed if it […]

Community Outreach as a Core Church Growth Tactic with Jeff Maness - unSeminary Podcast

Apr 19, 2018 30:26

Description:

Welcome back with this week’s episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m honored to have our guest Jeff Maness with us today. Jeff is the founding and lead pastor of Element Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Element Church is an eclectic church in Cheyenne, passionate about being the type of church that would be missed if it […]

5 Tell-Tale Signs of a Remarkable Church - unSeminary Podcast

Apr 17, 2018 24:57

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“Be genuine. Be remarkable. Be worth connecting with.” – Seth Godin Your church grows when people tell their friends about it. It really is that simple. In my recent book, Church Growth Flywheel, we explored how to add regular prompts to remind your people to talk with their friends about your church. At its core, […]

5 Tell-Tale Signs of a Remarkable Church - unSeminary Podcast

Apr 17, 2018 24:57

Description:

“Be genuine. Be remarkable. Be worth connecting with.” – Seth Godin Your church grows when people tell their friends about it. It really is that simple. In my recent book, Church Growth Flywheel, we explored how to add regular prompts to remind your people to talk with their friends about your church. At its core, […]

Church Restarts & Live Teaching in an Urban Multisite Context with Mark Jobe - unSeminary Podcast

Apr 12, 2018 34:03

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Welcome back for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m excited to have Mark Jobe from New Life Chicago with us today. New Life is an amazing church with 25 locations and 43 worship services. It is not only multisite, but also multicultural. Mark is talking with us today about how to keep so many […]

Church Restarts & Live Teaching in an Urban Multisite Context with Mark Jobe - unSeminary Podcast

Apr 12, 2018 34:03

Description:

Welcome back for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m excited to have Mark Jobe from New Life Chicago with us today. New Life is an amazing church with 25 locations and 43 worship services. It is not only multisite, but also multicultural. Mark is talking with us today about how to keep so many […]

Help with Your Church’s Team Culture & Development with Ben Gowell - unSeminary Podcast

Apr 5, 2018 36:44

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Thanks so much for joining us for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today we’re talking with Ben Gowell, an Executive Pastor of Christ’s Church of the Valley. Christ’s Church is a fast growing church in the Phoenix Valley area with 8 campuses that serve about 35,000 people each Sunday. Ben is with us today […]

Help with Your Church’s Team Culture & Development with Ben Gowell - unSeminary Podcast

Apr 5, 2018 36:44

Description:

Thanks so much for joining us for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today we’re talking with Ben Gowell, an Executive Pastor of Christ’s Church of the Valley. Christ’s Church is a fast growing church in the Phoenix Valley area with 8 campuses that serve about 35,000 people each Sunday. Ben is with us today […]

Welcoming Guests without Compromising the Gospel with Danny Franks - unSeminary Podcast

Mar 29, 2018 27:43

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. This week we’re joined by Danny Franks, the Pastor of Guest Services at The Summit Church in the triangle region of North Carolina. The Summit Church has a goal to plant 1000 churches in this generation, and part of that success depends on how they welcome people who […]

Welcoming Guests without Compromising the Gospel with Danny Franks - unSeminary Podcast

Mar 29, 2018 27:43

Description:

Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. This week we’re joined by Danny Franks, the Pastor of Guest Services at The Summit Church in the triangle region of North Carolina. The Summit Church has a goal to plant 1000 churches in this generation, and part of that success depends on how they welcome people who […]

All About Multisite: Campus Growth Barriers, Multisite vs. Church Planting & Leadership Development - unSeminary Podcast

Mar 28, 2018 1:02:52

Description:

Welcome to our new podcast all about multisite! I’m chatting with a group of multisite ninjas and answering your questions about the ins and outs of launching new campuses. Our group is as follows: Natalie Frisk is our family ministry expert. She is a key leader from The Meeting House. This church has 19 (!) […]

All About Multisite: Campus Growth Barriers, Multisite vs. Church Planting & Leadership Development - unSeminary Podcast

Mar 28, 2018 1:02:52

Description:

Welcome to our new podcast all about multisite! I’m chatting with a group of multisite ninjas and answering your questions about the ins and outs of launching new campuses. Our group is as follows: Natalie Frisk is our family ministry expert. She is a key leader from The Meeting House. This church has 19 (!) […]

7 Realities of Recruiting Multisite Church Launch Teams - unSeminary Podcast

Mar 27, 2018 29:21

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There is no doubt that the multisite church movement has blossomed, and has a massive impact on the church today. In fact, today in North America one in six people attend a multisite church campus. That fact astonishes me! Each one of those campuses has had a group of volunteers at the core of the […]

7 Realities of Recruiting Multisite Church Launch Teams - unSeminary Podcast

Mar 27, 2018 29:21

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There is no doubt that the multisite church movement has blossomed, and has a massive impact on the church today. In fact, today in North America one in six people attend a multisite church campus. That fact astonishes me! Each one of those campuses has had a group of volunteers at the core of the […]

Best Practices in Elder Selection & Development Process with Phil Taylor - unSeminary Podcast

Mar 22, 2018 32:42

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Welcome back for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m excited to have Pastor Phil Taylor with us this week. He is the executive pastor at Mosaic Church in Winter Garden, Florida. Phil is with us today to talk about the elder development process at Mosaic and how you can implement it into your own […]

Best Practices in Elder Selection & Development Process with Phil Taylor - unSeminary Podcast

Mar 22, 2018 32:42

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Welcome back for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m excited to have Pastor Phil Taylor with us this week. He is the executive pastor at Mosaic Church in Winter Garden, Florida. Phil is with us today to talk about the elder development process at Mosaic and how you can implement it into your own […]

4 Ready-To-Use Last Minute Resources for Easter at Your Church - unSeminary Podcast

Mar 21, 2018 9:50

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Easter is a huge deal. You know that. In fact, if you are like most church leaders, you are feeling it right now. You feel the pressure of the day coming on quickly. Easter is one of the four “big days” that your church no doubt puts extra effort into. It’s imperative because two realities […]

4 Ready-To-Use Last Minute Resources for Easter at Your Church - unSeminary Podcast

Mar 21, 2018 9:50

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Easter is a huge deal. You know that. In fact, if you are like most church leaders, you are feeling it right now. You feel the pressure of the day coming on quickly. Easter is one of the four “big days” that your church no doubt puts extra effort into. It’s imperative because two realities […]

Transformational Loops & Rooted Discipleship at Mariners Church with Erin Kerr - unSeminary Podcast

Mar 15, 2018 33:52

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. This week we’re joined by Erin Kerr, the discipleship pastor from Mariners Church in California. Mariners started out as a very small church, but now has a few different campuses with about 20,000 people attending. Erin’s focus at Mariners is how to disciple people outside of […]

Transformational Loops & Rooted Discipleship at Mariners Church with Erin Kerr - unSeminary Podcast

Mar 15, 2018 33:52

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. This week we’re joined by Erin Kerr, the discipleship pastor from Mariners Church in California. Mariners started out as a very small church, but now has a few different campuses with about 20,000 people attending. Erin’s focus at Mariners is how to disciple people outside of […]

6 Mindsets of Church Leaders in Growing Churches - unSeminary Podcast

Mar 14, 2018 25:20

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How you think about what you do in ministry is very important. The mindset you bring in to your ministry can be a make or break factor in your church’s ability to impact your community. Over the last few years, I’ve had the honor of talking to hundreds and hundreds of church leaders for my […]

6 Mindsets of Church Leaders in Growing Churches - unSeminary Podcast

Mar 14, 2018 25:20

Description:

How you think about what you do in ministry is very important. The mindset you bring in to your ministry can be a make or break factor in your church’s ability to impact your community. Over the last few years, I’ve had the honor of talking to hundreds and hundreds of church leaders for my […]

Successful Pastoral Successions with Dennis Gingerich - unSeminary Podcast

Mar 8, 2018 50:21

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m excited to have Dennis Gingerich with us today. Dennis is the founding pastor of Cape Christian Church in Florida. One way or another, every church is going to lose its pastor. Yet very few congregations are preparing for that. Would your church survive if your […]

Successful Pastoral Successions with Dennis Gingerich - unSeminary Podcast

Mar 8, 2018 50:21

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m excited to have Dennis Gingerich with us today. Dennis is the founding pastor of Cape Christian Church in Florida. One way or another, every church is going to lose its pastor. Yet very few congregations are preparing for that. Would your church survive if your […]

Big Lessons from Small Church with Karl Vaters - unSeminary Podcast

Mar 1, 2018 35:33

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Thanks so much for taking the time to join us for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. We have a treat today with guest Pastor Karl Vaters of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Orange County, California. Karl is with us to talk about small churches, their unique challenges and how they can be great when they […]

Big Lessons from Small Church with Karl Vaters - unSeminary Podcast

Mar 1, 2018 35:33

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Thanks so much for taking the time to join us for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. We have a treat today with guest Pastor Karl Vaters of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Orange County, California. Karl is with us to talk about small churches, their unique challenges and how they can be great when they […]

All About Multisite: Dotted Lines, Solid Lines, Cross Campus Unity & Easter Ideas - unSeminary Podcast

Feb 28, 2018 56:33

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Welcome to our new podcast all about multisite! I’m chatting with a group of multisite ninjas and answering your questions about the ins and outs of launching new campuses. Our group is as follows: Natalie Frisk is our family ministry expert. She is a key leader from The Meeting House. This church has 19 (!) […]

All About Multisite: Dotted Lines, Solid Lines, Cross Campus Unity & Easter Ideas - unSeminary Podcast

Feb 28, 2018 56:33

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Welcome to our new podcast all about multisite! I’m chatting with a group of multisite ninjas and answering your questions about the ins and outs of launching new campuses. Our group is as follows: Natalie Frisk is our family ministry expert. She is a key leader from The Meeting House. This church has 19 (!) […]

Innovative Approaches to Facilities & Finances with Jamey Stuart - unSeminary Podcast

Feb 22, 2018 37:20

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast! Thanks for joining us for our chat today with Jamey Stuart from Believers Church in Suffolk, Virginia. Believers Church is an active church with a unique story surrounding their building. The church is full of energy with an average age of 35 and lots of young […]

Innovative Approaches to Facilities & Finances with Jamey Stuart - unSeminary Podcast

Feb 22, 2018 37:20

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast! Thanks for joining us for our chat today with Jamey Stuart from Believers Church in Suffolk, Virginia. Believers Church is an active church with a unique story surrounding their building. The church is full of energy with an average age of 35 and lots of young […]

4 Old School Communication Tactics Your Church Should Still Be Using Today - unSeminary Podcast

Feb 21, 2018 27:08

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Is your church leveraging chatbots to reach people? Are you leveraging a social media listening tool to understand the sentiment towards your church? What’s your Instagram story strategy to engage people in your community? Is your church ready for augmented reality and the impact that will have people attending your services? STOP! Too many church […]

4 Old School Communication Tactics Your Church Should Still Be Using Today - unSeminary Podcast

Feb 21, 2018 27:08

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Is your church leveraging chatbots to reach people? Are you leveraging a social media listening tool to understand the sentiment towards your church? What’s your Instagram story strategy to engage people in your community? Is your church ready for augmented reality and the impact that will have people attending your services? STOP! Too many church […]

Big Data, Ministry Analytics & Your Church with Matt Engel - unSeminary Podcast

Feb 15, 2018 41:34

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Thank you so much for joining us for another great episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m thrilled to be speaking with Matt Engel, a research fellow at Leadership Network and also works at Gloo, a technology company. Our talk today is all about data intelligence. So what is data intelligence? We as ministry leaders are […]

Big Data, Ministry Analytics & Your Church with Matt Engel - unSeminary Podcast

Feb 15, 2018 41:34

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Thank you so much for joining us for another great episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m thrilled to be speaking with Matt Engel, a research fellow at Leadership Network and also works at Gloo, a technology company. Our talk today is all about data intelligence. So what is data intelligence? We as ministry leaders are […]

Shawn Hennessy Offers Personal Reflections on Seeing A Church Grow from 167 to 3,000 in 5 Years! - unSeminary Podcast

Feb 8, 2018 39:25

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Welcome back to the unSeminary podcast and thanks so much for joining with us today. We have Pastor Shawn Hennessy with us from Life Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Today Shawn is sharing with us about his experience with burnout, and how that helped shape the way he sets priorities in his life – especially […]

Shawn Hennessy Offers Personal Reflections on Seeing A Church Grow from 167 to 3,000 in 5 Years! - unSeminary Podcast

Feb 8, 2018 39:25

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Welcome back to the unSeminary podcast and thanks so much for joining with us today. We have Pastor Shawn Hennessy with us from Life Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Today Shawn is sharing with us about his experience with burnout, and how that helped shape the way he sets priorities in his life – especially […]

5 Ways Crappy Internal Church Communications Can Slow Down Your Church’s Growth - unSeminary Podcast

Feb 6, 2018 29:08

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“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” – James Humes How can I make this clear? If your church is crappy at communicating, you won’t grow! In fact, communication is at the core of how your church will (or will not) grow. The art and science of ensuring that the right message gets […]

5 Ways Crappy Internal Church Communications Can Slow Down Your Church’s Growth - unSeminary Podcast

Feb 6, 2018 29:08

Description:

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” – James Humes How can I make this clear? If your church is crappy at communicating, you won’t grow! In fact, communication is at the core of how your church will (or will not) grow. The art and science of ensuring that the right message gets […]

Benny Ferguson on the Balance of Culture & Systems in Growing Churches - unSeminary Podcast

Feb 1, 2018 30:37

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. We’re happy to have you here with us today as we talk with Benny Ferguson, the executive pastor of LifePoint Church in Clarksville, Tennessee. Benny is with us today to talk about how LifePoint has developed its culture and systems in order to build a healthy, […]

Benny Ferguson on the Balance of Culture & Systems in Growing Churches - unSeminary Podcast

Feb 1, 2018 30:37

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. We’re happy to have you here with us today as we talk with Benny Ferguson, the executive pastor of LifePoint Church in Clarksville, Tennessee. Benny is with us today to talk about how LifePoint has developed its culture and systems in order to build a healthy, […]

Have You Noticed This Subtle Trend in the Fastest Growing Churches in the Country? - unSeminary Podcast

Jan 30, 2018 21:30

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Church leaders who are wanting to make a difference in their communities are always studying what is happening at prevailing churches. I’m sure you’ve taken time to learn from the church across town that is trying some new stuff and seeing what you can apply to your church. At unSeminary, a huge part of the […]

Have You Noticed This Subtle Trend in the Fastest Growing Churches in the Country? - unSeminary Podcast

Jan 30, 2018 21:30

Description:

Church leaders who are wanting to make a difference in their communities are always studying what is happening at prevailing churches. I’m sure you’ve taken time to learn from the church across town that is trying some new stuff and seeing what you can apply to your church. At unSeminary, a huge part of the […]

Jimmy Scroggins on Keeping the Message Core in a Fast Growing Multisite Church - unSeminary Podcast

Jan 25, 2018 34:05

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Thanks so much for joining us for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. We have Jimmy Scroggins from Family Church in West Palm Beach, Florida. Jimmy is with us today to talk about growing a church in a changing culture, while staying focused on the unchanging Gospel message. Encourage change without changing beliefs. // Our […]

Jimmy Scroggins on Keeping the Message Core in a Fast Growing Multisite Church - unSeminary Podcast

Jan 25, 2018 34:05

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Thanks so much for joining us for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. We have Jimmy Scroggins from Family Church in West Palm Beach, Florida. Jimmy is with us today to talk about growing a church in a changing culture, while staying focused on the unchanging Gospel message. Encourage change without changing beliefs. // Our […]

10 Churches (You May Not Have Heard Of) to Follow for Social Media Inspiration - unSeminary Podcast

Jan 23, 2018 24:40

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Prevailing churches are investing time, energy and finances into leveraging social media to drive engagement and weekend attendance. Gone are the days when a Facebook page or Instagram profile was a “nice to have” for ministries. Using these channels are now as important as having a sign on the front of your building or even […]

10 Churches (You May Not Have Heard Of) to Follow for Social Media Inspiration - unSeminary Podcast

Jan 23, 2018 24:40

Description:

Prevailing churches are investing time, energy and finances into leveraging social media to drive engagement and weekend attendance. Gone are the days when a Facebook page or Instagram profile was a “nice to have” for ministries. Using these channels are now as important as having a sign on the front of your building or even […]

Dr. Benji Kelley & George Franco on Building a Team in a Fast Growing Church - unSeminary Podcast

Jan 18, 2018 35:09

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m excited to have you with us today as we chat with Dr. Benji Kelley and George Franco of New Hope Church, which has campuses in the Carolinas and internationally. The church started in 2002 and has grown greatly since then. They have a home in […]

Dr. Benji Kelley & George Franco on Building a Team in a Fast Growing Church - unSeminary Podcast

Jan 18, 2018 35:09

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m excited to have you with us today as we chat with Dr. Benji Kelley and George Franco of New Hope Church, which has campuses in the Carolinas and internationally. The church started in 2002 and has grown greatly since then. They have a home in […]

3 Reasons Why This Weekend is So Important If You Want Your Church to Grow - unSeminary Podcast

Jan 16, 2018 21:14

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This weekend is critically important for the growth of your church. It could be make or break when it comes to influencing your community with the message of Jesus. As much as we’ve talked in the past about the importance of being ready for “big days” that only come along a few times a year, […]

3 Reasons Why This Weekend is So Important If You Want Your Church to Grow - unSeminary Podcast

Jan 16, 2018 21:14

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This weekend is critically important for the growth of your church. It could be make or break when it comes to influencing your community with the message of Jesus. As much as we’ve talked in the past about the importance of being ready for “big days” that only come along a few times a year, […]

Jon Ritner on How Churches Can Thrive in a Post-Christian Context (Like Hollywood!) - unSeminary Podcast

Jan 11, 2018 36:14

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast! Today we’re talking with Jon Ritner of Ecclesia Hollywood. For ten years Jon served at a megachurch in the Williamsburg, VA area. During his time there he worked in a number of different roles as the church grew. As the church experienced explosive growth, however, he […]

Jon Ritner on How Churches Can Thrive in a Post-Christian Context (Like Hollywood!) - unSeminary Podcast

Jan 11, 2018 36:14

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast! Today we’re talking with Jon Ritner of Ecclesia Hollywood. For ten years Jon served at a megachurch in the Williamsburg, VA area. During his time there he worked in a number of different roles as the church grew. As the church experienced explosive growth, however, he […]

4 Sundays Every Church Leader Should Work on Every Week of the Year - unSeminary Podcast

Jan 9, 2018 24:09

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Doesn’t it feel like Sunday is always coming at your church? Every seven days, it just keeps showing up! 😉 This relentless rhythm can lull us into a situation where we see every Sunday as the same in a never-ending line of weekends. But this just isn’t the case! There are some Sundays every year […]

4 Sundays Every Church Leader Should Work on Every Week of the Year - unSeminary Podcast

Jan 9, 2018 24:09

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Doesn’t it feel like Sunday is always coming at your church? Every seven days, it just keeps showing up! 😉 This relentless rhythm can lull us into a situation where we see every Sunday as the same in a never-ending line of weekends. But this just isn’t the case! There are some Sundays every year […]

Tyler Reagin on the Interior Life of High Capacity Leaders - unSeminary Podcast

Jan 4, 2018 39:30

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Thanks so much for stopping in for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today we have Tyler Reagin joining us again. Tyler is the president of Catalyst, which works to serve and equip church leaders through conferences and one day events across the country. We’re chatting with Tyler about the interior life of leaders and […]

Tyler Reagin on the Interior Life of High Capacity Leaders - unSeminary Podcast

Jan 4, 2018 39:30

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Thanks so much for stopping in for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today we have Tyler Reagin joining us again. Tyler is the president of Catalyst, which works to serve and equip church leaders through conferences and one day events across the country. We’re chatting with Tyler about the interior life of leaders and […]

Lori Englebert on Leading a Low Staff but High Attendance Ministry - unSeminary Podcast

Dec 21, 2017 22:47

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today’s episode is exciting because we have Lori Englebert, Family Life Pastor at Life Church in Green Bay, joining us. Life Church is committed to making everyone feel like family. They demonstrate this at the very beginning by having their volunteer team waiting for you in […]

Lori Englebert on Leading a Low Staff but High Attendance Ministry - unSeminary Podcast

Dec 21, 2017 22:47

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today’s episode is exciting because we have Lori Englebert, Family Life Pastor at Life Church in Green Bay, joining us. Life Church is committed to making everyone feel like family. They demonstrate this at the very beginning by having their volunteer team waiting for you in […]

5 Ways Your Parking Lot Might be Holding Back the Redemptive Potential of Your Church - unSeminary Podcast

Dec 12, 2017 30:28

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Believe it or not, your parking lot could be the thing that is holding back the potential of your church. In fact, your church might not be living up to its total calling because of what is happening at the parking lot. We call this site unSeminary. Today, we’re diving into an issue we can […]

Mark Einersen offers Helpful Advice on Launching a Leadership Pipeline at Your Church - unSeminary Podcast

Dec 7, 2017 42:15

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Thanks so much for stopping by for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today we’re talking with Mark Einersen, Operations Pastor of Relevant Church in Locust Grove, Georgia. Relevant was founded in 2010 and is in a suburb of the Atlanta community. When Relevant was first founded about 87-89% of their community did not attend […]

Warren Bird Offers Compelling Reasons for Your Church to Launch a New Campus or Church Plant - unSeminary Podcast

Nov 30, 2017 24:27

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today I’m happy to have Dr. Warren Bird back on the show. Warren is the Director of Research and Intellectual Capital with Leadership Network. Leadership Network has been working with North America’s most influential churches for over 30 years, helping leaders and teams move ideas from […]

Bryce Baldwin Explains an Innovative Approach to Community Outreach Meeting Practical Needs - unSeminary Podcast

Nov 23, 2017 33:38

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Welcome to another edition of the unSeminary podcast. I’m here today with Bryce Baldwin of Rome Alliance Church of Rome, NY. Rome Alliance was founded in 1915. Today you’ll find a mix of people there from birth to age 93. Bryce grew up in this church, later returning to lead it. Rome Alliance is about […]

5 Ways Churches That Want to Break the 1,000 Barrier Stay Personal & Relational - unSeminary Podcast

Nov 21, 2017 37:52

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The only people who like big churches are pastors. One of the paradoxes that churches face as they grow beyond 1,000 in attendance is that they actually need to act more like a small church in some ways. The “competition” of large and growing churches is actually much smaller churches where people are “known” by […]

Greg Curtis Offers Next Level Assimilation Insights For Your Church - unSeminary Podcast

Nov 16, 2017 45:46

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Thanks so much for joining us for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today I have Greg Curtis with me, director of assimilation at Eastside Christian Church. Eastside Christian Church was founded in 1962 and was recently named the second fastest growing church in the country with four locations in California and Minnesota. The problem […]

6 Dirty Secrets about Multisite Churches That (Almost) No-one is Talking About - unSeminary Podcast

Nov 14, 2017 36:02

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Is your church considering going multisite? It would seem like every church leader I talk with is wrestling with this approach on reaching new communities. Studies have shown that basically every growing church is either already multisite or actively looking into it. I’ve been a practitioner of this approach to church since the early 2000s. […]

Marty Sawyers Helps You Improve The Communication Culture in Your Church - unSeminary Podcast

Nov 9, 2017 28:13

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Welcome and thanks for joining us for this episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m thrilled to have Marty Sawyers with us today. Marty is the executive pastor at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Arizona. Cornerstone Christian Fellowship is one of the fastest growing churches in the country. It has a lot of activities for the family […]

The 1 Tactic Your Church Needs to Do to Boost Year End Giving - unSeminary Podcast

Nov 7, 2017 11:00

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We are just heading into the largest giving period of the year for charities across the country. In fact, 30% of all charitable giving will be done during the month of December. [ref] Many nonprofits have been working, for months, on the plans for these last 31 days of the year. Their strategies and tactics […]

Darin Yates from the Fastest Growing Church in America on Next Gen Leadership Development - unSeminary Podcast

Nov 2, 2017 31:13

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Welcome back for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today I’m happy have Darin Yates, the executive pastor from Crossroads Community Church in Cincinnati. Crossroads Community Church is 22 years old, starting with a group of 11 people and eventually growing to the 10 locations it has today. Being one of the fastest growing churches […]

4 Sure Signs Your Church Needs More First-Time Guests - unSeminary Podcast

Oct 31, 2017 32:46

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Why isn’t your church growing? So many church leaders are wrestling with that question. They are looking at the dynamics of what’s happening in their church and trying to sort out where the “problem” is. Is it that your church doesn’t have enough first-time guests coming through the front door? Or is it that people […]

Clay Scroggins on Leveraging Influence Regardless of Your Authority - unSeminary Podcast

Oct 26, 2017 31:48

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Hey everybody, and thank you for joining us for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today I’m talking with Clay Scroggins from North Point Community Church. North Point’s vision is to create a church that unchurched people love, and they filter everything they do through this lens. They want to create the kind of environment […]

5 Reasons Kids’ Ministry is So Important to Churches that Want to Break the 1,000 Barrier - unSeminary Podcast

Oct 24, 2017 28:26

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Churches that grow beyond 1,000 in attendance are today among a radical minority. In fact, 98% of all churches never reach this size. During my interaction with hundreds of churches that have been able to overcome this barrier, I have realized that they present several striking common characteristics. Correspondingly, effective and growing Kids’ Ministry is […]

Frank Bealer on Thriving in the Tension of Ministry, Work & Life - unSeminary Podcast

Oct 19, 2017 39:17

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Thanks so much for joining us for this week’s unSeminary podcast. I am so excited to have Frank Bealer back on the podcast today! Frank was at Elevation Church the last time we spoke with him, but he is now the executive director of Leadership Development at The reThink Group (also known as Orange) and the […]

5 Bad Habits Killing the Effectiveness of Your Church’s Announcements - unSeminary Podcast

Oct 17, 2017 34:14

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There are five precious minutes in your service that are solely intended to move people to action. The announcement time in your church service is a high leverage opportunity to encourage your people to move from where they are to where you want them to be. It really is the quintessential leadership moment during the […]

Josh Whitehead on Portable Instead of Permanent for Your Next Campus - unSeminary Podcast

Oct 12, 2017 36:04

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Welcome, everyone, to this week’s edition of the unSeminary podcast. I’m happy to have Dr. Josh Whitehead with us today. He’s the executive pastor of Faith Promise Church. Faith Promise Church is a vibrant church in Tennessee with a really relevant message and worship experience. Today the church has eight locations and an average attendance […]

Do These 5 Things Now to Give Your Christmas Services More Impact - unSeminary Podcast

Oct 10, 2017 32:00

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Christmas is a really big deal at your church. It’s the time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus and it also represents some of the largest services you may host all the year long. From this vantage point, all these weeks away from the crunch time, we’ve pulled together 5 things to do, in […]

Mark Hearn on Transitioning a Monolithic Church to a Vibrant Multicultural Community - unSeminary Podcast

Oct 5, 2017 24:31

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Thank you so much for joining us for this episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m excited be speaking with Mark Hearn, pastor of First Baptist Duluth in Georgia. First Baptist Duluth really is a multi-cultural church. Currently it is composed of 42 different nationalities. There is music in different languages and people from all over […]

7 Ways Smartphones Have Changed People at Your Church (And What to Do About it!) - unSeminary Podcast

Oct 3, 2017 28:20

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Do you remember the world before the smartphones came and invaded all our spaces? I have a hard time recalling how we got along before these little rectangles of glass, metal and plastic lodged themselves firmly into our everyday lives. These devices have had simultaneously a profound and subtle impact on our people. Analogous to […]

Daniel Im on Small Shifts That Will Transform Your Ministry - unSeminary Podcast

Sep 28, 2017 28:35

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Hello there, and welcome to this week’s episode of the unSeminary podcast! I’m thrilled to have Daniel Im with us today from Lifeway Christian Resources. He is the founder/director of church multiplication for NewChurches.com, an author, and a teaching pastor at The Fellowship in Nashville. Lifeway offers church resources, from books and curriculum to other […]

Scott Kramer on Leading Through Profound Crisis in Your Church - unSeminary Podcast

Sep 21, 2017 31:22

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Hello, everyone, and thank you for joining us this week for another unSeminary podcast. I’m excited to have Scott Kramer with us today. Scott is the executive pastor at GT Church, which has two locations in Pennsylvania. GT Church is a 91 year old church with a very contemporary feel. They aim to make their […]

Carey Nieuwhof & Jeff Brodie Give An Inside Look On A Succession Plan in Action - unSeminary Podcast

Sep 14, 2017 17:20

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Welcome back to another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Thank you so much for joining us for today for a chat with Carey Nieuwhof and Jeff Brodie from Connexus Church. They hosted a conference called the Canadian Church Leaders Conference and I had a chance to interview them onstage. Carey was the founder at Connexus […]

Omar Garcia on Transforming an Inward Church to an Outward Church - unSeminary Podcast

Aug 10, 2017 25:32

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Thank you all so much for joining us for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m so excited to have Omar Garcia with us today. Omar is the missions pastor at Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, Texas. Omar arrived at Kingsland 12 years ago as the first missions pastor. The church had a great reputation […]

Bruce Ammons on 500% More Second Time Guests Than The Average Church - unSeminary Podcast

Aug 3, 2017 29:15

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Thanks for joining us for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today I’m excited to have with us our guest, Bruce Ammons from Sugar Creek Baptist Church. Sugar Creek is one of the fastest growing churches in the country. Serving the greater Houston area, the church is very ethnically diverse, with people among the congregation […]

Art Rainer on The Money Challenge at Your Church - unSeminary Podcast

Jul 27, 2017 29:30

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Art Rainer is the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS), and previously the Administrative Pastor at Family Church in Florida. In his current role at SEBTS he does work with financial development, marketing and communications, and enrollment, just to name a few. He has a passion for personal finances which […]

Dennis Richards on How Breakthrough Clarity Can Help Your Church - unSeminary Podcast

Jul 20, 2017 28:35

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Dennis Richards is the executive pastor at Preston Trails Church in Texas. Listen in as he walks us through how the church gained extraordinary clarity and the difference that made in the life of their church. This episode is a great guide for your church to wrestle through what elements you need clarity on and how […]

Stephen Brewster on Creative Leadership for Your Church - unSeminary Podcast

Jul 13, 2017 30:03

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Stephen Brewster serves as a part of the leadership team at Freedom House Church in Charlotte, NC. In his role, he leads the Creative team in dreaming, creating and executing experiences, communications, music and more for all areas of ministry at the church. Stephen has nearly 20 years in professional creative environments including music marketing […]

Andy Steiger on Why Apologetics Should Be Added to Your Church - unSeminary Podcast

Jul 6, 2017 23:38

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Andy Steiger is the founder and director of Apologetics Canada, an organization dedicated to helping churches across Canada better understand and engage today’s culture. He created and hosted the Thinking Series and is the Author of Thinking? Answering Life’s Five Biggest Questions. He has spoken on life’s big questions internationally in universities, conferences, churches, prisons […]

Scott Bixby on How a 127 Year Old Church Grew to Over 90% in Groups and 2,000+ People - unSeminary Podcast

Jun 29, 2017 28:12

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Welcome to this week’s podcast and thank you for joining us today. We’re talking with Scott Bixby of Northridge Church in Rochester. We’ve highlighted Northridge Church in the past in this article about theater churches, and we’re happy to be talking with them again. Northridge Church has been around for 127 years and was a […]

Brian Dennert on Collaboration Within a Growing Multisite Church - unSeminary Podcast

Jun 22, 2017 19:42

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Hey, everyone! Thanks so much for joining us today for this week’s unSeminary podcast. In this episode we’re excited to have Brian Dennert with us from Faith Church. Faith Church was founded in 1963 in South Holland, Illinois. Today they have eight campuses within Illinois and Indiana. Like many others, the church was on the […]

Ryan Visconti on Being Inside a Church Succession While Seeing it Grow from 300 to 1,300! - unSeminary Podcast

Jun 15, 2017 21:50

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Thank you so much for joining us for today’s unSeminary podcast. I’m honored to have Lead Pastor Ryan Visconti from Generation Church in Arizona with us today. Ryan’s dad became pastor of Generation Church in 1989, and at that time there were about 70-80 people attending. The church began to grow and move into bigger facilities, […]

Mike Bellanti on Turning Around a Stuck Church - unSeminary Podcast

Jun 8, 2017 22:24

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Thanks so much for joining us for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. I’m excited to have with us today Mike Bellanti, the lead pastor of Northbrook Church outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Northbrook is a nondenominational church about 30 miles outside of Milwaukee, made up of upper middle class families who mostly work in the […]

Jon Morrison on Being a Millennial Reaching Millennials - unSeminary Podcast

Jun 1, 2017 36:04

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Welcome back to this week’s unSeminary podcast. Thanks so much for joining us today as we talk with a friend of mine, Jon Morrison, who is an author and a blogger. He is a different kind of guest from our usual visitors and he is here today to talk with us about his journey as […]

Carl George & Warren Bird on How Your Church Can Break Growth Barriers - unSeminary Podcast

May 25, 2017 28:04

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Hey, everybody, and thank you for joining us for another episode of the unSeminary podcast. Today I’m talking with Warren Bird and Carl George. Warren works for Leadership Network. Carl was a professor for years at Fuller. The two of them collaborated to write the highly successful book How to Break Growth Barriers: Revise Your […]

Tony Morgan on Helping Churches Get Unstuck - unSeminary Podcast

May 18, 2017 25:49

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Hey, everybody, welcome to this week’s unSeminary podcast. I’m excited have with us Tony Morgan, lead strategist and founder of the Unstuck Group. Tony has been helping churches for years, but he started the Unstuck Group after hearing from other pastors about the struggles and roadblocks they were facing within their churches and ministries. Many […]