Episode 165: Church Friendships

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In this episode, Scott and Micah discuss the Carey Nieuwhof article, “Why they’re not actually your friends (a hard truth for pastors and leaders), and if this is a common issue in ministry or a reflection of a small church community.  We talk at length about the article and reflect on other leaders’ stories(as well as our own)as to the sticky dynamics of church friendships.  Plus driving tanks and food poisoning in our “Stories Gone Wild” segment

The link to the Carey Nieuwhof article is listed below: https://careynieuwhof.com/why-theyre-not-actually-your-friends-a-hard-truth-for-pastors-and-leaders/?el=linkedin&fbclid=IwAR29bC4SKTJp6vukPqKRIbE2u-Hi3J28ID5oUXs067D2wmiobWFp6fyND7k

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Episode 164: Live Streaming in 2023

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In this episode, Scott and Micah discuss the topic of live streaming in 2023.  Since the 2020 pandemic, most churches have had to adapt to a digital way of streaming their services while people were in their homes.  Three years later, are churches being practical with their streams?  Is it something with a vision or another thing to do on a Sunday?  Plus Stories Gone Wild!

Episode 163:Churches New Year Traditions & Covenants

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In this episode, Scott and Micah discuss the different ways Churches kick off the year to prepare people for ministry, church life, and their devotion to God.  We look at churches’ use of Covenants during this time and question if a church and/or church leader are using covenants correctly.

Episode 162: Matt Chandler Scandal – Part 2

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In episode 145, Micah and Scott discussed the Matt Chandler Scandal and thought that a number of things seemed odd from the reason for the “leave of Absence” to the Elders’ decisions.

On December 4th, Matt Chandler was reinstated at Villiage Church.  Micah and Scott discuss the reinstatement and why it still seems odd three months later.

Plus, we discuss the church’s obsession with acronyms and Gary Busey in our “Stories Gone Wild” segment.

Episode 159: Cancelling Christmas Services

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In this episode, Scott and Micah discuss the decisions church leaders make when Christmas eve/day falls on a Sunday and how to navigate those conversations on either one should continue to have services per usual, cancel services, or do something different.  Plus a Christmas edition of stories gone wild!

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Episode 158: Interview with Jeannette Flynn

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On this episode, Scott and Micah interview Jeannette Flynn about her call to ministry, and the challenges she faced, and she shares wisdom for those who are struggling in ministry. Plus, Falling off mountains, poor communication, and having staff at a non-existent church in our “Stories gone Wild” segment.

Episode 157: Small Groups

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In this episode, Scott and Micah discuss small groups in churches.  We discuss the good and the dangers of small groups, as well as some of the corny names churches call their sub-groups.  Plus, more “stories gone wild” from fire evangelism to church leaders not going to church on Sunday.

Episode 154: Church Flow

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Scott and Micah discuss the topic of the flow of services from different size congregations.  We look at what can disrupt the flow of service, why it is important, and what is the underlying issue when these disruptions happen.  Plus, we discuss  Hot youth Pastors and Jesus wearing a MAGA hat in church service in our weird experiences segment.

Episode 149: Performance Reviews

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Scott’s weird story about a friend’s performance review spawned a conversation about how the church practices doing a performance review with church leaders.  Are they necessary?  If so, what are the foundation and the purpose of doing these reviews and who should be doing them?  Scott and Micah discuss these questions in hopes to help church leaders assess how these reviews may be helpful or harmful to the church staff and body at large.