In this episode, Scott and Micah discuss the retirement of the General Director of the Church of God, Jim Lyons, and what that means for the future of the Church of God Movement. We discuss all the great things Jim has done, and some of the hopes and concerns for the next director to tackle.
Episode 178: CopyCat RevivalStandard
In Episode 169, Scott and Micah reflected on the Asbury Revival and begin to wonder how many groups will try to capitalize on the revival. In today’s episode, we look at the various organizations that plan conventions, retreats, camp meetings, and conferences that have suddenly changed their event by calling it a revival. We debate if this is a real revival that people are preparing for, are trying to catch lightning in a bottle, and maybe revival will happen if we tend to get out of the way of what God is doing, instead of forcing it.
Episode 172: FundraisingStandard
In this episode, Scott and Micah discuss the topic of fundraising in ministry. We look at our own experiences with fundraising, and some of the integrity when it comes to transparency and trust. In stories gone wild, Scott talks about poodle skirts in the 90s, while Micah has a friend who took a “secondary role” in ministry.
Episode 170: Saddleback Church, The SBC, and Women being OrdainedStandard
A few weeks back, the SBC disfellowship Saddleback Church, one of the SBC’s largest churches, due to Rick Warren ordaining three women in the church. Scott and Micah discuss this topic and look at some of the hypocrisy in the SBC, in regards to who can be pastors, and get theological about women in ministry.
Episode 165: Church FriendshipsStandard
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
Episode 164: Live Streaming in 2023Standard
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 & CovenantsStandard
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 2Standard
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 ServicesStandard
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 FlynnStandard
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.