Deconstruction Vs Deconversion: Why Pastors Should Know the Difference

church leadership Jan 27, 2022

It would be fair to guess that someone in your church or someone you know has been going through a deconstruction process.

What is deconstruction and why does it seem like everyone is talking about right now?

And what's the difference between deconversion and deconstruction? And how does this affect our ministries day to day as we're leading our churches?

In this episode, we will dive into all of these questions and aim to get a better understanding of what's going on in our culture right now.

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How to be the Calmest Person in the Room | Lantz Howard

church leadership Dec 20, 2021

In this episode, Lantz Howard of Champion Hope joins me to discuss how to be calm.

In a season of chaos and stress, as leaders we must manage ourselves well. Self-management and self-leadership include training ourselves to be calm even in times of stress.

As 2021 is coming to a close and 2022 is right around the corner, putting into practice what Lantz reveals in this episode will serve you and your ministry well.

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Worship songs don't have the shelf life they used to (Why this matters)

church leadership Dec 09, 2021

According to a recent article in Christianity Today, worship songs do not last as long as they used to.

Thirty years ago a worship song would be sung in church for a decade or more.

These days, that time is cut by two-thirds or more.

Why has this changed and what does it mean for the way we select songs for our congregations?

In this episode, we'll dive into all of the *fun* surrounding music, worship styles and song selection in church.

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Why 38% of Pastors Want to Quit Ministry

church leadership Nov 24, 2021

A recent Barna survey revealed that 38% of pastors want to quit ministry. Many of them would if they had any other way to make a living.

What has led to this trend? Why are so many pastors burned out, tired, frustrated and wanting out?

There are many facets to this, and we'll dive into all of it in this video.

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Kyle Smith on Speaking to Teenagers and What Leads to Life-Change in Student Ministry

church leadership Jun 17, 2021

I was a youth pastor for several years and I still believe this to be true: If you can communicate clearly with teenagers and children, you can communicate with anyone.

Kids and students only pay attention if you have something worth listening to. And by the way, this is actually the case with adults too - it's just that adults are more subtle about ignoring you.

So whether or not you speak to students on a regular basis, knowing how to communicate truths to them is vital.

This is why I'm so excited to have Kyle Smith on the podcast this week. He's been in student ministry for nearly two decades and has a lot to say about how to speak to students effectively and what leads to life-change in students.

I know you're going to enjoy this one! Be sure to let me know what you think of today's episode.

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Kevin Max, Deconstruction & the Rise of Exvangelicals

church leadership Jun 10, 2021

You may have noticed, but over the last few years, there has been a number of influential Christian leaders renounce their faith, or "deconstruct" as some call it.

Deconstruction has a spectrum. For some it means a complete abandonment of Christian thought and practice, while for others it's merely a departure from some tenants they used to hold and believe.

The latest in this trend is Kevin Max of DC Talk. He let his followers know in a recent tweet that he has been on a decades long journey of deconstructing but still believes in the "Universal Christ."

In this episode, I walk through these recent departures from faith and see if we can drill down on some root causes, what we can do about it in our churches, and what lessons we can learn as pastors and church leaders.

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Why Your Character Matters MOST as a Preacher

church leadership May 27, 2021

What's the most important attribute a pastor can have? Some might say competence - they have to know what they're doing.

Others might say charisma - they're charming and dynamic enough to speak persuasively and powerfully.

While I agree that competence is important and charisma definitely helps, there is an attribute that is more important than either of those: character.

This is sobering: If we are not people of character, our ministries will suffer for it.

In this episode, we explore the importance of character, how it relates to preaching, and why it's so important to get it right.

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Celebrity Pastor Culture, PreachersNSneakers, and a Way Forward

church leadership May 13, 2021

Celebrity pastor culture is everywhere and it affects a lot of church life and culture. What caused it? How dangerous is it? These are questions I wrestle with a lot.

And I'm not the only one.

The Instagram account, PreachersNSneakers, took social media by storm a few years ago by pointing out the amount of money celebrity pastors were spending on their shoes.

Ben Kirby, the creator of the account, never meant to do anything more than bring attention to this part of celebrity pastor culture, but it struck a chord with so many.

Some pastors came out in support of his work, others were offended that he'd point it out. Others were glad to know their pastors were fitted with $1500 shoes.

In this episode, we're going to dive into the challenge of celebrity pastor culture and see what lessons we can learn moving forward as preachers and church leaders.

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Jameson Reynolds on Systems, Evaluation, & Building a Culture of Trust

church leadership May 06, 2021

My friend, Jameson Reynolds, joins me for episode 27 of the Preaching Donkey Podcast.

In this episode we discuss the vital relationship between the lead pastor and worship pastor. As the lead worship pastor at a large, multi-site church, Jameson shares his experience working with his senior pastor and other senior leadership to create the best possible weekend experiences for their attendees.

We also dive into the importance of building systems, evaluating everything and everyone in the organization and building a culture of trust.

I think you'll really enjoy this one and gain a TON of practical insights!

On a personal note, I really enjoyed this episode. Jameson and I have been friends since high school and we share some of our experiences that built our friendship over the years.

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Do this ONE thing to engage virtual attendees during live services

church leadership Apr 22, 2021

The pandemic changed a lot of the ways we structure our services.

Prioritizing the online experience became essential for any church to thrive during that time.

But now most churches are back to some type of in-person services (depending where you are, of course).

This does NOT mean we should go back to "normal." Instead, we should still seek to engage the people attending online and make them feel part of what we're doing.

In this episode, I'm going to share one thing you can do to keep virtual attendees (those watching online) just as engaged as those attending in-person.

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