Episode 064: What Are Summers For? (Pt 2) (5/14/2019) - In this episode we pick up our conversation on summers to talk about the purpose of pastoral sabbaticals. Every fulltime employee on our staff gets a sabbatical at least once every seven years…  More and more companies around the country are allowing extended leave, recognizing the value of extended time off during key periods of a person’s life…  When you give your employees extended time away to refuel, in the long run you’ll get more productivity… the cost of replacing that employee is far greater than the cost of giving them time off…  The first time I had a sabbatical Read More
Episode 063: What Are Summers For? (Pt 1) (5/7/2019) - In Part 1 of What Are Summers For?, we talk about the personal side and the organizational side of summers and how to make the best use of them. It’s important for pastors to plan to rest… if you don’t plan to rest, you won’t rest… so many pastors don’t take vacations…  Summer is a time to show trust to your team… disappear and show them that you trust them and don’t call every other day to find out how they’re doing…  Summer is a great time to play… there’s space for a restoration of childlikeness… for me, I get Read More
Episode 062: The Old Testament and the Church (Pt 2) (5/1/2019) - This is part 2 of our conversation on how the Old Testament and the New Testament relate, and how we can faithfully preach and teach the Old Testament in the Church. There is no kingdom without law, without rule… if there is a king, there are people who live under the king’s way, his rule… The giving of the Law at Sinai begins with grace… he rescued them from slavery, saying, “I want to be yours and I want you to be mine, and this is what that looks like…” The Law at Sinai both confirms and establishes the covenant, Read More
Episode 061: The Post Easter Blues (4/23/2019) - In this episode Pastor Brady and Andrew sit down to talk about some “do’s” and “don’ts” for pastors in the week following Easter. The first thing is to celebrate the wins… that should be the focus of this week… so many great things happened… you need to fixate on that…  You need to take some time this week to celebrate each other… this is the week to pat people on the back and tell them how great it all was… celebrate the big wins and the little wins… Another thing to do this week, after all the celebrations – this Read More
Episode 060: The Old Testament and the Church (Pt 1) (4/17/2019) - In this episode (part 1 of 2) we sit down to talk about the challenge of preaching and teaching Christ in and from the Old Testament. When I first started reading the Bible I was drawn to the Old Testament because the stories seemed more colorful… but admittedly I read it more like Aesop’s fables… For me the starting place is that the Old Testament is Christian Scripture… the Church has always regarded it that way… it is the story of the kingdom, which just doesn’t suddenly appear with Jesus… to understand that, you have to go back to the Read More
Episode 059: Why Pastors Want to Quit (4/9/2019) - In this episode we sit down to talk about some of the things that make pastors want to quit the ministry, and what we can do about it. One of the things I’ve seen is that pastors are discouraged… social media gives people the ability to give immediate feedback, and hardly ever is it positive…  Another reason I hear more and more is that pastors are under financial pressure… they’re asked to do an enormous task, and many of them are underpaid…  The onus is really on the board or eldership to figure out what is fair compensation for your Read More
UNCUT: An Interview with Jimmy Mellado (Extended Version) (4/3/2019) - In this UNCUT and EXTENDED episode, Pastor Brady sits down with Jimmy Mellado, the president of Compassion International, for a wide-ranging interview on his background, the sources of poverty, and the challenges of leadership.  
Episode 058: An Interview with Jimmy Mellado (4/3/2019) - In this episode Pastor Brady sits down with Jimmy Mellado, the president of Compassion International, for a wide-ranging interview on his background, the sources of poverty, and the challenges of leadership.     My mom said to me, “When someone grows up in poverty, they never think it is going to be a benefit to their children… and yet I can see how my growing up in poverty impacted not only you in a positive way, but is using it to be central to your life’s calling [to serve the poor]…”   We [at Compassion] are a church-equipping ministry… we Read More
Episode 057: The Pastoral Workweek (3/27/2019) - In this episode we sit down to talk about the central tasks of pastoral ministry and how to delegate and manage your time accordingly.     I have to do three things: lead the team, teach and preach, and be a shepherd to the congregation that’s in front of me… it’s hard to put a percentage to those things… the demands of people cannot be scheduled or predicted…   I tend to spend a lot of my time leading… 5-8 hours I spend studying for content for sermons… the rest of my time is available to pastor the congregation, to Read More
Episode 056: Jon Egan “Unveil” Interview (3/13/2019) - In this episode we sit down to talk with our dear friend and worship leader Jon Egan about his new album “Unveil” and all that he’s seeing and learning as a worship leader and songwriter. (You can pre-order Unveil wherever good music is sold online. You’ll get one song each week till the album releases on March 29th.)     For me this project was about singing song together… almost like giving the songs back to the people… we have so much going for us in modern worship, but my burden is “Are people actually singing?”   My story is Read More