Episode 052: Leading From The Middle (2/13/2019) - In this episode we discuss the opportunities and challenges of leading "from the middle" of an organization. How do we become catalysts for health, creativity, and even vision when we don't occupy the so-called "first chair"?     There’s a whole band of leadership that takes place “from the middle” where we are leading “upward” to those we report to, “downward” to those under our charge, and “laterally” among peers on the org. chart… we can be agents of change in that space…   We believe that vision can come from different places in the organization… Pastor Brady has prepared Read More
Episode 051: A Culture of Life (2/6/2019) - In light of the recent abortion legislation passed in New York, we sat down to talk about what it looks like for the Church to not only preach but also work for a culture of life.     It seems like there’s been a great battle for women’s rights, and there have been great advances… but to associate the abortion law with women’s health is difficult for many people because we believe that life begins at conception…   In the name of fighting for more rights, we’ve dropped the conversation about what our responsibility is to these creatures who have Read More
Episode 050: The Pastor As A Student (1/29/2019) - In this episode we sit down to talk about the pastor as a student. Why is it important that a pastor be an ongoing learner, and what does that look like?     One of the traps for a pastor is to only listen to your peers, to people who are right where you are… we need input that is qualitatively greater than our output…   We are those who have been entrusted with a message… for pastors, our work is words… so much of our life and ministry lives at the level of perception… that means that the pastor Read More
Episode 049: When Is It Time To Resign? (1/23/2019) - In this episode we sit down to talk about what qualifies and disqualifies a person for ministry. How do you know when it’s time to resign? What kinds of structure and culture do we need to have in our churches to keep them and those who lead them healthy over time?     God is not after perfection, but he is after holiness… I’m concerned that we’ve lowered the standards of holiness in the church… which means we’re holding leaders everywhere else in our culture to lower standards…   In our media-driven culture, we no longer look to 1stTimothy 3 Read More
Episode 048: Starting The Year Out Right (1/15/2019) - In this episode, we sit down to talk about how to start the congregational year out on the right foot. What should we do? What should we not do? How can January poise us for what the Lord wants to do in our churches over the next 11 months?     For us, we believe that starting the year out with worship, prayer, and the presence of the Lord does something for the rest of the year in the life of our church… if you can start the year in a holy way, the chances of you finishing in a holy Read More
Episode 047: A Conversation with Andrew Wilson (11/27/2018) - In this episode we sit down to talk to our friend Andrew Wilson about his new book Spirit and Sacrament: An Invitation to Eucharismatic Worship to talk about the what, why, and how of blending the charismatic and sacramental expressions.     https://www.spiritandsacrament.com/   I don’t remember where I first came up with the word (“eucharismatic”), but my history is that I have some Anglicanism in my childhood that was non-charismatic… and then I went to a charismatic church that had almost no awareness of the historical church…   At around six or seven years ago I started thinking there Read More
Episode 046: What is ‘Multi-Congregational’? (Part 2) (11/21/2018) - In this episode (the second of two) we sit down and finish our conversation about the multi-congregational model New Life Church has developed over the last several years. Why we did it, how it works, and what opportunities and challenges it presents.     This model is not your friend if you value speed and scale… if you want to go fast, this isn’t for you… it’s a crockpot not a microwave… it’s also not a model for scalability… there’s a cap on it because of built-in relationships…   What we’ve decided is that there’s a circle around in our Read More
Episode 045: What is ‘Multi-Congregational’? (Part 1) (11/14/2018) - In this episode (the first of two) we sit down to talk about the multi-congregational model New Life has developed over the last several years—why we did it, how it works, and what opportunities and challenges it presents.     PART 1 SHOW NOTES   We stumbled into this, quite honestly… we knew we had a deep bench of teachers and preachers on our staff and we needed to infiltrate our city…   Brady was really taking a risk with me… he gave me a space to experiment and grow…   For us, we decided that the church should look Read More
Episode 044: The Pastor in Relationship (11/7/2018) - In this episode, we sit down to talk about the kinds of relationships pastors need to cultivate in order to live and lead from a healthy place.   This is particularly tricky for young pastors or church planters… on one level, this is the last question you think about – who’s leading me, who’s caring for me?   Part of the reason this is so tricky is that there’s a power differential here… it can make it tricky to know what you’re seeing with people… are people drawing near to us because they care for us, or because they need Read More
Episode 043: Why Church? (10/30/2018) - In this episode, we sit down to talk about the role of the local church in the life of the believer. In a time when many people see participation in the local church as optional, we try to answer the question, “Why Church?"     I don’t know how we got here but it certainly is a different day… many feel that they can practice their faith in other ways [than being part of a local church]… and it didn’t used to be like that… it used to be that this was the neighborhood and this is where we go Read More