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A weekly discussion for the established church about the challenges and issues church leaders face. Hosted by Sam Rainer (West Bradenton Baptist Church, Bradenton FL) and Josh King (2ND Baptist, Conway AR). The show is produced by Jay Allen (facebook.com/jayallenlive/) in Dallas TX.
 
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Pastors can be busy. But you should not be too busy to make the most of your lunch hour. There is a better use of your time than eating a sandwich at your desk. Josh and Sam discuss three key ways to leverage your lunch to make the most of ministry. Episode Sponsor: On March 22-24, experienced ministry leaders from around the country will gather on…
 
Most pastors and church leaders are still in recovery mode from a two-year whirlwind. Decision fatigue and burnout are real. But there is hope. On this episode, Josh and Sam discuss some good things that are coming for the church. God has a way of using difficult seasons to refine His people. Better days are on the horizon! Episode Sponsor: On Marc…
 
Not only are church members shuffling during this season but so are church staff. Almost every church will lose some people and some staff, but you can minimize the impact. A new focus on retention is necessary. On this episode, Josh and Sam discuss how you can keep your people during the great reshuffling. Episode Sponsor: On March 22-24, experien…
 
Every church uses technology. Air conditioners, heating units, or electricity are all forms of technology. But can you overdo it with lighting, screens, and sound amplification? The EST.church producer, Taylor Standridge, joins the show to discuss what is appropriate for worship and what might be too much. Episode Sponsor: On March 22-24, experienc…
 
A lot of church leaders have a lot of emotions right now. On this episode, Gary Moritz of City United Church joins the show to discuss the emotional impact of leading a church revitalization. Josh, Gary, and Sam discuss some personal stories of leading while also experiencing many emotions. Check out Gary's new book, "Carry On". Episode Sponsor: On…
 
A great reshuffling is occurring in ministry. Many pastors and church leaders are considering leaving. Many churches are looking to hire. On this episode, Josh and Sam discuss what you should consider before being hired. What is reasonable to expect from the church and what is unreasonable? We dive into preparing for the interview and how to resear…
 
A great reshuffling is occurring in ministry. Many pastors and church leaders are considering leaving. Many churches are looking to hire. On this episode, Josh and Sam discuss what you should consider when making a hire. We discuss some simple tactics that can make a big difference in discovering the right person. Episode Sponsor: On March 22-24, e…
 
Preaching isn't easy. On this episode, Josh and Sam discuss what they believe to be the hardest parts of communicating God's Word through a sermon. All of the Bible is preachable, but not every part is easy to teach. We cover the delivery of sermons, the concepts in writing sermons, and the best way to apply sermons through illustrations. Episode S…
 
The church is not a business, but business principles can help the church. How can you discern which aspects of business to incorporate into the life of the church? Mac Mayer from Life Church in Boise, ID joins the show with Josh and Sam to discuss. On this episode, we cover issues of pace, strategy, stewardship, and branding. Episode Sponsor: This…
 
Your church facilities are the most expensive discipleship tool. Why are they often neglected? Josh and Sam discuss their top ten reasons why facilities are important and how not to overlook them. Episode Sponsor: This summer, Southwestern Seminary announced a new name and vision for their undergraduate college. Scarborough College is now Texas Bap…
 
Whether you have paid staff or volunteer leaders, it's a good idea to have a retreat with your team. A change of pace and new scenery are good for creativity and thinking differently. On this episode, Josh and Sam discuss where you should go, how you can pay for the retreat, and designing the purpose of the retreat. Episode Sponsor: This summer, So…
 
Don't avoid awkward conversations. Good leaders take the initiative with tough conversations. What are some ways to receive and give criticism in a way that is helpful and not hurtful? Jonathan Smith joins the show with Josh and Sam to discuss ways to have difficult conversations without losing a relationship with someone. Episode Sponsor: This sum…
 
Do you plan your vacations months in advance? You should. On this episode, Josh and Sam discuss key ways to get the most out of your vacation. You can prepare for your vacation to minimize interruptions and maximize family time. Episode Sponsor: This summer, Southwestern Seminary announced a new name and vision for their undergraduate college. Scar…
 
David Raney, Executive Pastor with Second Baptist Conway, joins the show to discuss a simple tool that any pastor can use to help create culture, develop Small Group Leaders and communicate more clearly. Episode Sponsor: This summer, Southwestern Seminary announced a new name and vision for their undergraduate college. Scarborough College is now Te…
 
Churches and pastors can fight. Sometimes these battles are worth it. Many times they are not. How can you make sure you're fighting the right battles? On this episode, Josh and Sam discuss issues of integrity. They discuss how you can make sure you have the right information before making assumptions of others. They also get into how you can check…
 
It's that season! Time to prepare your church's annual budget. What are the best practices? What might you be missing in your budget? Josh and Sam discuss their recommendations for the process of determining next year's budget. Episode Sponsor: This summer, Southwestern Seminary announced a new name and vision for their undergraduate college. Scarb…
 
For some churches, the best pathway to better health is through adoption. When a church is adopted, a healthier and stronger congregation receives a more vulnerable congregation into the family. How can you start the process if you are trying to lead the struggling church? Josh and Sam offer their insight into this phenomenon. Don't wait until a cr…
 
There is a reshuffling of pastors and church members occurring right now. Many pastors are considering leaving, and many churches are looking to hire for a variety of positions. But it seems like potential candidates and congregations are not connecting. Why is church hiring difficult right now? Josh and Sam discuss some reasons why on this week's …
 
Your lead pastor has mentioned or hinted that you are next in line for the role. What should you do? And what are the pitfalls to consider? On this episode, Josh and Sam walk through several real-life case studies. In most scenarios, the pathway is not as clear as you might think. We discuss the realities of succession in the typical established ch…
 
Few preachers are in the pulpit all 52 weeks of the year. When you are not preaching, who do you invite to fill your place? On this episode, Josh and Sam talk about whether or not it is wise to bring someone in from the outside or to utilize current staff. Should you be gone on holidays or not? They also discuss how to train up others in the church…
 
The work-from-home movement went into full swing during the pandemic. Many pastors and church staff changed the way they worked. But what is best? How should you manage others? Josh and Sam talk about the pros and cons of working in different settings. Consistency and accountability are key to productivity. Episode Sponsor: This summer, Southwester…
 
You can learn from well-known influencers without trying to become just like the person influencing you. What is a healthy approach to learning from nationally-known church leaders? Josh and Sam make comments on their biggest influences and how they have been shaped. They also discuss the podcast phenomenon, The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill. Episode …
 
At some point, every church will encounter a dangerous individual. What is the proper response? How elevated should you get? What is your role? Josh and Sam discuss their experience in dealing with protestors, potential acts of violence, and protecting children. Crazy and dangerous people may come to your church. You need to be ready. Episode Spons…
 
Many churches have women who serve on staff. A number of them have children. Beth Howe joins the show to discuss what "balance" really looks like and how churches can be sensitive to working moms. She gives some creative and practical solutions for pastors and churches. Episode Sponsor: This summer, Southwestern Seminary announced a new name and vi…
 
Josh's Administrative Assistant joins the show to discuss what it looks like to be a Pastoral Assistant in 2021. We give helpful discussion points in defining the relationship as well as setting expectations and working well together. From calendaring and correspondence to providing helpful and timely information during a discussion and assistant c…
 
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