Strength for Today's Pastor

Strength for Today's Pastor

By Bill Holdridge
Practical Encouragement and Help for Senior or Lead Pastors
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019 The Greatest Challenge in Pastoral Ministry- Tim Brown
Tim Brown has been in pastoral ministry since 1973, and a senior pastor since 1985. He is widely regarded as a very wise man, full of sage advice and interesting insights on matters of theology and church life. In episode 019, Tim shares his thoughts on the subject of the pastoral ministry's greatest challenge. His conclusions may surprise you. But they most definitely will challenge and encourage any senior pastor, or anyone in ministry for that matter. Tim argues that the greatest challenge in ministry is not the need to be pure, but rather the need to remain ____________. Tune in and see if you agree.
33:56
June 24, 2019
018 How Does the Pastor Make Disciples? (With Trip Kimball)
Join host Bill Holdridge and Pastor Trip Kimball as they discuss some of the how-to's of disciple making, especially within the ministry of the senior/lead pastor. Questions like, who should we look for? or what is the goal of disciple making? or how did Jesus do it? are part of the discussion. This episode can be helpful to restart or jump-start an existing discipleship emphasis with our churches.
24:02
June 19, 2019
017 The Pastor As Disciple Maker (With Trip Kimball)
Every senior/lead pastor knows about the Great Commission and its importance in fulfilling God's vision for the church. But what does that look like in the life and ministry of the busy pastor? Pastor Trip Kimball has a long history of pouring into people that they might follow Christ well. In this podcast, program host Bill Holdridge will interview Pastor Trip to help us all discover how we can grow as disciplers.
25:15
June 18, 2019
016 What Does the Coaching Process Look Like? (With Terry McNabb)
When we (Poimen Ministries) enter into a coaching relationship with a senior/lead pastor, the purpose is to help the pastor discover many of the things he already knows. And then to help him discover how to move forward in his calling and vision. In this podcast, host Bill Holdridge interviews Pastor Terry McNabb. Terry underwent a coaching process during the course of his own pastoral ministry, and it was not only life and ministry changing, but has also become the foundation of his coaching approach to pastors in this current stage of his ministry. Five areas of focus are worked through in a coaching relationship: Calling, Vision, Mission, Organization, and Communication. These five areas of focus will be explained by Pastor Terry in this very helpful episode of Strength for Today's Pastor.
27:56
June 12, 2019
015 Could You Use a Pastoral Coach? (With Terry McNabb)
Pastoral coaching has been a relatively new development in the past several years. Pastors, hungry to to their best and eager to find their ministry sweet spot, are more open than ever to have a seasoned 'coach' who can help them rediscover their passion, clarify their vision, and regain some of their strength. It's even better when the coach is a seasoned pastor himself. In this podcast, program host Bill Holdridge interviews Pastor Terry McNabb. Terry introduces us to the process of pastoral coaching ... what it is, why it's a healthy thing to do, and what to expect.  Terry is a longtime and seasoned senior pastor who experienced a coaching relationship while in his former church. It was tremendously helpful to him, and set him on a course that greatly enhanced himself and his ministry.
23:05
June 11, 2019
014 So You're Thinking About Going On Sabbatical? (With John Cowan- Part Two)
You've heard about this idea, and you've been thinking about it. There are roadblocks to consider, and you're reviewing some of them in your own mind. Yet just the hope of an extended restorative time away charges your batteries. How can the obstacles to actually doing this be overcome?  What about your church's leadership, how will they ever get on board? Why not just take an extra week of vacation? In this podcast, Pastor John Cowan of Poimen Ministries responds to these questions with Program Host Bill Holdridge. May the Lord bless you as you live in, and enter into His rest!
24:40
June 5, 2019
013 Is It Time for the Pastor to Take a Sabbatical? (With John Cowan- Part One)
Many pastors do not consider the idea of taking an extended time away from their normal pastoral duties, to be renewed and strengthened personally and in ministry.  Yet at the same time we hear about how many pastors are leaving the ministry these days ... many of which admit to experiencing burnout, lack of vision, or a weakened spiritual life. Maybe you, pastor, may be in need of a sabbatical. In this program, Host Bill Holdridge speaks with longtime pastor John Cowan about what a sabbatical is, and why it's important to consider.  John calls a sabbatical a time of "refueling." If you've been in your church for ten years or more, you may indeed be a candidate for a sabbatical. Perhaps this podcast can help you determine that.
21:43
June 4, 2019
012 Dan Finfrock on Inductive Bible Study Based Preaching
Dan Finfock of Intensive Care Ministries (icmbible.com) is a world traveling (53 countries) fanatic concerning the IBS method of Observation, Interpretation, and Application. For 43 years Dan has trained pastors and Christian leaders, as well as members of many church congregations in the U.S. and abroad.  IBS is the most Biblical way of studying the Bible ... and should be the Biblical foundation of all Bible teaching and preaching.  This episode will encourage those who are using the inductive method of Bible study already, will inspire those who aren't to learn Dan's simple methodology, and will try to convince today's pastor to reach for the commentaries only after having worked with the  text directly thoroughly. Connections to Intensive Care Ministries for training and materials are in the podcast.
41:03
May 30, 2019
011 The Pastor's Legacy- How He Can Care For His Family and Widow (With Gillett Doggett)
Poimen Ministries Director (and program host) Bill Holdridge interviews Pastor Gillett Doggett on the subjects of the senior pastor's retirement, care for his widow should the pastor go home to be with the Lord, and adequately preparing for a church transition when and if it gets to be that time. This program will be helpful for church boards of directors, elder boards, deacon boards, and finance and budget committees. The senior/lead pastor may consider making this show available to his leadership team(s). Gillett Doggett has served the Lord for many years, and is like a modern day Caleb. This octogenarian has a great passion for the care of pastoral widows, and for the pastor and his family.  
24:34
May 29, 2019
010 Identifying Future Leaders (With Bob Claycamp- Part Two)
Sometimes it's surprising ... if not always surprising ... to see who God wants to use. Identifying those whom God has called, and brought into our churches, is a very, very large part of the fruit that comes out of any ministry. So why don't pastors spend more time developing leaders? Are there ways to overcome our negligence, or apprehensions, or inexperience? Host Bill Holdridge will talk with Pastor Bob Claycamp on this all important topic in this podcast.  Learned from a seasoned pastor who is known by many as a developer of leaders who lead others.
29:30
May 23, 2019
009 Identifying Future Leaders (With Bob Claycamp- Part One)
Literally nothing that lasts happens without leadership—good leadership—by men and women who are both biblical and Spirit led. Organizations and churches depend upon it. Yet sadly, there oftentimes seems to be a dearth of willing leaders within our churches ... at least not as many as there should be. Pastor Bob Claycamp is a seasoned pastor (40+ years) who is also a pastor of pastors.  Bob has made it part of his life's mission to develop leaders.  Join host Bill Holdridge and Pastor Bob as they dive into this all important topic. Be encouraged as Bob shares some of the major lessons he's learned over the years, and be refreshed in your calling to develop leaders within your own church.
21:02
May 16, 2019
008 Do You Need a Church Assessment? (With Phil Evans- Part Two)
Again, Bill Holdridge picks the brain of Pastor Phil Evans on the subject of church assessments.  Phil came out of a business background and into the pastorate about 40 years ago, and uses the organizational mind that God has given him, a great sense of humor, and a calm spirit to help many pastors. He's become sort of an assessment guru with Poimen Ministries.  Give a listen to this podcast if you're interested in having a fresh set of eyes, a non-threatening and encouraging set of eyes, a confidential set of eyes—upon you and/or your ministry.  This show highlights some of what was talked about in Part one of this series, and then goes into a bit more detail on what it looks like to have an assessment done at your church. Thanks for listening.
19:20
May 15, 2019
007 Do You Need a Church Assessment? (With Phil Evans- Part One)
A fresh set of eyes. Face it, we get used to our surroundings—and as pastors, we can become unaware of things we would have noticed X number of years ago.  We can sometimes use a fresh set of eyes. In this podcast, Poimen Ministries Director Bill Holdridge will talk with Pastor Phil Evans. Phil is excellent at doing church assessments, and has helped many senior pastors with a better and more clear look at their ministries. In part one, we will discuss what a church assessment is, and what it is not.  Spoiler alert: it's a very encouraging and strengthening process. Proverbs 1:5 provides a scriptural reason for having an assessment done.     A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel...
22:58
May 15, 2019
006 What We Can Do to Reconnect Young People to the Church? (With Bryan Newberry)
Host Bill Holdridge interviews Pastor Bryan Newberry, a senior pastor for 32+ years. Bryan is passionate about connecting with the next generation, and exudes proper confidence in the Lord that it's doable.  Many pastors are asking, "why are the young people leaving?" And most of the time, we pastors are unclear about what to do about it! But the next gen WANTS to be reached, and Bryan provides Biblical, practical, Jesus centered, and easy to implement practices that will encourage any pastor to go for it.  Part two of this two part series focuses on some of the 'must do' practices for the church that wants to fulfill the Great Commission as it reaches the younger people. Bryan's suggestions, if applied, have the potential to radically change the dynamic of any church. 
28:28
May 8, 2019
005 David Guzik and Jeff Jones Talk About Warren Wiersbe (5/16/29-5/2/2019)
Warren Wiersbe served the Lord Jesus well ... and his impact upon the body of Christ, and upon pastor-teachers, is incalculable. Join host Bill Holdridge as he is joined by Pastors David Guzik (https://enduringword.com) and Jeff Jones as they share about the legacy of this faithful steward of God's Word.  Though Warren Wiersbe is in heaven, his writings and his life still speak.
33:12
May 7, 2019
004 How Can We Connect the Young People Back to the Church? (With Bryan Newberry)
Host Bill Holdridge interviews Pastor Bryan Newberry, a senior pastor for 32+ years. Bryan is passionate about connecting with the next generation, and exudes proper confidence in the Lord that it's doable.  Many pastors are asking, "why are the young people leaving?" And most of the time, we pastors are unclear about what to do about it! But the next gen WANTS to be reached, and Bryan provides Biblical, practical, Jesus centered, and easy to implement practices that will encourage any pastor to go for it.  Part one of this two part series focuses on the mindset of today's youth, and how our churches can adjust to that mindset. The message and foundation remains the same as we reach out to young people, but the approach and methods can and must adjust. 
22:15
May 6, 2019
003 Excellence in Ministry: The Pastor's Relationships with the People (With Al James)
How can the senior or lead pastor connect with the people in his church? How should he conduct himself, and what are some great ways to reach the people that are attending the church? Of course, this is vital if the Great Commission will be fulfilled. Bill Holdridge, host of Strength for Today's Pastor, interviews Pastor Al James in this very important session on the role of the senior/lead pastor.
23:51
May 2, 2019
002 Excellence in Ministry: The Sunday Morning Experience (With Al James)
A fresh set of eyes. That's what we often need as we try to evaluate what we pastors do, week in and week out.   What does the visitor to your church see when he or she attends? What areas are typical of areas that can be tweaked to make it even better? How can the church service itself better serve the people to help them become equipped for ministry and better disciples? Host Bill Holdridge once again interviews Pastor Al James, founding pastor of Calvary Chapel Prescott, AZ.  Tune in to begin seeing your church through a fresh set of eyes.
27:48
May 2, 2019
001 Excellence in Ministry: Fellowship with God (With Al James)
Foundational to all true pastoral ministry is the pastor's communion and union with God. Jesus pastored this way as the Good Shepherd (Pastor), and so should the senior or lead pastor of the church.  Discover new inspiration for your ministry in this episode. Very practical and timely. Guest Pastor: Al James
25:32
April 21, 2019
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