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By Ed Taylor
At Lead2Serve Pastor Ed Taylor discusses the value of servant leadership. We recognize the best leaders will always first be the best servants. From Church Planters to Senior Pastors, Sunday School teachers to CEO's, the wisdom shared will be a great benefit to your life! Pastor Ed is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Church, in Aurora Colorado
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223. COVID 19, Masks, Courts, And What's Expected from Spiritual Leaders
In this special edition of Lead2Serve, Pastor Ed talks about the biblical expectations of spiritual leaders during this prolonged crisis.  On the foundation of a recent staff discipleship day here at Calvary, Pastor Ed takes us through Numbers 13 and 2 Timothy 4, reminding us of the key role God has given to spiritual leaders in times of great crisis. You're leading, either for the Lord or away from Him, but you're leading. It's important that we carefully follow the Lord during times of crisis. If the leaders get distracted, the people get destroyed! Listen in and share
27:02
October 24, 2020
222. A Real Conversation on Racial Tensions with Pastor Miles McPherson
In today's episode we rebroadcast a live radio call in-show where I sat down with Pastor Miles McPherson of The Rock Church, San Diego, California. Pastor Miles, a former San Diego Charger, founded the Rock Church in 2000 with over 20,000 people calling it their spiritual home today. We talk candidly, honestly, and biblically about the racial tensions in our society today and what our responses as followers of Christ could and should be. Pastor Miles has written a book, "The Third Option" which is a MUST for any of us wanting to make a difference for Jesus in a culture focused on division! Enjoy and share. (Taken from our live national radio call in show originated on gracefm.com)
58:05
August 7, 2020
221. Is It Time To Return To Worship Services
On today's episode Pastor Ed asks and answers the question, "Is it time to return to worship services."  There is a lot of fear, most of it very real, concerning the COVID-19 Corona Virus crisis. This fear is holding people back from being in worship services. How do we sort out when it's time to walk in faith and not fear, in wisdom and not our own understanding.
24:17
July 22, 2020
220. A Real Conversation on Racial Tensions with Pastor Avant Ramsey
In today's episode we rebroadcast a live radio call in-show where I sat down with Pastor Avant Ramsey of Calvary Church in Aurora, Colorado. Pastor Avant and I have been friends and served together for over 15 years. We talk candidly, honestly, and biblically about the racial tensions in our society today and what our responses as followers of Christ could and should be. Enjoy and share. (Taken from our live national radio call in show originated on gracefm.com)
58:00
June 19, 2020
219. A Biblical Response to Racial Divisions and Tensions
As I anticipated coming together again as a church family in person after 3 months of quarantine, I really thought that most of my ministry would be to speak to how the COVID-19 crisis affected us, individually  and culturally in many negative ways. I planned on getting our eyes firmly fixed and re-fixedated on Jesus. However within a few days, the horrific death of George Floyd sparked a cultural uprising. What started with somewhat peaceful protests, ended up with extremely sinful riots and seemingly everything in between. Racism is a sin. God led me to share these important truths with our Church family and now we share them with you. If racism is a sin, and it is, then the answer is the cross of Jesus Christ. Justice and mercy flow from the cross. The answer is the gospel in action through your life and mine. ed
21:07
June 12, 2020
218. A Real Conversation on Racial Tensions with Pastor Al Pittman
In today's episode we rebroadcast a live radio call in-show where I sat down with Pastor Al Pittman of Calvary Worship Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Pastor Al and I have been friends for 20 years. We talk candidly, honestly, and biblically about the racial tensions in our society today and what our responses as followers of Christ could and should be. Enjoy and share. (Taken from our live national radio call in show originated on gracefm.com)
51:28
June 12, 2020
217. A Real Conversation on Racial Tensions with Pastor Tony Clark
In today's episode we rebroadcast a live radio call in-show where I sat down with Pastor Tony Clark of Calvary Chapel Newport News, Virginia. Pastor Tony and I have been friends for many years. We talk candidly, honestly, and biblically about the racial tensions in our society today and what our responses as followers of Christ could and should be. Enjoy and share. (Taken from our live national radio call in show originated on gracefm.com)
55:32
June 12, 2020
216. A Real Conversation on Racial Tensions with Pastor Bill Buffington
In today's episode we rebroadcast a live radio call in-show where I sat down with Pastor Bill Buffington of Calvary Chapel Inglewood, in Inglewood California. Pastor Bill and I have been friends for 24+ years. We talk candidly, honestly, and biblically about the racial tensions in our society today and what our responses as followers of Christ could and should be. Enjoy and share. (Taken from our live national radio call in show originated on gracefm.com)
58:04
June 9, 2020
215. A Real Conversation on Racial Tensions with Pastor John Moreland
In today's episode we rebroadcast a live radio call in-show where I sat down with Pastor John Moreland of Denver Christian Bible Church in Denver. We talk candidly, honestly, and biblically about the racial tensions in our society today and what our responses as followers of Christ could and should be. Enjoy and share. (Taken from our live national radio call in show originated on gracefm.com)
57:55
June 5, 2020
214. Lead Yourself First
Leaders must first lead themselves. This is the important topic of today's podcast. Pastor Ed reminds the leader that in order to lead others, you must first learn and demonstrate you can lead yourself. Powerful insights.
29:22
April 20, 2020
213. Courage and Fear in the Coronavirus Era
Difficult times call for courage. But how do you lead with courage when fear and challenges surround you? In today’s edition of Lead2Serve, Pastor Ed talks about courage and the supernatural supply given to us by God when we need it! Courage is needed and courage is available to you in these difficult times.
27:20
April 8, 2020
212. Having the Hard Conversations
Hard conversations are not popular. Some leaders choose to delay them, excuse them, and in some cases avoid them at all costs. Yet leadership involves hard conversations, a lot of them!  Pastor Ed shares with us the necessity of these hard conversations and how to be more effective when you do. 
27:44
April 6, 2020
211. Different Doesn't Mean Wrong
Just because someone is doing it different doesn't mean they are wrong or bad. God loves diversity, uniqueness, and creativity! On this episode Pastor Ed encourages us to be careful of judging people unfairly just because they do things differently. Instead we should learn from them and champion their creativity!
28:34
March 30, 2020
BONUS - Vision Takes A Team 2020 Tucson SWPLC
Every year, Calvary Chapel Tucson puts on one of the best Bible conferences in the country. This year's theme was Vision Through the Life of Moses. Some of the premiere Bible teachers shared on various topics surrounding the life of Moses. In support of this week's podcast I wanted to share with you the study I shared at the conference. I pray it stirs love, unity, and commitment in your heart. 
1:00:26
March 26, 2020
210. Leading in A Crisis
The COVID-19 crisis has changed our lives in unprecedented ways. How do we lead? What should I say? How can I help my family, my team, my church through the difficulties? On today’s SPECIAL EPISODE of Lead2Serve, Pastor Ed helps us with practical and personal insights on how to lead effectively in the midst of an ever-changing crisis!
27:28
March 24, 2020
209. Teamwork and Division
The great enemy of the progress of the gospel is division. Vision takes a team and that team needs to be unified in what they have personally been called to do, then mutually summit to one another in a unified goal. In this episode, Pastor Ed talks about the need for unity.
28:57
March 23, 2020
208. Faithfulness is Greatness!
Small things. Insignificant. No Big Deal. This doesn't really matter. Maybe you've felt that way. You're frustrated because you think what you're doing doesn't matter. Today on Lead2Serve, Ed reminds us that great leadership comes from daily faithfulness in all things. That's the place of great significance! Join in on the conversation. 
24:37
March 16, 2020
207. SPECIAL: Coronavirus, Fear, Anxiety & The Church
John 14:27 (NLT) “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” The spread of the coronavirus has caused major disruptions, changes, and as one media outlet called it, “forced new realities”. It’s also stirred up new fears, anxieties, and even widespread panic. But one thing has not changed, the sovereignty of God. He is still on the throne. This is the time, this is the year, to arise as a Church scattered to help those in need.  Today I sat in the GRACEfm Radio Network Studios with Pastor Eric Cartier, Sr. Pastor of Rocky Mountain Calvary in Colorado Springs, Colorado. We talked about the coronavirus, fear, anxiety, and the Church. It's our prayer you are strengthened, encouraged, and equipped to lead the people under your care with grace, love and wisdom.
58:11
March 14, 2020
206. Do I Defend Myself?
It's going to happen to every leader, hyper criticism and slander. It's not usual to have people talking about you rather than talking to you. When you're accused or lied about, is it ok to defend yourself? Should you? In today's episode Ed talks about the two popular camps when it comes to accusations, yes you should and no you shouldn't.  He offers us a third alternative, it depends on the situation. Tune in!
26:18
March 9, 2020
205. Stop The Gossip
Every leader needs to serve with an air of trust and confidence among those they lead.  Without trust, there is nothing to build a professional relationship on. Today on Lead2Serve, Ed talks about the damage that slander and gossip can do in a leader's life. The angle he takes is not the expected one so tune into find out how to stop the gossip.
20:23
March 2, 2020
204. How Do I Raise Up & Develop People
Raising up and developing others is one of the most rewarding parts of serving and also one of the most challenging. Many have never learned how to identify, connect, develop, and train new leaders. On today's episode of Lead2Serve, Pastor Ed touches on key ingredients in how to raise up new servants and leaders in your ministry. He talks about the 2 ways you identify a person, and gives some practical tools on how to get the process started. Tune in and share with a friend. 
25:19
February 24, 2020
203. What Do I Do While I'm Waiting
One of the more difficult parts of leadership is waiting. It seems that our time of waiting sometimes exceeds our times of doing. On today's episode, Ed helps us understand what we can be doing while we're waiting. We aren't to treat this time as a passive withdrawal, but rather an active pressing in to deeper levels of trust and preparation for what God has for us. Be sure to share this podcast with others!
23:03
February 17, 2020
202. Follow Up, Follow Through, Follow On
In today's episode of Lead2Serve, Pastor Ed reminds us of the importance of following up. When serving and leading people, you are part of their lives. They are not merely an event or calendar appointment, they are people, who as we grow in relationship with them, we will have a greater capacity to lead them!  In addition to following up, what is often missed is the "follow through" and "Follow on" with them. Ed will explain these in more detail too. Enjoy!
22:12
February 10, 2020
201. Set Some Goals!
On today's edition of Lead2Serve, Ed kicks off Season 2 with an episode on setting goals. It's been wisely said that if you aim at nothing you'll hit it every time. So much frustration can be avoided if you learn how to set goals, properly, personally, and with the right priority. Ed introduces us to the concept of using setting SMART goals. A great way to start the year and a new season of Lead2Serve, let's set some goals!
24:11
February 3, 2020
015 - I Just Don't See How God Can Use Me
In this last episode of Season 1, Pastor Ed picks up where we started, looking at the all sufficiency of Jesus Christ in our lives. The pressures upon the leader and servant are so great, that it's easy to succumb to these feelings of inadequacy, inability, and weakness. God's desire is for us to lean into Him, trusting Him with our lives. We are able, not because of our education or experience, but rather because of His grace and empowerment in our lives! Tune in as we end season one on a high note!
20:11
August 26, 2019
014 - Handling Gray Areas of Life as A Leader
How does a spiritual leader handle gray areas in their life? How do they help others navigate through this world with so many options, so many temptations, so may opportunities to stray away from the simplicity of Jesus Christ? Gray Areas, there are many. Today, Pastor Ed leads us through a discussion on how to handle the gray areas in life, helping others, including ourselves, become more useful in the hands of Jesus. 
21:58
August 19, 2019
013 - Divine Appointments or Fleshly Interruptions
Because a leader's life is full, it's easy to see things, to see people, to see situations as disruptive unwelcome interruptions. But they are not! God is orchestrating events surrounding our lives leading us into exciting Divine appointments! As you embrace the sovereignty of God in your life, everything you face is viewed as an opportunity to glorify Him!
20:43
August 12, 2019
012 - What Do I Do When I Don't Know What To Do
Although most people look to leaders for direction and help, there are times, many times, when we simply don't know what to do. Lacking knowledge doesn't make you a bad leader, but it can stumble you in your leadership. In today's episode, Pastor Ed helps us to walk through the moments when we come to a situation where don't know what to do. Join in on this fascinating topic discussion.
20:03
August 5, 2019
011 - People Are Not Tasks or Events
It's inevitable that as you have more to do, you will have more tools to help keep you organized. A common problem for the leader in ministry is that you get so organized that you begin to think that people are just tasks, appointments, and events. That's not the heart of Jesus for His Church. Jesus modeled for us the care and concern He wants us to invest into people's lives. Today on Lead2Serve, Pastor Ed reminds us to treat everyone with love, dignity, and respect in Jesus name!
23:02
July 29, 2019
010 Leading with Simple Childlikeness
In Matthew 18, before Jesus gets to His instructions on how to resolve conflict with others, He takes a child and places him in the midst of the adults he's teaching. The child is an object lesson of the heart of the matter. The kingdom of God is lead by those who learn, in humility, to approach God in a childlike manner. Resolving conflict through your leadership must be saturated with humility, grace, and childlikeness. Tune in to today's episode of Lead2Serve where Pastor Ed walks us through the overarching context of Jesus instructions in Matthew 18.
21:25
July 22, 2019
009 Unforgiveness Keeps You Stuck and Unable to Lead
In today's episode of Lead2Serve, Pastor Ed, Calvary Church in Aurora, shares with us the importance and value of forgiveness in resolving conflicts. Many choose a posture of unforgiveness and wonder why their hearts have become so cold and hard. Their leadership ability is affected and things are falling apart. God has made a way for us to move forward in grace, receiving and extending His forgiveness!
21:39
July 15, 2019
008 - How Do I Handle Sensitive Personal and Painful Conflicts Biblically?
By far one of the most painful parts of life is enduring conflicts with those we love and care for. Pain, sorrow, difficulty, and even depression follow unresolved conflicts. It's a double shocker to find that conflicts exist in the church just as much as outside of the church. What are we supposed to do? How do we handle them? Is there is a biblical roadmap as a leader to help resolve conflict? Join Pastor Ed today as helps us learn the pathway of Jesus in handling conflicts biblically. 
20:22
July 8, 2019
007 What Is The Real Business of the Church?
Why is the Church on the earth today? There are many good answers to this questions. We are here to glorify God, worship Him alone, love, evangelize, and so many others. But if you had to reduce it down to just one word, what word would you choose? On today's episode of Lead2Serve, Pastor Ed suggests a word that you may not have thought of before. Join in!
20:28
July 1, 2019
006 - A Loving Discussion About Homosexuality with Dr. Christopher Yuan
Leading in a culture that is ever changing and very much secular is challenging. The moral compass of our world has shifted and changed so much. How do we reach our culture with the gospel when it seems like our culture has gone off the rails, especially in their definition of sexuality? Recently author and professor, Dr. Christopher Yuan, sat down with Pastor Ed to discuss the importance of a Holy Sexuality and the need for grace and love when reaching out to those who are living in immortal sexual lifestyles. The conversation was probing and liberating. Love conquers all!
26:54
June 24, 2019
005 - Likemindedness Helps Move the Vision Forward
One of the underrated value of any team is likemindedness. We all want it but don't speak much about it.  Some demand conformity. Others don't have a solid direction. But most of us thrive in likeminded environments. Cultures where we generally see things the same way and run with the vision God has placed before. In today's episode, Pastor Ed talks about the importance of likemindedness.
19:37
June 17, 2019
004 - Are you a Bad Leader? 10 signs of Bad Leadership
No one in their right mind wants to be a bad leader, yet there are many and the ranks are growing. How do we know what a bad leader looks like? What are the characteristics to watch out for?  In today's edition of Lead2Serve, Pastor Ed walks us through an important passage in the book of Jeremiah looking at how God evaluates a group of bad leaders.
18:32
June 10, 2019
003 - Is There A Need to Have a Pastor's Heart?
Leadership is a heart issue.  As it's been said, the heart of the matter is often a matter of the heart. In this episode Pastor Ed Taylor discusses the importance of having and cultivating a Pastor's heart. Even if you are not serving in the role or with the title of pastor, it's essential. Join us now!
20:08
June 4, 2019
102. Leading with A Limp
Weakness is not seen as a valuable ingredient in serving.  So much energy and effort is spent trying to be strong, stay strong, and stay on the cutting edge. But It's important to realize how important weakness is in your servanthood. It's in weakness that God's strength is made perfect. I learned this personally after the death of our son, 6 years ago, on May 27th, 2013.
21:55
May 27, 2019
101. You Are Capable to Lead
Ever feel inadequate for the task? It seems at one time or another, every servant of Jesus comes face to face with their own inadequacies.  We all have them.  For many, this comes with with the temptation to quit, throw in the towel, and run the other way. In today's episode of Lead2Serve, Pastor Ed reminds us of the strength God to equip you to serve Him.
22:21
May 17, 2019