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The Reggie McNeal Podcast

The Reggie McNeal Podcast

By Reggie McNeal
Jesus asked his disciples to pray for the kingdom to come on Earth and commanded them to seek the kingdom “first'' in their own lives - a prayer that forms the backdrop to this podcast. Episodes will range in focus from discussions of how church leaders can become more kingdom-centric in their ministry agenda, to ways that individuals are pursuing the kingdom in their personal journeys, to an examination of collaborative efforts underway in communities to address key societal issues - all while we celebrate the kingdom (“life as God intends”) as already present and hope for a better future.
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Kingdom Kaleidoscope: Improving Relational Intelligence
Jesus told his followers that the kingdom of God is in them. The abundant life he offers includes the personal dimension of human flourishing. In this fun podcast Reggie interviews his brother Randall, who serves as an executive coach to clients all around the world. Randall brings years of personal and family counseling experience to help business clients focus on the element of relational intelligence. In this conversation, he reveals the critical starting point for improving this aspect of our lives.
31:36
March 23, 2022
Kingdom Kaleidoscope: Delivering Hope
In this episode, Reggie talks with Mike Linger, the Executive Director of House of the Carpenter (HOC) in Wheeling WV. HOC delivers an amazing variety of services to its surrounding community, a city hit hard economically in recent decades. The interview begins with an investigation of the breadth of aid offered by HOC, then focuses on a couple of specific expressions of ministry that provide help and hope to its neighbors for escaping poverty.
30:07
March 16, 2022
Kingdom Kaleidoscope: Curtains or Challenges
Jesus wants his followers to be viral kingdom agents, always working to find ways for the kingdom of heaven to show up on earth.  In this podcast series, Reggie looks at three different levels of kingdom expression: cultural, community, and personal. Like twisting a kaleidoscope, different shapes and patterns come into focus as we seek first the kingdom in all of life’s dimensions. This podcast captures a presentation that Reggie recently made to several dozen city network leaders focusing on our current cultural milieu.  After detailing some of the threatening currents that are buffeting our national well-being Reggie highlights the challenges they pose to the church. How the church responds to the changed spiritual landscape will determine its future. As kingdom people we should be offering a narrative of hope amidst all the darkness.
58:27
March 09, 2022
Kingdom Sightings: Heart4Schools
In this conversation, Reggie interviews Angela McNeal (no relation) who heads up a denominational effort (SC Baptist Convention) to pair churches with schools where the church provides support for students and teachers. To date, this emphasis has helped to create over 500 partnerships, covering almost a third of schools in the state. Learn more at www.heart4schools.org.
28:17
February 02, 2022
Kingdom Sightings: Community Engagement
This podcast features a conversation between Reggie and Greg Wigfield, a business owner and entrepreneur, who is seeking to serve his city as a kingdom agent. Greg details his journey from church-centric to kingdom-centric thinking and engagement with what God is up to in his community. Hopefully this episode inspires you to make sure your own spiritual quest aligns with God’s kingdom.
33:01
January 26, 2022
Kingdom Sightings: City Network
In the new series "Kingdom Sightings," Reggie explores kingdom expressions that are showing up in a city-wide network of churches that seeks to change the public perception of the church, a community-level entrepreneur who is making a kingdom impact in his city, and a statewide effort by one denominational tribe to support the public school system. Our first episode is with Gary Gaddini, the director of Unify for the Transforming the Bay Area with Christ (TBC). In this podcast, he and Reggie talk about how a kingdom-centric emphasis influences the network of 500 churches to figure out ways to serve the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. Gary offers practical advice for getting a similar movement going where you live. For more info check out www.tbc.city.
27:46
January 19, 2022
The Sacrifice of Bethlehem
Jesus-followers rightly focus on the celebration of his birth during the Christmas season. His coming into the world opened up for us the possibility for life as God intends. His birth also entailed enormous sacrifice, foreshadowing the death that awaited him. In this brief podcast, Reggie reflects on some of the parallels between Bethlehem and Calvary so that our celebration can attain even deeper appreciation for what God has done for us in sending a Savior.
09:35
December 17, 2021
Advanced Kingdom Leadership with Lee Clamp: Session Three
Reggie was recently involved in a discussion of kingdom-based leadership for the Advance Leadership podcast - hosted by Lee Clamp, chief strategist for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. In this conversation, Reggie focuses his comments to church leaders who want to become more missionally aligned with God’s kingdom agenda. He begins with some cultural analysis that points to an opportunity for kingdom advance, then moves to specific advice for those who want to lead those in their constellation to be more kingdom-focused.
24:60
September 29, 2021
People Development with Scott Gress: Session Two
Reggie was recently interviewed by Scott Gress, leadership trainer, coach, and consultant, for his “Growing People for Ministry” podcast. In this session, Reggie examines one of the hallmark characteristics of kingdom leaders: their commitment to developing the people in their leadership constellation. Reggie describes the kind of environment and approaches that these leaders pursue as they create a people-development culture around them.
26:02
September 22, 2021
Kingdom-Centric Leadership with Scott Gress: Session One
Reggie was recently interviewed by Scott Gress, leadership trainer, coach, and consultant, for his “Growing People for Ministry” podcast. In this wide-ranging interview, Reggie discusses some of the unique challenges that kingdom leaders face.  With his conviction that nothing less than a culture shift is required of the Western church, Reggie outlines the fundamental shifts that leaders must make for the church to become kingdom-centric in its ministry agenda.
29:20
September 15, 2021
Keeping Life in Leadership
God’s desire that people experience the abundant life he envisions for them extends to spiritual leaders, not just to those in their constellation of influence.  In this final episode of conversations focusing on the future of the church, Reggie identifies some key challenges that confront church leaders and offers some reflections and suggestions for building resilience needed for the way forward.  This podcast is the audio portion of a series of ten videoed conversations called the “Future Church Symposium,” a discussion on the reposition of church-as-institution to church-as-movement amongst Reggie and pastors Jordan Rimmer and Chris Thomas. Anyone who dreams of a more impactful church will resonate with these discussions.
33:23
August 18, 2021
Adding Capacity to Compassion
When it comes to helping people, it’s not enough to just care. We need capacity as well, the ability to deliver competent help.  In this podcast, Reggie raises 5 questions that can help followers of Jesus become better positioned as viral kingdom agents, people capable of blessing those around them. This podcast is the audio portion of a series of ten videoed conversations called the “Future Church Symposium,” a discussion on the reposition of church-as-institution to church-as-movement amongst Reggie and pastors Jordan Rimmer and Chris Thomas. Anyone who dreams of a more impactful church will resonate with these discussions.
23:33
August 11, 2021
Discipleshift: Part 2
At the onset of this episode Reggie asks the question, “what kind of environment is required to foster life transformation?” The discussion identifies some specific factors that play key roles in creating a life-shaping culture and considers how they might be applied to the church. This podcast is the audio portion of a series of ten videoed conversations called the “Future Church Symposium,” a discussion on the reposition of church-as-institution to church-as-movement amongst Reggie and pastors Jordan Rimmer and Chris Thomas. Anyone who dreams of a more impactful church will resonate with these discussions.
25:58
August 04, 2021
Discipleshift: Part 1
The program-driven church focused on creating customers of its program processes and content and called this discipleship.  A kingdom-centric approach focuses on shaping viral kingdom agents. This calls for a different strategy and environment, one that fosters people development. This podcast is the audio portion of a series of ten videoed conversations called the “Future Church Symposium,” a discussion on the reposition of church-as-institution to church-as-movement amongst Reggie and pastors Jordan Rimmer and Chris Thomas. Anyone who dreams of a more impactful church will resonate with these discussions.
19:34
July 28, 2021
Changing the Stewardship
A third element of culture shift that the church must embrace for realigning its mission with the kingdom centers on the church’s sense of stewardship. The church’s stewardship reflects what the church feels responsible for. Kingdom leaders assume responsibility for the quality of life in the community, not just the quality of church programming. This podcast is the audio portion of a series of ten videoed conversations called the “Future Church Symposium,” a discussion on the reposition of church-as-institution to church-as-movement amongst Reggie and pastors Jordan Rimmer and Chris Thomas. Anyone who dreams of a more impactful church will resonate with these discussions.
16:03
July 21, 2021
Changing the Scorecard
In this podcast, Reggie makes the case that the current church scorecard (what it celebrates) reinforces a church-centric ministry agenda and expression. A kingdom-centric approach demands a different scorecard. Reggie offers some practical advice for reallocating church resources to support a kingdom agenda. This podcast is the audio portion of a series of ten videoed conversations called the “Future Church Symposium,” a discussion on the reposition of church-as-institution to church-as-movement amongst Reggie and pastors Jordan Rimmer and Chris Thomas. Anyone who dreams of a more impactful church will resonate with these discussions.
13:51
July 14, 2021
Changing the Story
The initial element for changing church culture is changing the story that the church is telling and living out.  A church-centric narrative contends that if we build great churches – serving as vendors of religious goods and services – we will usher in the kingdom.  In this podcast, Reggie debunks this notion and offers suggestions for shifting the narrative to a kingdom-centric story.  This podcast is the audio portion of a series of ten videoed conversations called the “Future Church Symposium,” a discussion on the reposition of church-as-institution to church-as-movement amongst Reggie and pastors Jordan Rimmer and Chris Thomas. Anyone who dreams of a more impactful church will resonate with these discussions.
13:60
July 07, 2021
A Shift in Church Culture
Reggie contends that nothing short of a shift in church culture will bring the church back into missional alignment with God’s kingdom agenda. In this conversation, he identifies the three elements of culture shift that must be addressed: story, scorecard, and stewardship. This podcast is the audio portion of a series of ten videoed conversations called the “Future Church Symposium,” a discussion on the reposition of church-as-institution to church-as-movement amongst Reggie and pastors Jordan Rimmer and Chris Thomas. Anyone who dreams of a more impactful church will resonate with these discussions.
10:00
June 30, 2021
COVID-19, the Kingdom, and the Church
God didn’t create the pandemic, but he certainly has used it to bring the church back into engagement with his primary mission of the kingdom. This observation and commentary provide the launch point for this episode’s conversation calling the church back to missional alignment. This podcast is the audio portion of a series of ten videoed conversations called the “Future Church Symposium,” a discussion on the reposition of church-as-institution to church-as-movement amongst Reggie and pastors Jordan Rimmer and Chris Thomas. Anyone who dreams of a more impactful church will resonate with these discussions.
20:54
June 23, 2021
The 4th Information Revolution and the Church
Earlier this year, Reggie sat down with pastors Jordan Rimmer and Chris Thomas for a series of ten videoed conversations called the “Future Church Symposium.” This podcast series is the audio portion of these conversations. All are designed to help church-as-institution reposition itself as church-as-movement. Anyone who dreams of a more impactful church will resonate with these discussions. In this podcast, Reggie discusses the impact of the digital revolution on the spiritual landscape of the culture and highlights some implications for post-congregational church expression as a response.
16:37
June 16, 2021
See[K]ing the Kingdom with Natalie Royer
The Church of God (Anderson, IN) is a worldwide movement with presence in over 90 countries. Natalie Royer serves as the Chief of Staff for this organization, responsible for resourcing its leaders, congregations, and ministries. The interview focuses on the C4 initiative she has helped to shape, coaching church leaders into how to come out and play in their communities, fulfilling their role as kingdom leaders.
27:21
June 09, 2021
See[K]ing the Kingdom with Melanie Barton
For almost two decades, Melanie has served in South Carolina state government as a leader in educational research and policy. Her current position is Senior Advisor for Education in the Governor’s Office, where everyday she fields phone calls and emails from various constituencies while helping to formulate policy and initiatives to improve the education opportunities for her state’s children. Through her conversation with Reggie, we learn that she sees her role as a kingdom assignment and opportunity.
27:05
June 02, 2021
See[K]ing the Kingdom with Julia Attalla
As director of Fuller Seminary’s Professional Doctoral Studies (including the DMin program), Julia has a unique perspective on the leadership needs and development opportunities of spiritual leaders. In this wide-ranging interview Reggie talks with Julia about the challenges of shifting training of ministers from a church-centric to a kingdom-centric approach.
24:45
May 26, 2021
See[K]ing the Kingdom with Jeremy Pietrocini
Jeremy serves as a Senior Consultant with the Gallup Organization. In his role he connects with large corporations (like Fortune 1000 companies) to help them develop workplaces where workers report high engagement and satisfaction with their jobs and places of employment. You can hear more about this in the interview, plus how Jeremy views his role as a kingdom agent.
27:10
May 19, 2021
See[K]ing the Kingdom with Tracey Beal
Faith leaders who want community access and engagement need look no further than the local school. In this interview, Reggie traces the remarkable story of SchoolConnect with its founder and executive director Tracey Beal. Learn how this initiative has grown from serving one school to touching half the schools in Arizona and into five other cities nationwide.
40:27
May 12, 2021
See[K]ing the Kingdom with Tim Hallman
Tim Hallman’s unique role as Director of Christian Emphasis at the YMCA of Fort Wayne, Indiana gives him a city-wide perspective of kingdom sightings. This Y touches 1 out of 5 people in the community with its engagement through 14 locations. Tim is working to make sure that this position of community influence is turning into kingdom advancement.
28:38
May 05, 2021
See[K]ing the Kingdom with Lance Finley
In his role as the Executive Director of the Churches of God General Conference, Lance sets the tone and agenda of the hundreds of congregations in this world-wide movement. Reggie explores with Lance where he sees evidence of the kingdom of God breaking out and into our world. The conversation is chocked full of leadership insights.
26:27
April 28, 2021
Tips for Leading a Kingdom Movement
The kingdom of God is a movement. It represents God’s commitment to our experiencing the life he intends for us. It impacts every sector of society and domain of human endeavor. All of us who are Jesus-followers are commissioned to lead in the kingdom movement, to live as viral kingdom agents where we live, play, work, go to school - wherever we hang out. This episode offers some practical advice for living up to this challenge and opportunity.
30:43
April 21, 2021
The Kingdom Saga: A Compelling Storyline
In this episode, we discuss some of the elements that make the kingdom saga compelling enough to change our lives. Reggie helps us understand that the kingdom of God is primarily a mission, not just a message. The discussion encourages us that the kingdom is unfolding just fine and that we are living in the biggest story in the universe.
24:13
April 14, 2021
Moving from Church-Centric to Kingdom-Centric Perspective
Reggie contends that this shift of perspective is like unto the shift from a Ptolemaic universe (earth-centric) to a Copernican understanding (helio-centric). The center of gravity shifts; the points of reference undergo substantial revision. In this episode, Reggie details some signs of church-centric thinking, offers some kingdom correctives, then identifies the three shifts that are essential in bringing the church culture into alignment with God’s mission.
25:47
April 07, 2021
Church as Children of Blessing with Leanne Hadley
Jesus told us we need to become like children to enter the kingdom of heaven. If we hold the prevalent idea that children are “someday” going to grow up to understand God and spiritual things, that makes no sense.  If, however, you are a child in Leanne’s ministry constellation, you are already a full participant in what God is up to in his kingdom. “Someday” is now!
27:13
March 24, 2021
Church as School Partner with Gary Gaddini
Listen to this remarkable story of how one group of Jesus-followers figured out how to serve their community in northern California, a place not known for its hospitality toward the church. It all started with one act of kindness in one middle school.  Pastor Gary Gaddini narrates the story—packed full of kingdom insights—and tells how God is at work to bring people closer to him.
31:39
March 17, 2021
Church as Community Development with Andre Alexander
Getting locked out of the church proved to be a pivotal moment for this pastor.  He’s been out in the community ever since.  Andre Alexander is working in St. Louis to build a better community – fixing up buildings, helping people gain home ownership and creating a community center that brings several sectors together (technology, health care, education, etc.).  He evidences some key elements of leaders who are kingdom collaborators.
30:26
March 10, 2021
Church as Tangible Hope with Godfrey Hubert
“Hope” is the operative word and kingdom gift of the work of the CyHope foundation and HopeDisasterRecovery.  Godfrey Hubert takes us on a journey of the birth of these ministries in the northwest part of Houston TX.  You’ll be astounded at the scale of help that is being delivered to people who face scarcity day-to-day as well as those who are visited by disaster.
34:02
March 03, 2021
Church as Restaurant with Larry Stoess
In this episode we visit with Larry Stoess, who planted a restaurant with a church inside of it in the historic Portland community in Louisville KY.  Find out how The Table Café is serving food but so much more . . . and get a heads-up on the new Promise Housing Plus project that is helping to fight gentrification threatening to push people out of the community.
27:56
February 24, 2021
The Kingdom and You
We all have a desire to experience our life as God intends. This hope characterizes humanity’s belief that something better exists than what we are now experiencing. So, how exactly do we get there? How do we become viral kingdom agents on our search for our purpose on Earth? This episode will help position us all for this powerful and purposeful journey.
25:16
February 17, 2021
The Kingdom and the Church
Controversial opinion: Jesus didn’t come to establish the church. He came to reveal the kingdom. Jesus established the church with a specific role to play in the kingdom saga: to be the people of God partnering with him in his redemptive mission in the world. The church does not have a mission; the mission has a church. In this podcast episode, we delve into how and why the Western church has become more church-centric as opposed to kingdom-centric and how we can revert back to Jesus’s intentions.
25:52
February 03, 2021
The Kingdom and Jesus
Did you know Jesus reference the “kingdom” over ninety times in the gospels? Jesus was obsessed with the Kingdom of God. It was always used as his point of reference throughout his ministry. He demonstrated its reality and power to realign our life and world with God’s intentions. We discuss the content and character of the kingdom and what Jesus revealed about the kingdom in this podcast episode.
25:34
January 27, 2021
The Kingdom and God’s Mission
We’re kicking off our first podcast series with a discussion on the Kingdom and God’s mission. The kingdom has, and always will be, God’s chief expression of his intended purposes. In this episode, we discuss the eternal link between God and His Kingdom and the biblical and theological basis for connecting life as we know it to God’s Kingdom.
18:12
January 20, 2021
Why "Kingdom Come?"
In this introductory podcast, Reggie McNeal lays out why he thinks a podcast devoted to the kingdom of God is important and instructive for our lives today.  In addition, Reggie shares some insights into Jesus' command to his followers to "seek first the kingdom of God."  He suggests that this pursuit in our lives can help us through troubled times.
26:15
January 15, 2021