Skip to main content
Rich Martin

Rich Martin

By Rich Martin
Conversations with European church builders about all things building local church! Hosted by Rich Martin
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Spotify Logo

Spotify

Daniel Grothe - How he navigated a 'messed up' church experience, his journey of being mentored by Eugene. H Peterson, a look at how sticking in one geographical place is a biblical principle!
Daniel Grothe - How he navigated a 'messed up' church experience, his journey of being mentored by Eugene. H Peterson, a look at how sticking in one geographical place is a biblical principal! I could write loads here.....but its essentially it's a brilliant open and raw conversation where Daniel unpacks all the above topics and more!  Daniel Grothe is the associate senior pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is a pastor, speaker, drummer, and author of Chasing Wisdom and The Power of Place. Daniel and his wife, Lisa, live on a hobby farm outside of Colorado Springs with their three children--Lillian, Wilson, and Wakley. You can find out more about Daniel at www.NewLifeChurch.org, www.DanielGrothe.com, or on social media at @mrdanielgrothe. Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7ORbZlxNwHlI-xpL7Yi9hg?sub_confirmation=1 ** The Rich Martin Podcast ** Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/rich-martin/id1510139697 Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0NT4ausjFsFmiXwaSnVRUZ Other Players: https://anchor.fm/rich-martin ** Other Links ** Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/richmartinuk/ Web: http://richmartin.co.uk Articles: https://linktr.ee/richmartin
42:48
May 13, 2022
Gavin Calver: Redefining Evangelicalism, How he started a micro church in his home, honest insights into raising children of faith...and loads more
In this episode, I speak with Gavin Calver - Gavin is the CEO of the Evangelical Alliance. He has a burning passion to see the church working together to share the Gospel throughout the UK. Formerly the leader of Youth for Christ and chair of Spring Harvest, he’s an ordained evangelist and regular public speaker, and has authored six books.  Gavin talks openly about how Evangelicalism has been heavily defined by the USA and how he sees the term here in the UK and Europe. We also talk all about the church he finds himself planting, in his home with his wife and kids. Commonly known as 'micro church' Gavin explains how it works week to week the highs and lows of this relatively new journey for him and his family! We then also talk about growing up in a Christian home and how Gavin and his wife have intentionally looked at creating a home full of faith where their kids can grow up knowing Jesus.  More information on the Evangelical Alliance can be found here: https://www.eauk.org/ 👉 Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7ORbZlxNwHlI-xpL7Yi9hg?sub_confirmation=1 ** The Rich Martin Podcast **  Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/rich-martin/id1510139697 Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0NT4ausjFsFmiXwaSnVRUZ Other Players: https://anchor.fm/rich-martin ** Other Links ** Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/richmartinuk/ Web: http://richmartin.co.ukArticles: https://linktr.ee/richmartin
45:38
April 07, 2022
Leo Bigger talking all things church: Launching micro church alongside large church, leading a church to reach secular cities in Europe...and much more
In this episode, I get to speak with Ps Leo Bigger of ICF Church, based in Zurich Switzerland (https://www.icf.church/en/) but with ICF church locations throughout Europe. Leo is renowned for his church building over many decades in Europe, his approach is innovative with a heart to reach those who have never heard the message of Jesus. We cover many topics and Leo is upfront and honest about how they have handled the last two years and how they have had to pivot and change to adapt to a changing world. Leo talks about micro church and how they have seen many new churches started in villages and towns throughout Europe, many of whom found ICF through watching them on YouTube. If you're passionate about building local church this will inspire you! 👉 Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7ORbZlxNwHlI-xpL7Yi9hg?sub_confirmation=1 ** The Rich Martin Podcast ** Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/rich-martin/id1510139697 Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0NT4ausjFsFmiXwaSnVRUZ Other Players: https://anchor.fm/rich-martin ** Other Links ** Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/richmartinuk/ Web: http://richmartin.co.ukArticles: https://linktr.ee/richmartin
47:08
January 25, 2022
Trauma Therapy & The Church - Can the two work together? - Betsy De Thierry
This episode is with one of the worlds leading trauma therapy teachers - Betsy De Thierry (https://www.betsytraininguk.co.uk/) who works with many organisations equipping them to deal with the effects of trauma in individuals lives. Betsy also is the senior pastor of a church in the UK called Freedom Centre, based in Bath (https://www.freedomcentreuk.com/). In this episode, Betsy unpacks how the local church is, and can be a great place for people navigating trauma. Her insights and wisdom into this area make this podcast a must-listen for anyone leading in the local church...Here's my promise: "If you don't like it I'll give you your money back ;)"   👉 Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7ORbZlxNwHlI-xpL7Yi9hg?sub_confirmation=1    ** The Rich Martin Podcast ** Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/rich-martin/id1510139697 Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0NT4ausjFsFmiXwaSnVRUZ Other Players: https://anchor.fm/rich-martin  ** Other Links **  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/richmartinuk/ Web: http://richmartin.co.ukArticles:  https://linktr.ee/richmartin
59:13
January 05, 2022
Here's what happened when 3 of us confessed our sins to each other for 30 days - Pete Gardner, Matt Hooper, Rich Martin Episode 24
This episode is an insight into the journey 3 friends took in October 2021 – Matt Hooper, Pete Gardner and Rich Martin. With decades of friendship in the bank, we decided to call each other on a WhatsApp call every day for 30 days and confess our sins to each other. We wanted to see what would happen – we had all read and heard about other people doing something similar, we all had a desire to be more open and transparent but none of us had ever done a 30-day journey like this before. We essentially wanted to see the scripture James 5:16 in action: James 5:16 (NIV) Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. It’s honest, raw, and was really good fun to produce! I hope it helps you in your journey. More info at: www.richmartin.co.uk
37:50
December 20, 2021
Jim McNeish - Leading in ministry whilst leading through your own personal dysfunction
This podcast is with the amazing Jim McNeish (www.neish.co). A world-renowned leadership psychologist who helps leaders in every sphere to think differently. Jim has helped senior politicians and many well-known church leaders navigate through tough times and in this podcast he unpacks how you can lead whilst still dealing with your own dysfunction. 👉 Subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7ORbZlxNwHlI-xpL7Yi9hg?sub_confirmation=1  ** The Rich Martin Podcast ** Listen on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/rich-martin/id1510139697 Listen on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0NT4ausjFsFmiXwaSnVRUZ Other Players: https://anchor.fm/rich-martin ** Other Links ** Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/richmartinuk/ Web: http://richmartin.co.uk Articles: https://linktr.ee/richmartin
52:00
November 07, 2021
How to navigate ministry and life transitions well - Pete Greig
In this podcast, I get to speak with Pete Greig all about transitions in ministry and in life. Pete is a best-selling author, pastor and bewildered instigator of the 24-7 Prayer movement which has reached more than half the nations on earth. He is also the Senior Pastor of Emmaus Rd, Guildford, England, an Ambassador for the NGO Tearfund, and teaches at St Mellitus Theological College in London.
42:50
August 12, 2021
How does the church in Europe develop more in the prophetic? - Dr Sharon Stone
Dr. Sharon Stone has pioneered Christian International in Europe over 24 years. She is referred to affectionately as “Europe’s Prophet”. In this podcast, we talk all about the church in Europe and how it can grow more in the prophetic. Dr Sharon shares her thoughts from the role of a prophet to the difference of a prophet and prophecy - She is one of the most humble, kind and generous people...Enjoy!
51:03
July 07, 2021
When planting a church and it doesn't go to plan...what do you do? Ben & Bec Donovan
This podcast is a very honest and insightful look into the journey of two church planters, Ben and Bec Donovan who planted a church in Manchester UK. There journey of launching a church and it not working is told with great authenticity. They open up about what they would do different and advice they would give church planters before they plant! A brilliant insight.
01:07:57
June 29, 2021
How an epidemic of loneliness is contributing to social disconnection in churches - Simon Gibbes
In this podcast, I speak with Simon Gibbes about his research into the epidemic in the world of loneliness and its effects on the church. Simon has spent many years pastoring in the UK with Hillsong and has since gone on to study with Regents Theological College in London. This conversation is based around his final dissertation - Simon's insights and proactive approach to his findings make this a fascinating conversation and one which anyone building church would benefit from listening to! Note on our incredible sponsor, Compassion!  To make the podcast happen and play regularly I have partnered with Compassion UK! The most inspiring NGO…the start of the podcast says more so listen to the first few mins! A little note, for those texting please be aware:  Texts cost your standard network text charge – alternatively text COFFEE to 07975 008244 if your mobile doesn’t allow shortcodes. We’ll send you a confirmation by text and follow up with a call within a few days. For more information about how Compassion process your personal information, visit www.compassionuk.org/privacy.
01:01:59
June 16, 2021
There's a New 'V' in town - Rich Martin
So this is a bonus episode with myself (woop), and is based on a staff training session I did for a UK church. Over the last 12 months, I've had the thought regarding 'Vision Driven' churches or ministries and how they are having to move to a new 'V' - Values. It's a 20min unpacking of a thought and the video version is on YouTube (search Rich Martin podcast)  I hope you enjoy it!
21:56
June 10, 2021
Leading a church with family values - Mike Pilavachi
In this podcast, I have a great conversation with Mike Pilavachi, co-lead Pastor of Soul Survivor Watford UK, a church of over 1200 people. He talks about how he has built a church with a family, not a business mindset. He talks openly and honestly about the challenges and wins of this way of building and how it's taken many decades of trial and error (cue lots of stories!). His wisdom and insight are inspirational and it's a conversation I loved, so I'm hoping you do too! More information about Mike and Soul Survivor can be found at: www.soulsurvivorwatford.co.uk
59:49
May 10, 2021
Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd and Teacher - Has the church understood these correctly? - Alan Hirsch
In this podcast, I get to have a conversation with Alan Hirsch all about Ephesians 4 and the understanding of the roles of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd and Teacher (APEST). Alan is known for his innovative approach to mission and is widely considered to be a thought leader and key mission strategist for churches across the western world. He has spent decades looking in-depth at Ephesians 4 and has written an incredible book called 5Q (https://www.alanhirsch.org/books) where he unpacks his findings. This conversation looks at his book and is a fascinating exploration of how the church has been given the tools to see Gods kingdom come and the job we now have is understanding how to unlock and use them. Whatever your previous thoughts about the role of APEST and how they function, this conversation with Alan will encourage you to look again and see the power of the gifts of APEST in new ways! More information about Alan can be found on his website: www.alanhirsch.org
54:22
April 30, 2021
How to make tough leadership calls and still be kind - Justin Dowds, Compassion UK CEO
In this podcast, I get to speak with Justin Dowds who is the CEO of Compassion UK. Justin is very open and honest about his role as a CEO and how he makes tough decisions. Justin also shares insights into how he works with his team to create a healthy workplace culture. Justin opens up about how he structures his Mondays and how he has a solid work-life balance! A brilliant conversation for anyone interested in leadership in any sphere of life! Note on our incredible sponsor, Compassion! To make the podcast happen and play regularly I have partnered with Compassion UK! The most inspiring NGO…the start of the podcast says more so listen to the first few mins! A little note, for those texting please be aware: Texts cost your standard network text charge – alternatively text COFFEE to 07975 008244 if your mobile doesn’t allow shortcodes. We’ll send you a confirmation by text and follow up with a call within a few days. For more information about how Compassion process your personal information, visit www.compassionuk.org/privacy.
57:39
April 19, 2021
Can a worship leader also lead a fresh new church plant? Matt Hooper
Matt Hooper gives his insight into his journey of being a worship leader and also leading a new start-up church in the UK. His wisdom and years of understanding give great insider thinking when it comes to the role of worship in church and also his thoughts on leadership! Matt leads Kingdom Company (https://kingdomcompany.co/) along with his wife Clare Hooper, a new start-up church based in the heart of Manchester, UK. Note on our incredible sponsor, Compassion! To make the podcast happen and play regularly I have partnered with Compassion UK! The most inspiring NGO…the start of the podcast says more so listen to the first few mins! A little note, for those texting please be aware: Texts cost your standard network text charge – alternatively text COFFEE to 07975 008244 if your mobile doesn’t allow shortcodes. We’ll send you a confirmation by text and follow up with a call within a few days. For more information about how Compassion process your personal information, visit www.compassionuk.org/privacy.
47:49
April 13, 2021
Les Moir - Worship in Europe, where's it been and where's it going? BONUS EPISODE
In this BONUS EPISODE podcast, we get to hear from Les Moir who is the Executive Manager for the Word & Worship Trust, which aims to see the songs & sounds of the nations released. Les has played a significant role in the international contemporary worship music community and is the man behind the scenes who has helped shape much of what we sing and hear in a worship context around Europe. Les shares his heart and some great stories...so if you're a worshipper or help lead worship I hope this is a blessing to your world! More about Les can be found at: https://lesmoir.com/
52:52
March 30, 2021
Does Evangelism need reinventing? - Mark Ritchie
In this podcast... I get to speak to one of the UK's best and known Evangelists Mark Ritchie. We talk all things local church and Evangelism...does it need reinventing? You will hear Mark share his heart for the role of an Evangelist in the local church and how he sees it working! Note on our incredible sponsor, Compassion! To make the podcast happen and play regularly I have partnered with Compassion UK! The most inspiring NGO...the start of the podcast says more so listen to the first few mins! A little note, for those texting please be aware: Texts cost your standard network text charge – alternatively text COFFEE to 07975 008244 if your mobile doesn’t allow shortcodes. We’ll send you a confirmation by text and follow up with a call within a few days. For more information about how Compassion process your personal information, visit www.compassionuk.org/privacy.
44:07
March 26, 2021
Anthony Delaney - Mega Church, Missional Church and Micro Church, which one works?
In this podcast... Anthony unpacks in a raw and honest way the journey he has been on from building a 'Mega Church' model to where he now finds his churches in more a micro church model. His insight and findings are thought-provoking and his way of talking church building methods is inspiring! I LOVED chatting to him and I know you will love listening. A bit about Anthony... Anthony is married to Zoe, and have three grown up kids and 4 grand kids. He was a police officer in the centre of Manchester for ten years before going into church leadership in various places around the nation. Anthony leads Ivy Church; they have become a network of churches meeting in various places including a nightclub, an arts centre, a warehouse, a sports centre and even a church building ;) Anthony teaches for Westminster Theological Centre and has twice been ‘highly commended’ by Chester University’s External Examiner. Anthony also leads for NewThing recruiting, encouraging and training leaders of reproducing churches as part of a dream to plant 10,000 new churches across the globe. His books and resources now published worldwide aim to help people find their way back to God and live life to the full. Note on our incredible sponsor, Compassion! To make the podcast happen and play regularly I have partnered with Compassion UK! The most inspiring NGO...the start of the podcast says more so listen to the first few mins! A little note, for those texting please be aware: Texts cost your standard network text charge – alternatively text COFFEE to 07975 008244 if your mobile doesn’t allow shortcodes. We’ll send you a confirmation by text and follow up with a call within a few days. For more information about how Compassion process your personal information, visit www.compassionuk.org/privacy.
53:22
March 11, 2021
Thinking outside the box, leading creatively in church - Clare Hooper & Paul Martin
Clare and Paul have been working in the church creative space for a long time. Paul has spent 9 years with Hillsong Worship and now oversees all digital business for Integrity Music worldwide and Clare has spent 20 years using her creative gifts to build the local church in the UK. They have some seriously good stuff to say. From how to think creatively in church settings to making ideas happen within a team this podcast will help anyone who's church building world involves the creative space (which I would argue is everyone ;) Note on our incredible sponsor! To make the podcast happen and play regularly I have partnered with Compassion UK! The most inspiring NGO...the start of the podcast says more so listen to the first few mins! A little note, for those texting please be aware: Texts cost your standard network text charge – alternatively text COFFEE to 07975 008244 if your mobile doesn’t allow shortcodes. We’ll send you a confirmation by text and follow up with a call within a few days. For more information about how Compassion process your personal information, visit www.compassionuk.org/privacy.
51:31
February 26, 2021
Andy Hawthorne - 30+ years of ministry learns (all in 50mins!)
Andy Hawthorne is the real deal! On this episode, he unpacks his 30+ years of ministry of reaching some of Europes most poor people groups with the good news! His raw, authentic approach to reaching people is inspiring and one of the best interviews I've done. It will challenge and inspire you so buckle up for episode 9! Note on our incredible sponsor! To make the podcast happen and play regularly I have partnered with Compassion UK! The most inspiring NGO...the start of the podcast says more so listen to the first 7mins! A little note, for those texting please be aware: Texts cost your standard network text charge – alternatively text COFFEE to 07975 008244 if your mobile doesn’t allow shortcodes. We’ll send you a confirmation by text and follow up with a call within a few days. For more information about how Compassion process your personal information, visit www.compassionuk.org/privacy.
49:36
February 15, 2021
Artificial Intelligence & Ministry, are they compatible? - Mike Bugembe, world leading data scientist
Mike is a world leading data scientist and in this episode speaks about the future of church and artificial intelligence...a great conversation and one that makes you think about the future.
45:01
May 19, 2020
Planting churches in European cities - Dom & Renke German Pastors
Dom and Renke are best friends who run churches in Germany in different cities. They talk openly and honestly about their journey and learns from the past 5 years of church planting.
42:51
May 19, 2020
A fresh new approach to discipleship in the European church - Arianna Walker, CEO Mercy UK
A conversation all about church discipleship and how a tool developed at Mercy has helped 1000s of people in their walk towards freedom in Christ.
47:42
May 19, 2020
A Behind the scenes look at raising finance for a church building programme! - Jon Norman, Lead Pastor Soul Church UK
Jon has taken on a church in Norwich UK and now finds himself at the heart of raising millions of pounds to build a new building! His insight and leadership wisdom is inspiring - this is a raw and honest episode.
35:54
May 19, 2020
20 keys to building volunteer teams in your church - Rich Martin, Pastor LIFE Church England
Taken from a session, I did for an online church conference, this episode un packs some easy wins when working with volunteer teams!
46:29
May 19, 2020
Church buildings...are they important or needed? - Dave Niblock, LIFE Church UK, Pastor
Dave talks openly about some wins of buildings he’s used and some of the pitfalls. He’s got a great take on the journey he’s been on from renting buildings to being in a permanent one! He also throws in lots of church building leadership insight.
43:36
May 19, 2020
Marketing and Church, insights from church marketing gurus - Peter and Josh from Digital Church Tool Kit
Peter and Josh talk about how churches can improve their marketing and where to start! These guys are the real deal, love Jesus and are passionate about churches improving in their ability to let people know about Jesus!
38:10
May 19, 2020
Embrace and enjoy being number two, leading as the 2nd in charge - Steve Mawston, SOUL Church UK
Steve talks openly about the journey of being 2nd in charge, from his time in Hillsong Australia to serving here in the UK. Steve has a brilliant take and excellent wisdom on leading as the 2nd in charge.
32:14
May 18, 2020