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Small Church Leadership

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A podcast designed to help those involved in leading the small church in America. The episodes are designed to be practical and encouraging.
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Ep 84: We're Changing the Podcast!
Ep 84: We're Changing the Podcast!
In this episode the guys share some frustrations that they've been feeling with the podcast and how they're planning on dealing with it.  The Small Church Leadership Podcast is changing for the better!
28:38
July 25, 2022
Ep 83: Why God Why?
Ep 83: Why God Why?
Where is God at during tragedy? Why did He allow it to happen? How do you process it? In this episode the guys unpack some heavy soul tensions. This episode may leave you with more questions than answers. Hop into the tension and join the conversation!
42:33
July 18, 2022
Ep 82: Leadership Pain Book Review
Ep 82: Leadership Pain Book Review
One of the hardest truths about leadership is the fact that pain is part of the job. Some of the pain is self inflicted. Other pain comes from the actions of others. What is a leader to do when a season of pain comes? In this episode Joey shares some insights he's learned along the way and some principles from the book Leadership Pain by Dr. Samuel R. Chand.
40:36
July 11, 2022
Ep 81: Make Noise Book Review
Ep 81: Make Noise Book Review
Communication is a major part of a small church leader's life. Whether it's a sermon, a small group, or a staff meeting we all find ourselves sharing ideas and concepts with those in our ministries. In this episode Brian shares some communication insights he's learned from the book Make Noise by Eric Nuzum.
41:30
July 04, 2022
Ep 80: Atomic Habits Book Review
Ep 80: Atomic Habits Book Review
Everybody has habits. Some habits are good. Others are bad.  In this episode Kolbi shares how the book Atomic Habits by James Clear has helped him to lose 67 lbs, develop as a leader, and flourish as a man of God. There's also some boos and hisses from Brian and Joey as they fill out the Peanut Gallery!
38:18
June 27, 2022
Ep 79: Lessons Learned
Ep 79: Lessons Learned
In this episode the guys share some lessons they've learned along the way as pastors.
39:40
June 20, 2022
Ep 78: Dealing with Conflict in Your Marriage
Ep 78: Dealing with Conflict in Your Marriage
In this episode the guys talk about dealing with conflict in your marriage in an emotionally healthy way.
42:24
June 13, 2022
Ep 77: Church Security & Emergency Ministry
Ep 77: Church Security & Emergency Ministry
Security and emergency preparedness is a vital, but overlooked ministry in the local church. In this episode the guys share how to approach various security issues and build systems to serve the church in that way.
46:08
June 06, 2022
Ep 76: The Leader's Spiritual Health
Ep 76: The Leader's Spiritual Health
Your spiritual health matters. As a leader it's important that you take time to have a strong relationship with Jesus. In this episode the guys share some struggles they've had when it comes to maintaining a healthy spiritual life as a pastor. They also share what they've found to be helpful along the way.
41:59
May 30, 2022
Ep 75: Mental & Emotional Health in Ministry
Ep 75: Mental & Emotional Health in Ministry
Ministry is mentally & emotionally draining. In this episode the guys talk about some struggles they've had and how God has helped them work through them. Your mental health matters and we want to encourage you and help you along the journey.
43:32
May 16, 2022
Ep 74: Your Physical Health Matters!
Ep 74: Your Physical Health Matters!
One of the easiest things for leaders to neglect is their physical health. Sadly, that neglect can result in us short circuiting our impact in ministry. In this episode the guys talk about their ups and downs in their physical fitness lives and give some tips that have helped them.
49:00
May 09, 2022
Ep 73: How to Plan a Preaching Calendar
Ep 73: How to Plan a Preaching Calendar
Preaching is a vital part of the ministry in the local church. As preachers we've been charged with feeding the souls of our church. In this episode the guys talk about how a preaching calendar helps in their small church contexts. 
45:48
May 02, 2022
Ep 72: Topical Preaching vs Expository Preaching
Ep 72: Topical Preaching vs Expository Preaching
Preaching happens every week in the church. What is the best way to approach the preaching ministry of your church? For many preachers topical sermons are the key to reaching people for Jesus. Others say that verse-by-verse preaching is the only way to go. In this episode the guys talk about the benefits and drawbacks of both types of preaching and maybe even get a little heated! Connect with the guys on Facebook here:
48:50
April 25, 2022
Ep 71: Ministry is Driving Me Crazy
Ep 71: Ministry is Driving Me Crazy
Ministry is one of the greatest joys in life and one of the greatest sources of stress. Leading in the church can wear on a leader's mental health. Sadly we've seen far too many casualties of ministry. In this episode the guys talk about things they've done to help them work through the mental and emotional difficulties in small church leadership. This episode is a must-listen! Connect with the guys on Facebook here:
41:58
April 18, 2022
Ep 70: Don't Go Broke Doing Ministry
Ep 70: Don't Go Broke Doing Ministry
Financial stress takes a toll on everyone. Small church leaders face this tension constantly. Far too many times we overspend our personal money in order to make ministry happen. We get it. In this episode the guys talk about the stress points that finances have on small church leaders and give some practical advice on how to navigate budget cuts, salary cuts, and more as small church leaders. Connect with the guys on Facebook here
43:18
April 11, 2022
Ep 69: Help! Ministry is Killing My Marriage!
Ep 69: Help! Ministry is Killing My Marriage!
Ministry is one of the most stressful things any one can do. Sadly, that stress can often seep into our marriages and wreak havoc. In this episode the guys talk about how to deal with the ministry stress points in our marriages. This episode is a must listen for you if you need help setting realistic expectations and healthy boundaries with your church.  Connect with the SCL team on Facebook here.
37:52
April 04, 2022
Ep 68: Navigating Ministry Hurt
Ep 68: Navigating Ministry Hurt
Ministry has some of the highest highs and the lowest lows. It's vitally important to make sure that we are navigating ministry hurt properly. In this episode the guys share some ministry hurts they've experienced and talk about some ways to process pain in a healthy way.
29:32
March 28, 2022
Ep 67: 6 Core Truths of a Healthy Culture
Ep 67: 6 Core Truths of a Healthy Culture
Culture is vital to the success of your ministry. A healthy culture doesn't happen on accident. In this episode the guys talk about 6 core truths of a healthy culture. 
44:38
March 21, 2022
Ep 66: The Easter Checklist
Ep 66: The Easter Checklist
Easter is right around the corner. It's a great time for churches to capitalize on their invite strategy.  In this episode the guys talk about the Easter wave and what items need to be on your checklist as a small church leader.
49:15
March 14, 2022
Ep 65: Four Keys to Developing the Leaders Around You
Ep 65: Four Keys to Developing the Leaders Around You
How do you develop leaders in a small church?  What are you supposed to look for? How does your own leadership impact the team? In this episode the guys talk about all these questions and more. 
36:32
March 07, 2022
Ep 64: Your Pre-Sabbatical Checklist
Ep 64: Your Pre-Sabbatical Checklist
Attention Small Church Leader: Your health matters! One of the most valuable ways that you can invest in your health is by taking a sabbatical. Every 5-7 years it's recommended to take extended time away from ministry demands to replenish your tanks. In this episode the guys give you a checklist to look at as you plan your sabbatical. You can connect with Small Church Leadership on Facebook here
40:54
February 28, 2022
Ep 63: Developing The Leaders Around You
Ep 63: Developing The Leaders Around You
Having a team of leaders is a blessing to any small church. Unfortunately we've all had moments where we've sabotaged other leaders around us. In this episode the guys talk about the things that cause us to hinder developing other leaders around us. They also give a few principles to help grow a team of leaders for your small church. Find Small Church Leadership on Facebook here
33:23
February 21, 2022
Ep 62: Are You an Insecure Leader?
Ep 62: Are You an Insecure Leader?
Insecurity is the downfall of many leaders. We all have some insecurity that we are wrestling with on some level. In this episode the guys talk about various leadership insecurities and how they've dealt with them. This episode is full of transparency. Check it out! Connect with the guys here!
33:60
February 14, 2022
Ep 61: What are you Hopeful for in 2022?
Ep 61: What are you Hopeful for in 2022?
Hope is one of the most powerful forces known to man. Hopelessness is equally powerful, but comes with a hefty price. In this episode the guys talk about the things that are bringing discouragement and hope to them as small church leaders in 2022. Connect with the guys on Facebook here!
34:16
February 07, 2022
Ep 60: 13 Signs You're An Angry Pastor
Ep 60: 13 Signs You're An Angry Pastor
Anger is something that each of us experiences from time to time. However if we're not careful anger can become our default emotional response in ministry. As small church leaders it's critically important that we regularly take an emotional inventory to see whether or not we're becoming angry pastors and leaders. In this episode the guys talk about an article entitled "13 Signs You're An Angry Pastor." Connect with the guys here!
53:11
January 31, 2022
Ep 59: 10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me 25 Years Ago
Ep 59: 10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me 25 Years Ago
Ministry comes with a set of lessons that we learn along the way. In this episode the guys share some things from an article entitled: 10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me 25 Years Ago. 
45:26
January 24, 2022
Ep 58: Our One Word for 2022
Ep 58: Our One Word for 2022
Having a target is important in leadership. A target helps to guard you from aiming at the wrong things and guide you to an intended goal. One helpful tool to do that is by having one word that you focus on as a goal. That one word operates as a true north for all that you're trying to accomplish in that year or season of life. In this episode the guys talk about their one word for 2022 and their hopes and apprehensions with it. 
31:50
January 17, 2022
Ep 57: Casting Vision in Your Church
Ep 57: Casting Vision in Your Church
Vision is immensely important in any organization. In this episode the guys share some helpful tips about casting vision in your church. 
51:26
January 03, 2022
Ep 56: The Encouragement Extravaganza
Ep 56: The Encouragement Extravaganza
This season of ministry has been difficult for every pastor and church. COVID-19 has impacted everything that we do. Over this season we've experienced many highs and lows. In this episode the guys talk about the challenges that pastors have been facing and do their best to offer some helpful encouragement along the way.
38:18
December 27, 2021
Ep 55: The One-Word Recap
Ep 55: The One-Word Recap
Every year the guys focus on one word as a theme for their personal lives. In this episode they share how that one word has been shown over 2021 and they look ahead towards what 2022 may have to offer.
32:16
December 20, 2021
Ep 54: Our Personal Leadership Gameplan
Ep 54: Our Personal Leadership Gameplan
We've all heard the saying "if you fail to plan then you plan to fail." In this episode the guys talk about their personal leadership growth plan. They share the things that are working and the things that are not working as well and offer some encouragement along the way.
39:28
December 13, 2021
Ep 53: Sermon Life-Hacks
Ep 53: Sermon Life-Hacks
Preaching is a big part of the weekly ministries of any church. Sunday comes around every 7 days and with it the responsibility of leading God's people through the Word.  In this episode the guys share some sermon life-hacks they've developed over the years to help make the sermon-writing process a little easier along the way.
41:32
December 06, 2021
Ep 52: Finding Contentment in Ministry
Ep 52: Finding Contentment in Ministry
Contentment can be elusive in life. It can be especially elusive to the small church leader. In this episode the guys answer some hard questions about contentment in ministry. They also share places where they have missed contentment as small church leaders. 
38:24
November 01, 2021
Ep 51: Dealing with a Lack of Resources
Ep 51: Dealing with a Lack of Resources
Every small church leader has dealt with a lack of resources at one point or another. In this episode the guys talk about how they've worked with and around the lack of resources over the course of their ministries. 
36:31
October 25, 2021
Ep 50: Special Episode Recap
Ep 50: Special Episode Recap
In this episode the guys discuss some of their favorite episodes from the previous year. It's a celebration as they look back to what God has done and they look ahead at the next season of the Small Church Leadership Podcast.
33:14
October 18, 2021
Ep 49: Time Management
Ep 49: Time Management
Time management is a struggle for most small church leaders. In this episode the guys talk about some of the things they've done to help get a better handle on their schedule. This episode will help you wherever you are to make the most of your time. 
38:12
October 04, 2021
Ep 48: Dealing with Discouragement
Ep 48: Dealing with Discouragement
Discouragement is a constant presence in the life of a small church leader. In this episode the guys talk about some of the different discouraging situations they've faced and how they've processed them. 
35:18
September 27, 2021
Ep 47: The Sabbatical Recap
Ep 47: The Sabbatical Recap
This summer Joey and Kolbi both took some time away on sabbaticals. In this episode the they unpack what happened during that time. They also share what they wish they had done to make their sabbatical time more productive. They both had some powerful encounters with God and show how every small church leader can have their own encounter during a time of sabbatical. 
36:32
September 20, 2021
Ep 46: The Pastor's Prayer Life
Ep 46: The Pastor's Prayer Life
In this episode the guys talk about prayer and how it has challenged, convicted, and changed them as pastors.
30:07
August 30, 2021
Ep 45: The Spiritual Discipline of Journaling
Ep 45: The Spiritual Discipline of Journaling
In this episode the guys talk about the benefit of journaling.
31:18
August 23, 2021
Ep 44: The Expectations the Pastor has for the Church
Ep 44: The Expectations the Pastor has for the Church
In this episode the guys talk about what expectations pastors bring to churches and how they've dealt with them over the years.
27:57
August 16, 2021
Ep 43: Dealing with Expectations as a Pastor
Ep 43: Dealing with Expectations as a Pastor
The guys talk about the various expectations that come with being a pastor and how they have dealt with them.
27:58
August 09, 2021
Ep 42: Book Review - Grasping God's Word
Ep 42: Book Review - Grasping God's Word
In this episode Brian takes the lead and talks about the book Grasping God's Word. The guys discuss Bible interpretation and how important that is in the life of a leader. 
24:52
August 02, 2021
Ep 41: Book Review - Celebration of Discipline
Ep 41: Book Review - Celebration of Discipline
In this episode Joey takes the reins and talks about the book Celebration of Discipline. The guys talk about what it means to have spiritual disciplines in the life of a leader. 
27:38
July 26, 2021
Ep 40: Book Review - Soundtracks by Jon Acuff
Ep 40: Book Review - Soundtracks by Jon Acuff
In this episode the guys discuss the book Soundtracks by Jon Acuff. This book has had a huge impact on Kolbi and he shares the things that changed the game for him. 
26:43
July 19, 2021
Ep 39: More Strategy Ideas for the Fall Growth Wave
Ep 39: More Strategy Ideas for the Fall Growth Wave
The guys talk about Internet promotion and marketing and some other creative ideas for the fall growth strategy wave.
52:55
July 12, 2021
Ep 38: A Strategy to Reach More People this Fall
Ep 38: A Strategy to Reach More People this Fall
The guys talk about the things small churches need to do for a successful fall growth wave strategy.
43:44
July 05, 2021
Ep 37: 3 Practical Ways to Refill Your Emotional, Mental, Spiritual Tank
Ep 37: 3 Practical Ways to Refill Your Emotional, Mental, Spiritual Tank
In this episode the guys talk about the importance of regular Sabbath, regular planning retreats, and Sabbaticals. 
55:58
June 28, 2021
Ep 36: If You Need Help Get Help
Ep 36: If You Need Help Get Help
The Guys talk about how important it is to find help whenever you are struggling mentally and emotionally. It's okay to not be okay, but it's not okay to stay not okay!
43:37
June 21, 2021
Ep 35: Pastors and Depression
Ep 35: Pastors and Depression
The guys talk about how serious depression is in the life of small church leaders and some steps to help process it along the way.
46:45
June 14, 2021
Ep 34: Don't Take Criticism Personally
Ep 34: Don't Take Criticism Personally
The guys talk about the pain that accompanies criticism and how they deal with it.
37:10
June 07, 2021
Ep 33: Handling Criticism Without Becoming Critical
Ep 33: Handling Criticism Without Becoming Critical
The guys talk about the pain of criticism and how they have learned to deal with the criticism that comes along with being a small church leader.
34:02
May 31, 2021
Ep 32: You're Not as Good as You Think You Are...You're Not as Bad as You Think You Are Either!
Ep 32: You're Not as Good as You Think You Are...You're Not as Bad as You Think You Are Either!
The guys talk about having a correct self-image as a pastor and what to do if you're out of whack.
33:25
May 24, 2021
Ep 31: Some People Just Won't Follow You
Ep 31: Some People Just Won't Follow You
In this episode the guys talk about the reality that some people will never follow you as a leader
33:32
May 17, 2021
Ep 30: It Takes Longer Than Expected
Ep 30: It Takes Longer Than Expected
The guys talk about the long haul of ministry.
32:43
May 10, 2021
Ep 29: Ministry is TOUGH
Ep 29: Ministry is TOUGH
The guys talk about how tough ministry is and maybe gripe just a bit ;)
33:41
May 03, 2021
Ep 28: Tough Lessons 2 - Constant Growth Isn't Real
Ep 28: Tough Lessons 2 - Constant Growth Isn't Real
The guys talk about the challenges of trying to maintain constant growth in the local church.
33:00
April 19, 2021
Ep 27: Tough Lessons 1 - People & Money Leave
Ep 27: Tough Lessons 1 - People & Money Leave
The guys discuss the hard ministry lesson that people and money will inevitably leave and how to deal with it.
31:18
April 12, 2021
Ep 26: The Easter ReCap
Ep 26: The Easter ReCap
The guys talk about Easter and the results they saw from the wave strategy.
32:44
April 05, 2021
Ep 25: The Strategy System
Ep 25: The Strategy System
The guys talk about the big picture of strategy and how important it is for your local church.
33:36
March 29, 2021
Ep 24: The Leadership System
Ep 24: The Leadership System
The guys talk about developing leaders with an intentional system in your local church.
26:52
March 22, 2021
Ep 23: The Volunteer System
Ep 23: The Volunteer System
The guys talk about the volunteer system and give a few ideas for your local church.
31:00
March 15, 2021
Ep 22: Special Episode--The Easter Growth Wave: Pt 5 - The 4-Weeks After Easter...the sequel
Ep 22: Special Episode--The Easter Growth Wave: Pt 5 - The 4-Weeks After Easter...the sequel
The guys talk about the final part of the backside of the Easter wave. 
35:43
March 08, 2021
Ep 21: Special Episode--The Easter Growth Wave: Pt 4 - The 4-Weeks After Easter
Ep 21: Special Episode--The Easter Growth Wave: Pt 4 - The 4-Weeks After Easter
The guys talk about things that you can do on the backside of Easter to help get your Easter guests back and connected to the life of the church.
34:35
March 01, 2021
Ep 20: Special Episode--The Easter Growth Wave: Pt 3 - More Easter Day Considerations
Ep 20: Special Episode--The Easter Growth Wave: Pt 3 - More Easter Day Considerations
The guys talk again about some things to implement on Easter Sunday at your church.
27:10
February 22, 2021
Ep 19: Special Episode--The Easter Growth Wave: Pt 2 - Easter Day Considerations
Ep 19: Special Episode--The Easter Growth Wave: Pt 2 - Easter Day Considerations
The guys talk about some things to implement on Easter Sunday at your church.
32:58
February 15, 2021
Ep 18: Special Episode--The Easter Growth Wave: Pt 1 - The 4-Weeks Leading Up to Easter
Ep 18: Special Episode--The Easter Growth Wave: Pt 1 - The 4-Weeks Leading Up to Easter
In this episode the guys talk about the 4-weeks leading up to Easter and how to maximize that time for impact.
40:02
February 08, 2021
Ep 17: The Outreach System
Ep 17: The Outreach System
The guys talk about outreach and give a few ideas for the local church.
27:12
February 01, 2021
Ep 16: The Financial System
Ep 16: The Financial System
The guys discuss weekly giving and offer a few thoughts on the financial system of the local church.
29:44
January 25, 2021
Ep 15: The Discipleship System
Ep 15: The Discipleship System
The guys talk about having a healthy discipleship system in your local church.
27:42
January 18, 2021
Ep 14: The Connections/Assimilation System
Ep 14: The Connections/Assimilation System
The guys talk about helping people get connected to the life of your church with a Connections/Assimilation System
28:44
January 11, 2021
Ep 13: Sunday Morning System
Ep 13: Sunday Morning System
The guys discuss the importance of having a clearly defined Sunday morning system behind your Sunday morning worship service.
36:34
January 04, 2021
Ep 12: One Word
Ep 12: One Word
The guys talk about your one word for 2021
26:36
December 28, 2020
Ep 11: Planning Your Sermon Calendar
Ep 11: Planning Your Sermon Calendar
The guys talk about how to plan a yearly sermon calendar.
24:52
December 21, 2020
Ep 10: The Christmas Episode
Ep 10: The Christmas Episode
The guys talk about what small church pastors have that are "gifts" to the church
23:06
December 14, 2020
Ep 9-The Big 3: pt 3-Driving Consistent Giving
Ep 9-The Big 3: pt 3-Driving Consistent Giving
The guys talk about ways to help increase the consistency of financial giving in your church
25:06
November 30, 2020
Ep 8-The Big 3: Recruiting Volunteers
Ep 8-The Big 3: Recruiting Volunteers
The guys talk about ways to get more volunteers and how to honor the ones you currently have
25:07
November 23, 2020
Ep 7-The Big 3: Pt 1-Getting More Guests Through the Door
Ep 7-The Big 3: Pt 1-Getting More Guests Through the Door
The guys talk about ways to get more guests to attend one of your church services
25:20
November 16, 2020
Ep 6: The Healthy Pastor - pt 6 Great Hobbies
Ep 6: The Healthy Pastor - pt 6 Great Hobbies
The guys talk about having great hobbies to help maintain emotional health
23:50
November 09, 2020
Ep 5: The Healthy Pastor - pt 5 Good Friends
Ep 5: The Healthy Pastor - pt 5 Good Friends
The guys talk about the importance of life-giving friendships
25:45
November 02, 2020
Ep 4: The Healthy Pastor pt 4 - Healthy Family LIfe
Ep 4: The Healthy Pastor pt 4 - Healthy Family LIfe
The guys discuss the pastor's family life and how important it is to make sure you're intentional about building a life-giving family culture
24:44
October 26, 2020
Ep 3: The Healthy Pastor pt 3 Physical Health
Ep 3: The Healthy Pastor pt 3 Physical Health
The guys talk about physical health in the life of a small church leader
24:01
October 19, 2020
Ep 2: The Healthy Pastor pt 2 Mental Health
Ep 2: The Healthy Pastor pt 2 Mental Health
The guys discuss the importance of mental health for the Small Church Leader
23:54
October 12, 2020
Ep 1: The Healthy Pastor pt 1-Spiritual Health
Ep 1: The Healthy Pastor pt 1-Spiritual Health
In this episode the guys talk about how important having a healthy spiritual life is for small church leaders.
24:19
September 28, 2020