A Podcast Pause
This podcast is the last one for a few months. Learn what’s coming next as I focus on expanding the reach and impact of The Post Covid Church project! A full transcript is at www.thepostcovidchurch.com
July 11, 2021
Changing Focus: Measuring The Right Things
An old adage in the business world: “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” The problem for the church is too many leaders have picked the wrong things to measure. Take attendance and membership. Craig T Owens , pastor and author of Shepherd Leadership: The Metrics That Really Matter, points out that one key to a biblically healthy church is the quality, not the quantity, of members. Another is choosing pastors for more than their ability to preach. Listen to how The Post Covid Church can have a real impact only if it re-thinks what’s biblically important. You can find the transcript at www.thepostcovidchurch.com
July 4, 2021
REVIVAL!: Not That Simple
Can this pandemic that has touched every corner of the world, focused the mind of even the most strident secularist and decimated the church lead to another worldwide revival? Not unless we do more than wait for it. T.M. Moore has written more than 30 books and is a renowned expert on revivals. The author of Restore Us says we first need to realized that a “revival” is not an organized event, with special speakers and a pot luck supper. Historically, great revivals like "The Great Awakening" have always begun with repentance and “extraordinary seasons of prayer.” Listen to what The Post Covid Church must do now if there is to be hope for any kind of real revival. You can find a transcript of this podcast at www.thepostcovidchurch.com Just click the show title on the home page.
June 27, 2021
"As Goes The U.S. University, So Goes The World"
Three out of four American students who arrive on campus as Christians lose their faith. That’s why the organization Ratio Christi exists. The rapid growth of hostility and persecution against foundational Biblical faith means, however, that it's more important than ever that the church better prepares young Christians. It means making youth ministry more than “skinny jeans and fog machines”. Dr. Corey Miller explains that if churches aren’t including apologetics across all age groups, they’re not doing their job. A full transcript at www.thepostcovidchurch.com Just click on the Title.
June 20, 2021
Religious Liberty: Tables Turning
Many Christians cheered when a Georgia town denied local Muslims a permit to build their mosque. With the hostility towards Christians growing more overt and widespread, and white Christians now in the minority, there is suddenly more focus on the first amendment's religious liberty protections. David Callaway, Religious Freedom Specialist for the Freedom Forum, explains what religious liberty is and why it's more important than ever to understand it. You can find a full transcript of the conversation at www.thepostcovidchurch.com Just click on the show title there.
June 6, 2021
Revitalizing The Church: Tough Medicine, Hard Work
Dr. Harry Reeder’s career has focused on revitalizing the local church and helping pastors and lay leaders across the country do the same. The Senior Pastor at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL is quick to say the roadmap he shares isn’t his, but Christ’s. He’s also convinced that the pandemic, the culture’s hostility to biblical principals and progressive Christianity's increasing influence have all made it more difficult to thrive. But not impossible. The author of "From Embers To A Flame, How God Can Revitalize Your Church" pulls no punches as he identifies what The Post Covid Church must do if it’s to regain its influence and make disciples. You can get a transcript of this podcast at www.thepostcovidchurch.com Just click on the show title.
May 30, 2021
Trauma In The Pews
Too many churches are focused on just getting folks back in the building and ignoring the trauma all have faced, to various degrees, during the pandemic. Unless that changes, the church will be weaker and unable to fulfill its mission of creating disciples. The good news: The people outside the walls are facing the same trauma and need what only the Christian church offers. Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, author of “Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore You Sanity” has specific answers on how to become stronger in the wake of the pandemic. You can find the transcript at www.thepostcovidchurch.com...just click the show title.
May 24, 2021
Progressive Christianity's Threat To The Faith
“Social Justice”: Is it simply another way to describe Jesus’ ministry or a concept at odds with the Christian faith? Dr. David Young, author of A Grand Illusion, How Progressive Christianity Undermines Biblical Faith, explains what “progressive Christianity” means, the biblical basis for justice and what evangelical Christians must understand about this cultural wave in order to defend the faith. You can find the full transcript by clicking the show title at www.thepostcovidchurch.com
May 16, 2021
Not Giving Up
This is a story of a dying church, with no full time staff, hammered by Covid and like so many in America, struggling to survive. Instead of despair, a co-vocational pastor seizes on an opportunity to use technology he at first didn’t trust to reach out and make stronger disciples. A story of faith, a lesson in resilience and a message of hope.
May 10, 2021
Priorities NOW For Your Church Leaders: Two National Experts Here To Help!
The Post Covid Church is smaller, the needs greater and the barriers for sharing the Good News never more daunting. It's a critical time for strong leadership that focuses on how to use the talent in the pews. Dr. George Barna and Dr. Thom Rainer are two of Christianity’s most respected authorities on church leadership. Hear what steps must be taken now to fulfill your church’s mission. For a full transcript, visit www.thepostcovidchurch.com
May 2, 2021
“My Number One Job As A Pastor Is Not To Minister”
Reopening doors creates a special challenge for church leaders and there’s a pastor and leadership expert who says it’s a perfect time to learn from his mistakes. Dan Hall has a unique perspective: pastor, leadership expert and quadriplegic whose focus on serving Christ is transparent, instructional and inspirational. Visit www.thepostcovidchurch.com for a full transcript.
April 26, 2021
"When Faith Is Forbidden"
Never in America has it cost so much to publicly support foundational, biblical beliefs. Yet Voice of the Martyr’s Todd Nettleton says stories from those tortured and jailed for following Christ is a powerful reminder for Americans: Faith in Christ means counting the cost. Get a transcript at www.thepostcovidchurch.com
April 19, 2021
Building A Plane While Flying: Church Planting In A Pandemic
If you were following the "how to plant a church" textbook, you would not be inclined to do so during a pandemic. That's exactly WHY Jeff Wolheter is doing it NOW. Listen to what this Post Covid Church plant looks like and hear some important lessons for established church leaders.
March 22, 2021
Time To Focus On Mental Health
In his 30 years of counseling Rev. Percy McCray has never seen a year like this past one. The Director of Faith Based Programs at Cancer Treatment Centers of America is optimistic, however, because Rev. McCray knows the power of the Christian faith can overcome mental stress. But, The Post Covid Church must do a better job tackling mental health. Listen to practical ways to not only survive, but thrive, during the darkest of times.
March 11, 2021
"As The Men Go, So Goes The Church"
As churches reopen and ministries regather, David Dusek, founder of Rough Cut Men Ministries, says no group is more important than the men. David's ministry focuses on encouraging and equipping men to live their lives for Christ by getting them to talk about what's really going on in their lives. Listen to what The Post Covid Church can do to get men more involved, and how some simple first steps can get men more connected.
March 4, 2021
Smartly Defending The Faith
Those holding classical Christian beliefs have never been under more pressure. That's why nationally renowned Christian author, speaker and Stand to Reason founder Greg Koukl is spending his life teaching Christians to think more clearly about their faith. Hear simple tactics to better prepare for those upcoming tough discussions, and how the church must encourage believers to ask tough questions.
February 22, 2021
Prepare For Persecution
The antipathy towards orthodox Biblical belief has quickly become an aggressive movement to silence the church in the public square. S. Michael Craven, Director of the Colson Fellows Program at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, says part of the problem is that Christians have only been taught half of the salvation story. Listen to how the church must do a better job telling the whole story, while at the same time preparing for greater persecution that will strengthen the church and mean the end of cultural Christianity. Use this link to learn more about the Colson Fellows Program: https://colsonfellows.org
February 11, 2021
Lessons from Haiti
Dr. Lucner Pierre is a seminary professor and senior pastor in Haiti, and his aggressive reaction to the pandemic induced shutdown provides lessons for The Post Covid Church in America. The key is looking for ways to connect, expand and serve. The shutdown has also cut out short-term mission work, which has provided an opportunity for the local church to step up and stand out.
February 3, 2021
"We've Made Christ A Hobby"
Dr. Jim Denison’s life is focused on apologetics: Defending and explaining the Christian faith and helping to equip Christians to do the same. In the wake of the DC attack on the Capitol, there is no better time to focus on what it means to be a Christian. In fact, Dr. Denison says if the church doesn’t quickly do a much better job of teaching the Christian Worldview, its impact will diminish more rapidly. The good news: He believes "these could be our best days."
January 21, 2021
Reimagining The Post Covid Church
The churches that thrive in the wake of the pandemic will have strong leaders, engaged laity and a vision for serving their communities while making disciples. Greg Ligon has spent his post-pastor career in church leadership development and he says the pandemic has forced the church to embrace the multisite movement. It will also lead to a significant number of mergers. Listen to his ideas on creating high capacity leadership and why he's optimistic about The Post Covid Church.
January 15, 2021
"Why Did God Put You On Earth?"
Two positives coming out of the pandemic: Believers reassessing their walk with Christ and and churches forced to focus on how they must change in order to fulfill the great commission and make disciples. Kelly Kannwischer, Co-founder and CEO of Future Church Co, is uniquely qualified to help both church leaders and members identify their strengths in order to help churches thrive.
December 20, 2020
Calling The Church To Thrive
Colson Center for Christian Worldview President John Stonestreet says the focus of The Post Covid Church must be on not just surviving. In fact, “If the church survives and doesn’t do what God has called it to do, it doesn’t matter if it survives or not.” That means helping Believers focus on what it means to have a Christian Worldview and live in "The Story".
December 9, 2020
"Bringing Judgment Upon The Church"
Bishop Ronnie Crudup, Sr not only leads a 3,500 person mega church he also is presiding Bishop over two dozen mostly rural Mississippi congregations. The pandemic has forced him to change not just the length of his sermons, but also how he views ministry in the midst of what he sees as God's judgment on the church.
November 30, 2020
The Digital Revolution: Making Disciples
In the middle of a crisis strong leaders are thinking forward, counting on more disruption and planning for a very different future. Dr. Elaine Friedrich, Director of Digital Discipleship for a Metro Atlanta church, is uniquely positioned to help churches of all sizes see that they need to shift focus and resources if they want to stay connected with their members and fulfill the great commission: reaching “the least, the last and the lost.”
November 22, 2020
After "The Covid Wilderness"
The silver lining to the pandemic is the ability for strong church leaders to quickly make needed changes. Dr. Thom Rainer's focus as Founder/CEO of "Church Answers" is to help church leaders more effectively lead and serve. Listen to ideas that work. Ideas that will help your church better fulfill its mission to make disciples. Ideas that will help lead you out of "the Covid Wilderness".
November 15, 2020
“Jesus Didn’t Die To Put Butts in Seats”
Dr. George Barna is the preeminent researcher of the Christian faith in America and he says that for the church to regain its influence, it must make big changes now. It starts at the top and includes changing both how pastors define success and what they teach so that many more Christians have a Biblical Worldview.
November 5, 2020
"Run Towards The Roar!"
The pandemic is making all of us reassess not only what’s really important in life, but also what it means to live by faith. John Robertson is a crisis management expert, and a former pastor, who is well positioned to help The Post Covid Church thrive by taking this extraordinary opportunity to help staff and laity discover their strengths and use them for Christ.
October 30, 2020
Rethinking Seminaries: Strengthening The Post Covid Church
Seminaries are facing the same upheaval as other secondary educational institutions, but some are fortunate to have pivoted before the pandemic. Dr Matt Ayars, President of Wesley Biblical Seminary, says the technological revolution is not only helping better prepare pastors but also strengthening the laity.
October 22, 2020
Isolation, Fear, Anxiety: Filling An Emotional Need
Covid-19 has not only dealt a devastating physical blow, it’s also caused extensive mental health damage. The Post Covid Church is uniquely positioned to serve those suffering. Unfortunately, a stigma remains. Dr. Tarama Fleming is a licensed professional counselor who strongly believes the Christian faith is uniquely positioned to heal.
October 9, 2020
“Church is Not a Sunday Morning Thing”
Pastor and best selling author Jonathan “JP” Pokluda always focuses on where the church is going. So, he was ready to quickly pivot when the doors closed. Covid-19 meant not just enhancing the on-line worship experience, but also making small group discipleship front and center at Harris Creek Baptist in Waco, TX. Listen to what the church demands from members and how the pandemic forced the staff to make radical changes.
October 2, 2020
A Little Church Doing Big Things
Grace Chapel only has 180 members in West Columbia SC, but this non-denominational church has done amazing things to stay connected and strengthen its foundation for future disciple making as a model for The Post Covid Church.
September 24, 2020
"There's Never Been A Better Time to Be A Church"
The Center for Health Churches is designed for a time such as this: To help churches not survive, but thrive. Founder Dr. Bill Wilson shares the key aspects of a healthy church, the number one trait that makes successful churches stand out and how The Post Covid Church must re-launch if it's to help fill the vast void in the hearts of so many.
September 11, 2020
Churches Coming Together: A Model for The Post Covid Church
Already it’s clear The Post Covid Church will be smaller. That means to restore its impact and influence, Christians will have to do a better job working together. Listen to how churches in Wichita, Kansas are showing the way.
September 1, 2020
Post Covid Home Church Movement
An inspiring story of Bobby and Lydia Goin who opened their home as church doors closed. Brushing aside fear of Covid, and answering God’s call, this Kansas couple has attracted searching Believers who are experiencing a deeper walk with Christ.
August 21, 2020
Shrinking, Then Flourishing: Lessons from History for The Post Covid Church
Persecutions, plagues and cultural indifference have struck the Christian church from the beginning. Today is no different. Listen to what we can, and must learn, from Father Christopher Viscardi, S.J., an optimistic historian who sees a smaller but stronger Post Covid Church.
August 11, 2020
A Model For The Post Covid Church
This outward focused approach supports families so that a stronger Christian bond can be built within the home. It’s an approach sadly lacking in the US, but Rev. Dr. Warren Lathem says it’s a key to strengthening the church
August 3, 2020
"Why Do We Want To Go Back THERE?"
The church is not a building, but a body of Believers. Theologian, pastor, writer T.M. Moore, author of "The Church Captive", calls The Post Covid Church to release itself from captivity to our culture. Listen to specific ways leaders and laity can truly make a difference in the post pandemic world.
July 23, 2020
Making the Church More Than "A Shout and a Dance"
Seeing the victim of a vicious hate crime forgive and befriend allowed award winning journalist Charlotte Graham to search her soul. She sees the state of Mississippi doing the same thing. Listen to her fascinating perspective and her call for The Post Covid Church to be more than "a shout and a dance."
July 20, 2020
Strengthening Marriages=Strengthening the Church
The collapse of the traditional family structure is not only the biggest cause for most of America's problems, it’s also the reason our churches are shrinking in numbers and influence. Listen to solutions from JP De Gance, whose Communio non-profit is showing how The Post Covid Church can make a difference.
July 13, 2020
If You Won’t Serve, This Church Isn’t For You
The ability to see an opportunity to serve and turn it into action is the sign of a church’s DNA. See how Rev Robert Hahn and his rural Maryland congregation quickly moved to serve 13-thousand meals a week to needy children, and mend relations between the police and the community. It's a Post Covid Church Model.
July 1, 2020
A Smaller, Stronger Post Covid Church
The consensus is The Post Covid Church will be smaller. What will it take to make it stronger? Award winning author Dr. Kevin Watson has some answers.
June 29, 2020
NOT “The Most Segregated Hour of the Week”
DaySpring Community Church is an evangelical rarity— racially integrated. The key: Leaders setting a tone early, and living the Gospel that is preached.
June 22, 2020
Small Churches: Big Opportunities
The small churches with little experience on-line had to pivot quickly to serve at home members. One church leader says those small churches may be in better position to thrive as The Post Covid Church.
June 14, 2020
“I challenge people to Google ‘Churches that close because they gave too much for global missions’. You won’t find any.” Dr. Duane Brown, Director of Church Partnerships for One Mission Society says The Post Covid Church must become much more committed to missions in order to fulfill its calling.
June 9, 2020
“Intentional”: Roadmap for Racial Healing
“It’s not man’s agenda. It’s Biblical” Two pastors, one black, one white, both lifelong residents of a state long associated with racial hatred, share their experiences and answers for racial healing in light of the latest racial outrage.
June 5, 2020
“Separating the Wheat from the Chaff”
Rev. Randy Russ is a commissioned United Methodist Deacon with a Ph. D. in marketing who predicts the Post Covid Church will shrink, and he thinks that’s a good thing….if. If the church pivots without fear and uses the laity innovatively to better serve a culture searching for answers.
June 2, 2020
“Humpty Dumpty”: A Priest’s Call for Change
The Covid-19 pandemic has broken the “egg” of life as we know it. A comparison to the famous nursery rhyme provides an opportunity for much needed change in the church.
May 22, 2020
Rushing Into The Pandemic: A Model for Cooperation
The Orlando Salvation Army command pivoted quickly and is serving more than ever. Lessons that will help The Post Covid Church fulfill its mission.
May 20, 2020
Taking Risks For The Kingdom
Christian entrepreneur Joe Stradinger says it’s not a time to fret, but the time for church leaders to take risks if they want The Post Covid Church to fulfill its mission.
May 18, 2020
An Inner City Pastor's Optimistic Look at the Post Covid Church
Prophetic, positive and unyielding, Brother Devon Adams' inspiring look at where the church is heading. It will be smaller, but stronger.
May 14, 2020
Technology Bringing The Church Together
Churches that come out of the shut down stronger are using technology to not only stream worship services, but to hyper-connect. Dr. Keith Grubbs, Senior pastor of Park Place Baptist in Pearl, MS shares the unique outreach efforts that are keeping the church community together.
May 12, 2020
The Biblical basis for dealing with grief and fear.
How best can the church help those grieving during this crisis, and how should we face fear? Dr. James Kilgore has more than four decades of counseling and pastoring experience. He shares the most effective ways those suffering can be helped by the body of Christ in this episode of "The Post Covid Church" podcast.
May 10, 2020