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Holy Soup Podcast
9 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
Holy Soup Episode 040: Breaking Through Bible Phobia
Listen to an exclusive sneak peak at Eyewitness, the first-of-its-kind story Bible designed to help adults discover God in fresh and surprising ways.
22 minutes | May 12, 2020
Holy Soup Episode 039: What COVID-19 Unveils About Today's Youth Ministry
One age group is hit particularly hard with the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s teenagers. Join Thom and youth ministry expert and author Rick Lawrence as they discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on youth ministers and teenagers around the country. Then discover key steps youth ministries can take to stay keep their teenagers engaged during these challenging times.
16 minutes | Mar 18, 2020
Holy Soup Episode 038: CoronaChurch- The Crowd Is No Longer Cool
The American church faces an upset like never before. The insidious coronavirus has slammed shut the church doors–locking out the faithful from gathered worship. What is happening? Where is God in all of this? Join Thom Schultz and very special guest Max Lucado as they discuss how God is and will continue to work in the church during these unprecedented times.
22 minutes | Jan 8, 2020
Holy Soup Episode 037: Lonely Kids and the Church
Gen Z is the loneliest and most socially isolated generation in history. How can churches help to fight this epidemic of loneliness while reaching today’s young people? Join Thom and special guest Dr. Josh Packard (a sociologist) as they discuss new research regarding Gen Z and the challenges the church is facing in reaching them.
27 minutes | Oct 16, 2019
Holy Soup Episode 036: Will Multisite Churches Work for the Next Generation?
Over the past decade, the multisite model of church has quickly grown in popularity and adoption. But will it continue to effectively engage and feed people moving forward, especially Generation Z? Join Thom, and special guest Joshua Symonette, a campus pastor at a multisite church in Washington D.C., as they discuss the benefits and challenges of a multisite church model when it comes to reaching the next generation of Christ followers.
18 minutes | Aug 1, 2019
Holy Soup Episode 035: Church: Here Come the Women
As the American church struggles to find its way, it may be downplaying one its strongest assets. Women. Join Thom and special guest Kadi Cole (author, speaker and consultant) as they discuss the ever-changing role of women in the American church, focusing on the current role of women in church leadership.
16 minutes | Jul 24, 2019
Holy Soup Episode 034: The Endangered Church’s Tipping Point
For many years, the warning signs have mounted. The institutional church is in decline. But, up to now, few in the church have shown much desire to change, to seriously respond to the erosion around them. Has the church in America finally reached a tipping point? Join Thom and special guest Kent Hunter as they discuss the ‘tipping point’ many churches are reaching that is pushing them to make a change.
15 minutes | May 29, 2019
Holy Soup Episode 033: The Internet and Church Attendance
Websites, social media, live streaming…. All important, but sometimes overwhelming for churches. When looking at your ministry’s digital presence, how can you balance impact with effort while reaching people with the love of Jesus? Join Thom and special guest, Jason Caston (author, speaker, and digital/social specialist) as they discuss the important role technology will play in the church of tomorrow, and what your church can use the digital world to reach new people today.
22 minutes | Oct 17, 2018
Holy Soup Episode 032: The Dangers of Under- or Over-Reacting to Church Security Risks
Churches strive to make people feel welcome by creating a warm environment where ministry and friendship flourish. At the same time, ensuring the safety of those entering your building is quickly becoming a necessity. Is it possible to mix the ministry and security without sacrificing hospitality? Join Thom and special guest Craig Cable (a church security expert) as they dive into the growing debate over church security and examine what it takes to create a church environment that is both welcoming and safe.
20 minutes | Sep 18, 2018
Holy Soup Episode 031: Making Disciples—or Just Smartypants?
Jesus didn’t arrange his followers in little rows and ask them to complete fill-in-the-blank worksheets. He knew that discipleship was much more than an academic exercise. After modeling how to actually make disciples, Jesus left us with the challenge to “make disciples of all nations.” So how is his church doing with that endeavor, after 2,000 years? Join Thom and special guest Rick Lawrence (author and editor of GROUP magazine) as they discuss different models for growing disciples of Jesus including approaching discipleship as a friendship.
22 minutes | Sep 5, 2018
Holy Soup Episode 030- Social Outrage & The Church
Join Thom and special guest Derwin Gray (author and pastor) as they discuss how churches can navigate a response to current issues of social outrage including areas of racial and political division.
22 minutes | Aug 1, 2018
Holy Soup Episode 029- Church Planting: Just to Get Big?
The church planting movement in the U.S. appears to be at an all-time high. But as a church plant grows, is it able to still fulfill the main goals it was planted for in the first place? Join Thom and special guest Christiana Rice (author and leader of a neighborhood of faith community in San Diego) as the current state of the church planting movement and common motivations behind starting a church plant.
17 minutes | Jul 11, 2018
Holy Soup Podcast Episode 028- The Church & Race Relations: Help or Hurt?
With racial tensions on the rise around the country, what unique opportunity does the church have to lead the push toward racial reconciliation? Join Thom and special guest Michael Emerson (provost of North Park University in Chicago) as they discuss the American churches role in bridging racial divides.
21 minutes | Jun 26, 2018
Holy Soup Episode 27: The Startling Response from Young People Who Left the Church
What’s behind the increasingly common exit of Millennials and Gen Z from the church? It may not be what most pastors and church leaders expect. Join Thom and special guest John Vitek (President of St. Mary’s Press and co-author of “Going, Going, Gone”) as they discuss the results of a new study documenting the increasing migration of young generations away from the church, and discuss what can be done to reverse the growing trend.
7 minutes | Nov 7, 2017
Holy Soup Episode 26: What American Churches Can Learn From Shrunken European Churches
Are American churches going the way of Europe’s declining religious institutions? Church attendance across Europe has dropped to single-digit percentages. In that environment, how is the church adapting and finding effectiveness?
23 minutes | Sep 12, 2017
Holy Soup Episode 25: Journey of a Religious ‘Done’
Once she was a dedicated church member, loyal and committed. Now, she’s done with church, but is finding her faith more alive than ever before. Join us as host Thom Schultz welcomes special guest Andrea Syverson, author of the new book Alter Girl: Walking Away From Religion Into the Heart of Faith. During the interview, Andrea describes how her various experiences prompted her to BE the church, rather than merely sit in a pew. Related Resources - Alter Girl by Andrea Syverson- https://www.group.com/product/9781470744526-alter-girl.do?sortby=ourPicks&refType=&from=Search&ecList=6&ecCategory= - (Podcast) Are the Dones Really Christian? - https://soundcloud.com/holy-soup-podcast/holy-soup-episode-001-are-the-dones-really-christian - - When God Left the Building- https://wwv.group.com/whengodleftthebuilding/
29 minutes | Feb 14, 2017
Holy Soup Episode 024: The Shack: See or Shun?
Holy Soup Episode 024: The Shack: See or Shun? by Holy Soup
10 minutes | Jan 24, 2017
Holy Soup Episode 023: The Rise of Bi-Vocational Ministry
While full-time paid ministry positions are shrinking, the pool of bi-vocational ministers is growing. Discover what’s behind the trend and how it may impact your ministry in this week’s Holy Soup Podcast.
29 minutes | Nov 29, 2016
Holy Soup Episode 022: When You’re Not the Boss
Brian Bennett spent years interviewing the top ‘number 2’s’ from around the country including assistant pastors, golf caddies and even a vice president of the United States. What qualities did he discover that makes them all great in their unique role? Discover on this special Holy Soup Podcast.
32 minutes | Oct 25, 2016
Holy Soup Episode 21: From Sleeper Sermons to Moving Messages
“We’re stuck in using the most archaic and unreliable ways to communicate the best message that’s ever been out there.” Find out what new research reveals about ‘the lecture style’ and how to reach a new generation in this special Holy Soup Podcast with author and pastor Rich Bundschuh.
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