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28 minutes | Dec 15, 2021
Is the Evangelical Church Breaking Apart?
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37 minutes | Dec 1, 2021
Let's Talk About Sex: Is the Church's Teaching About Sex Losing the Next Generation?
Young Christians (18-29 years old) are attending church less frequently than ever. A recent study shows that one of the reasons for this trend is because these young adults view the church’s stance on sex to be simplistic or judgmental. How can church leaders address this issue in a way that is accepting and compassionate, without compromising their commitment to biblical teaching on sex? Let’s talk about it with the Mad Pastors!
36 minutes | Nov 17, 2021
Is the Exclusive Nature of Christianity Hurting Church Attendance?
One of the stated reasons young adults are leaving the church is because of the exclusivity of the Christian faith. Claiming that Jesus is the only way to salvation doesn’t seem to sit well with 18-29 year old’s who have grown up in a culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion. How should pastors respond and what can we do when it comes to shepherding our people well in such a pluralistic society? Join the Mad Pastors to for a great discussion on what we can do.
41 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
Is Christianity Anti-Science?
One of the reasons many young adults in America are leaving the church is because they see a growing divide between faith and science. Is it fair to say Christianity is at odds with science, or is there a better way to understand these two categories? The Mad Pastors argue that faith and science are not polar opposites, but instead complement one other. Each should be in favor of the other and we as pastors need to do a better job helping our people learn how to integrate both science and faith into our daily lives. Listen now to hear their insights that may just keep 18-29 year old from leaving the church for this reason.
33 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
Why Gen Z is leaving the church: Is the church being over-protective?
A Barna study suggests one of the main reasons young people (age 18-29) are leaving the church is because the church is over-protective. That means either they see the church as anti-everything secular, ignoring real-world problems, or opposed to the music, movies, and video games these young people enjoy. If this is how America’s budding generation feels about the church, how can the church respond and what must we as mad pastors do to reach this crucial generation once again? ★ Support this podcast ★
32 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
Shallow Christianity Hurts Church Growth
Church attendance is in decline in America and a number of possible explanations have been suggested. One reason why people, especially young people, are leaving the church is that churches have shifted to a watered-down gospel. Shallow Christianity was thought to attract a wider audience, but research shows it has had the opposite effect. Join the mad pastors as they talk about this trend and what we should do about it.
33 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
Help! My Church is Imploding!
How should a leader respond when he realizes the church he leads is imploding? This is a common occurrence faced by too many pastors, but some practical advice may help you change the course of your ministry and once again become a thriving force in your community. The Mad Pastors offer three insights that will help any leader turn things around.
33 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Deconstructing the Church
Deconstruction is a popular term. Many well-known Christian figures have recently turned away from orthodox Christianity after ‘deconstructing’ their faith. Does that mean deconstructionism is a bad thing? Or is there something deeper going on? The mad pastors offer their perspective on how we should approach deconstructionism in a productive way.
2 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
A Week Off
Everybody needs a week off. Even Mad Pastors! Don’t worry, we will be back! Take this time to check out some of our amazing resources for Pastor Appreciation month! Pastor’s Wives: G6Allies.com/Vibrant Pastors or Believers: G6Allies.com/GrowBox
37 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
How Should Pastors Respond to Cancel Culture?
Boycotting and canceling companies, individuals, and ideas are very commonplace in today’s society. Today’s podcast asks the question, what should pastors and church leaders do about it. How should we respond to it? What are the important elements we must understand if we are to teach our people about cancel culture from a biblical worldview? Join us for the conversation!
33 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
What Should I Do with Books by Pastors Who Have Had Moral Failings?
A common question we are asked is what to do with books, sermons, and resources created by pastors or spiritual leaders who have had a moral failing. Should we still read them? Can we still learn from them? Today's podcast offers the Mad Pastors perspective on this important topic.
34 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Pastors and Christian Nationalism
What is Christian Nationalism and how should pastors respond within their churches? The Mad Pastors discuss their take on this critical issue facing the church today and offer several helpful suggestions for pastors navigating the difference between healthy patriotism and dangerous nationalism.
34 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Is Church Still a Priority?
In this episode of the Mad Pastors, we offer a cultural commentary on the perceived value of church in our society. Is it possible for people to attend church infrequently and still call church a priority? How do people manage their priorities and still keep Jesus at the center? Join the Mad Pastors to hear their response!
28 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Unscripted Conversations: Developing Missional Identity
The Mad Pastors go off-script! No prep, no polished statements. Just two pastors talking shop about their experiences and insights on the most pressing issues facing pastoral ministry. This week, we discuss the question, how do you develop your ministry's missional identity. This goes beyond a catchy mission statement to something that consumes the entirety of your church or ministry. How to do create a culture that oozes missional clarity about the thing you are most passionate about? Join us to hear our take.
22 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Unscripted: How Do You Lead When You Don't Know Where to Go?
The Mad Pastors go off-script! No prep, no polished statements. Just two pastors talking shop about their experiences and insights on the most pressing issues facing pastoral ministry. This week, we discuss the question, how to lead your people when you aren't sure where to go or what to do? Join the mad pastors in this episode for a great conversation about an important issue that each of us face in different seasons of ministry.
37 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Unscripted Conversations: Church Government
The Mad Pastors go off-script! No prep, no polished statements. Just two pastors talking shop about their experiences and insights on the most pressing issues facing pastoral ministry. This week, we discuss some of the types of church government. With so many variations, can we say which one is best? Join the mad pastors in this episode to hear their answer.
26 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Unscripted Conversations: Accountability Structures
The Mad Pastors go off-script! No prep, no polished statements. Just two pastors talking shop about their experiences and insights on the most pressing issues facing pastoral ministry. This week, we discuss accountability structures for pastors. How do you ensure your pastor(s) has trustworthy people around him who have the authority to speak into the pastor's life? What systems should churches make sure they have in place to protect the pastor and the church? Today, the Mad Pastors discuss these questions and offer a practical accountability model that every church can implement!
24 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
Unscripted Conversations: Sacred Cows
The Mad Pastors go off-script! No prep, no polished statements. Just two pastors talking shop about their experiences and insights on the most pressing issues facing pastoral ministry. This week, we discuss sacred cows. Every church has them. What are yours? Which ones are hindering your mission and which are actually serving it? Listen in as the Mad Pastors discuss feeding and starving sacred cows!
30 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Unscripted Conversations: When to Remove a Ministry Program
The Mad Pastors go off-script! No prep, no polished statements. Just two pastors talking shop about their experiences and insights on the most pressing issues facing pastoral ministry. This week, we discuss the question, "When is it time to stop doing a ministry?" Most churches have some program or activity that needs a reboot, or just needs to go away entirely. How do you know when it is time to make that move and what are some things you need to consider in doing so? Join the Mad Pastors to find out!
29 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Unscripted Conversations: Church Budgets
The Mad Pastors go off-script! No prep, no polished statements. Just two pastors talking shop about their experiences and insights on the most pressing issues facing pastoral ministry. In today's episode, Ian and Michael discuss church budgets, planning for the future, allocating resources, and increasing our faith in God’s provision.
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