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49 minutes | Nov 2, 2021
Episode 21: Establishing a Healthy Rhythm
In the latest episode of the Tailgate pod Mike and Riley discuss, church planting, the start of the NFL football season and the NBA season. Mike and Riley also share their experiences in building a healthy rhythm as a leader. Many leaders burn out which opens the door to compromise. Learn to see the early signs of burnout, and how to establish a rhythm that will be able to carry you further into your calling.
47 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Episode 20: Empowering Culture
In this episode of the Tailgate Pod, Riley and Mike discuss the NBA offseason, new ventures in brewing beer, prayer and fasting and what's new in Manna Church VA. Mike and Riley share on their experiences in leading teams and people through an Empowering Culture leadership style. Mike and Riley teach and discuss the importance of being an empowering leader that builds a culture that sees people grow and succeed. They also share from their experience on how they have developed and fostered an empowering culture wherever they lead, and how every leader can grow by being an empowering leader.
43 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
S2 E5 The Space You Occupy
Being self aware is a necessary attribute for any leader, being able to know and understand the space you occupy. In this episode Mike and Riley discuss how strong leaders understand the space they occupy and how this is vital to building and developing people in your team. They discuss practical ways in how any leader can be more effective in how they lead their team. Mike and Riley also discuss NBA season and recent visits to Manna Church in VA.
52 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
S2E4 Occasional Mentoring
In part 2 of this two part episode of the Tailgate Pod. Mike and Riley discuss Saint Patricks day during a pandemic. Mike and Riley also further break down how to build a mentoring team. They discuss three Occasional Mentors; the Counselor, Connector and Teacher and how adding these types of mentors to your team can help develop you into who God is calling you to be.
56 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
S2E3 Intensive Mentoring
In this episode of the Tailgate Pod, Mike and Riley share about church planting in Virginia and they breakdown how to build a team of mentors. In Part 1 of a two part episode Mike and Riley discuss three types of Intensive Mentors; the disciples, the spiritual guide and the coach. Listen how adding these types of mentors to your team can help you grow into who God has called you to be.
62 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
S2E2 Find your why
In the first episode of the Tailgate Pod in 2021, Mike and Riley share from their personal experience of "finding your why". Throughout our lives we seek to find purpose, understanding your why is vital to growing in that purpose.
56 minutes | Dec 25, 2020
Shock Drop Episode Christmas 2020
In this Episode of the Tailgate Pod Mike and Riley surprise us all with a shock drop episode Christmas edition! Mike and Riley wrap up 2020 with a conversation about the importance of reflection, how reflection helps us grow and come up with new ideas as we look forward into coming seasons. They also share about coming changes, and the move up to Virginia to plan Manna church VA. You don't want to miss this very merry episode!
56 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
6 Things Every Great Small Group Leader Does
In this episode of the Tailgate Pod Riley and Mike talk about the new season of the Tailgate Pod. As church planters Mike and Riley share the exciting news of what God is doing in the Tidewater area of Virginia over the coming 18 months. Mike and Riley break down healthy habits that every great small group leaders does. Because we believe that Small Groups are the life blood of the church we want to share the secrets of building and developing a fruitful and life-giving small group. If you are a current small group leader or are thinking about starting a small group this episode is a must listen.
41 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
Episode 12: Life Connected
In this episode of the Tailgate pod, Mike and Riley celebrate the one year anniversary of the podcast with its 12th episode. With all the uncertainty surrounding the church today Mike and Riley share valuable insight for all church leaders. The importance of living a life connected is shown in that people need to feel connected now more than ever. Mike and Riley discuss the importance of a strong Small Group culture in your church and how churches are seeing the importance of connection in the time we live in.
80 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
Episode 11: The Tailgate 2020
In this special giant size episode of the Tailgate Pod we will listen directly from the Tailgate Mens Small Group day where 8 speakers shared on 8 different topics. The Tailgate Mens Small Group day is an annual day where various mens small groups get together and celebrate what God has been doing through them. Listen as several small group leaders share from what God has placed in their hearts.
45 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
Episode 10: Covenant Brotherhood
In this episode of the Tailgate Pod, Riley and Mike discuss covenant brotherhood with their brothers Dan and Jason from the very special Open Gate Guinness Brewery in Baltimore Maryland. The group discusses how covenant relationships have shaped them and helped them grow more Christ-like.
43 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
Episode 9: What is Biblical Masculinity? Pt. 2
In this episode of the Tailgate Pod Mike and Riley complete their conversation on what is biblical masculinity, through out the episode they discuss the insights from the stories of King David and how these insights have influenced how they lead. Mike and Riley also discuss the last two themes of biblical masculinity.
59 minutes | Jun 2, 2020
Episode 8: What is Biblical Masculinity? Pt. 1
In this episode of the Tailgate pod we explorer Biblical Masculinity through 5 themes. In this first of two part episode Mike and Riley dive into the first 3 themes of Biblical Masculinity, fleshing out the importance in every mans life to explorer what the Bible says about being men and what the lack of biblical masculinity is doing in our world today. Part 2 of this episode will air next month.
55 minutes | May 5, 2020
Episode 7: Trust in Leadership
In episode 7 Riley and Mike discuss the Importance of trust In leadership. As leaders we must learn to develop several tools, of these the most Important one Is trust. Why should leaders build trust? What does trusting leadership look like and what are the results of neglecting this deep biological and psychological need every follower has. Riley and Mike discuss how they have seen trust play a factor In producing results and taking your team to the next level. This Is one of those episodes you do not want to miss!
69 minutes | Apr 7, 2020
Episode 6: The Church is a people, not a building
In this powerful episode Mike and Riley discuss the current pandemic through the lens of the church. Understanding that we all have a part to play In the church is vital in times like where social Interaction Is limited and so many all over the world are being affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Mike and Riley also share tips on passing the time while being quarantined, a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest.
36 minutes | Mar 3, 2020
Episode 5: Manna Church Fort Leonard Wood
In this special episode of the Tailgate Pod, Riley and Mike chat with Learon and Staci Tomlinson leaders of the new Church Plant Manna Church Fort Leonard Wood. We discuss how to step into a calling that is in over your head, how God's faithfulness works in us and through each of us. This episode will move you to step into the next season you are being called to. Learon and Staci moved from Fayetteville to Fort Leonard Wood in 2019 to start a Mann Church micro-site (a smirch site that meats in homes), this micro-site has grown into a plant. Check out what God has been doing in these young and inspiring leaders lives.
56 minutes | Feb 4, 2020
Episode 4: Devotion to Christ is the place where the human heart is most satisfied
In this episode of Riley and Mike share from the heart on the importance of a devotional life and how through a personal relationship with God, our created purpose is revealed, this is the only place we can be whole. Mike and Riley also discuss the upcoming Super Bowl 54, 21 days of prayer and fasting and their experience in talking to local college students about Christ.
59 minutes | Jan 7, 2020
Episode 3: The Bible is the Handbook of Life
In this episode Mike and Riley discuss surviving the holidays, the most impactful book of 2019, New Years resolutions as they look onto 2020. As the main topic Mike and Riley discuss how the Bible truly is the handbook of life. Mike and Riley both share personal stories on how the Bible has shed light in various seasons of their lives, from marriage and finances to parenting and more. As they unpack what it looks like to see the Bible as the ultimate authority in life they share experiences where the Bible has revealed answers to tough situations.
46 minutes | Dec 3, 2019
Episode 2: Get in the Game w/ Elliot Diaz
In this episode of the Tailgate pod Mike and Riley discuss how being a disciple of Christ is not a spectator sport. God is calling us to get in the game and to reach out and disciple others and serve our community. Mike and Riley also share a remarkable Halloween story, and talk about the upcoming holidays as well as the start of the NBA season.
52 minutes | Nov 5, 2019
Episode 1: How to walk in suffering, Jason Canady session from The Tailgate Gathering
In the pilot episode Mike and Riley listen to Tailgate Small Group Gathering Session leader Jason Canady. In this conversation we unpack how we walk out "suffering as a leader", through the mindset that there is purpose even in our suffering especially as leaders. Mike and Riley discuss the heart behind the Tailgate Pod of reaching others through conversations that empower and equip others in a casual setting. Content drops the first Tuesday of every month.
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