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The Flourishing Church Podcast
21 minutes | 10 days ago
Ep 36: Sarah Claire Smith - The Importance of Mental and Emotional Health in Ministry
Sarah Claire Smith and John Terech discuss the relationship between mental and emotional health and its effects on ministry and the vital elements needed to bring these two things together. They explore topics and questions regarding how the church can function in this pandemic season to equip us to be flourishing leaders and churches building cultures of support for one another. They share suggestions on how to meet the demands upon church communities that have had to be so innovative and creative under stress and scarcity through books, coaching, counseling and seeking out trusted relationships of support.
31 minutes | a month ago
Ep 35: Daniel Allen - Behaviors that Sabotage Leadership and How to Move Toward Mastering Leadership
Dana Allin and Daniel Allen discuss experiences with leaders and coaching that have supported lasting pathways for growth and change. They dive into different leadership tendencies based on our internal wiring of complying, controlling, and or protecting. Daniel gives examples of each leadership style and the two discuss some strategies for how we, as leaders, can work to move past these pitfalls to be at our best.
41 minutes | 2 months ago
Ep 34: Richard Gibbons - Thinking & Planning for the Advent Season
John Terech and Richard Gibbons discuss different ideas and strategies for planning and preparing the church and pastors for the Advent season. In this episode, Richard and John help us consider the weeks ahead, how to look at the Christmas story and how to engage the hearts of listeners in these Covid times. They also take questions from a live audience of pastors who ask additional questions about the upcoming Advent season and how to best apply some of the practices Richard talks about in the podcast.
27 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep #33: Mike Bonem - Church Staffing Challenges During COVID-19
Mike Bonem and Dana Allin talk about the different challenges churches are having with staffing in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. They highlight issues such as reducing or realigning staff due to financial pressure or changing needs, adjusting workloads, and ways in which we can begin to address low morale and high anxiety among the staff.
28 minutes | 3 months ago
Ep #32: Daniel Yang - Navigating Future Church Challenges
Daniel Yang and Dana Allin discuss qualities of Christian leadership and church structure. They touch on current ways churches are navigating challenges, institutionalization and generational issues. In addition, Daniel shares insights on how we can be preparing for future change as well as how church plants and planters can play a role in that.
26 minutes | 4 months ago
Title: Ep #31: Donna Rivett - Ministering to those in Poverty
Donna Rivett, the Dean of Industrial Education at Indian River State College, and Dana Allin discuss the differences and assumptions that define poverty as well as the importance of engaging with those caught in the cycle of poverty. Donna gives insight into how we can begin to better understand not only the differences of poverty, but how those differences can shape the driving forces of our ministry and outreach. She paints a picture of how to develop deep relationships and engage in ministry among your community through a resource called, Bridges out of Poverty.
32 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep #30: Michael Oh - Global Engagement During a Global Pandemic
Michael Oh, the Global Executive Director and CEO of the Lausanne Movement discusses with host Jen Haddox how the global pandemic has changed collaboration in the global church. Michael shares about the Lausanne Movement and their efforts to facilitate connections with the church worldwide. In this episode, Michael inspires believers to deepen friendships and develop opportunities alongside God in a season which has placed so many restrictions of travel and relationships.
31 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep 29: Eric Jacobsen - Author Conversation: Three Pieces of Glass: Why We Feel Lonely in a World Mediated by Screens
Dana Allin and Eric Jacobsen discuss the importance of creating a culture of belongIng to defend against the feeling of loneliness in our society. They explore how living in a digital world surrounded by screens affects all aspects of our lives. They discuss Eric’s book, Three Pieces of Glass and look at how being in the midst of a global pandemic which has increased isolation has changed and added to the ideas Eric discusses in his book. Dana and Eric go into detail about the reasons why screens affect the feeling of being lonely and the unique role the Church plays in decreasing loneliness and creating community.
22 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep 28: Heidi Cottle - Reopening Your Church in the Midst of a Pandemic
John Terech and Heidi Cottle discuss important regulations and concerns to consider when reopening churches during the pandemic. They go through specific OSHA guidelines as well as different resources that we can use through the process of reopening.
26 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep 27: Jen Haddox - How a Global Pandemic Causes us to Rethink Global Mission
Dana Allin and Jen Haddox discuss how we engage in global mission in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. They share different challenges from rethinking how we engage with the global church to rethinking how we engage personally with church life and ministry on a local level. Jen helps church leaders to consider a series of important questions we should be asking as we navigate these changing times and continue to pursue our faith in Jesus.
31 minutes | 7 months ago
Ep 26: Jay Kim - Author Conversation: Analog Church: Why We Need Real People, Places, and Things in the Digital Age
Dana Allin and Jay Kim Discuss Jay’s Book Analog Church: Why We Need Real People, Places, and Things in the Digital Age. They go through the different benefits and challenges of the growing popularity of the digital church. Recorded in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic they discuss how the book can be applicable before, during, and after the global pandemic.
24 minutes | 8 months ago
Ep 25: Doug Paul - 10 Church Predictions for the Next 10 Years
In this podcast, John Terech and Doug Paul discuss "10 Church Predictions for the Next 10 Years" recorded pre-COVID19. This conversation is as relevant as ever, as Doug calls the church to embrace the demanding and necessary changes ahead for Kingdom impact. They discuss the 10 different predictions that Doug believes will affect the church in the next 10 years and the changing landscape of our ministry and leadership. There are no quick fixes to innovation and mission in the church in Pre or Post Covid times only incremental ones founded on Jesus.
29 minutes | 9 months ago
Ep 24: Jennifer Howat - Redefining Normal
Lisa Johnson talks with Jennifer Howat about what it looks like to redefine normal in our everyday lives, as well as during the global pandemic we are currently navigating. Jennifer discusses how she has been able to give up normal and 6 key things that have helped her think about what it means to redefine normal.
31 minutes | 9 months ago
Ep 23: Dana Allin and Lisa Johnson - Being a Non-Anxious Presence in Time of Anxiety
Dana Allin and Lisa Johnson discuss different ways we, as leaders, can maintain a non-anxious presence in the midst of challenging circumstances and pivotal moments in ministry. They share practical ways that we can seek to become a non-anxious presence in the different areas of life by learning from the way of Jesus by sharing principles and patterns for us to consider from John Mark Comer’s 5 Patterns, and what scripture says about following Jesus’ example.
22 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep 22: Kelly Kannwischer - Younique
As we begin to navigate our lives and our ministries in this period of quarantine and social distancing Kelly Kannwischer and John Terech discuss the importance of moving from a period of adjusting to a period of investing. Kelly gives insight into the Younique Life Planning process, how it got developed, and how it is used to help identify your unique identity and calling in Christ.
27 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep 21: Eugene Cho - Author Conversation: Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk: A Christian’s Guide to Engaging Politics
Eugene Cho and Dana Allin talk about Eugene's newest book, Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk: A Christian's Guide to Engaging Politics. They discuss why Eugene chose to write the book and the audience he hoped to reach despite the controversial topic. Eugene and Dana also unpack some of the challenges Christian’s face in engaging politics and the importance of starting this conversation among leaders and members in the Church.
32 minutes | a year ago
Ep 20: Kaitlyn Wood - Church Transformation
Dana Allin and Kaitlyn Wood discuss the process of church transformation, and the different ways to assist church leaders and congregations to move into a season of transformation. Kaitlyn shares about her experience pastoring through a season of transformation at United Church of Cohoes in New York.
28 minutes | a year ago
Ep 19: David Eaton - AXIS: Culture, Conversation, Connection
Nate Dreesmann and David Eaton talk about the ministry of AXIS and why it was created. They discuss how AXIS uses their resources to equip adults and churches and they highlight the importance of coming alongside parents, grandparents, and youth leaders as they continue to be present in the lives of adolescents. David sets the stage for initiating one conversation that lasts a lifetime.
32 minutes | a year ago
Ep 18: Dana Allin - Time Management
Lisa Johnson talks with Dana Allin about how he has been able to focus on time management and productivity amidst a busy life. Dana shares about different resources he has used in both his time as a pastor and his role now overseeing a denomination, specifically related to principles and strategies connected to David Allen's time management program, Getting Things Done.
26 minutes | a year ago
Ep 17: Geoff Hsu - Flourishing Your City
Geoff and Lisa discuss what it means to model a church that flourishes its city. They talk about the different steps churches can be taking towards encouraging its members and its city to reflect God's heart for his Kingdom.
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