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The Nurtured Church
22 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
30. Scaling your Church's Community Care Solutions w/ Josh & Yolly Queitsch
Many people downplay matters of faith in their everyday lives, but when disaster strikes, they often look to the church first for help. How can your church develop effective community care solutions? And what role can technology play in helping you scale those solutions as your church grows larger? Josh & Yolly Queitsch of Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Florida joined us on this episode of the podcast to talk about how their church's app equips church leaders and members to positively impact people in the community. What we talked about: -The role of community care and engagement in the local church -Identifying the real-life needs in your community -How the Celebration app helps church members and leaders effectively care for each other and their community -Using automation to personalize outreach For more interviews from The Nurtured Church podcast, check us out on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or on our website.
28 minutes | Jun 16, 2020
29. Cutting through the Digital Noise to Reach Our Communities w/ Ryan Moore
Big data is a big deal in 2020. Companies, policy makers, and security firms are all trying to figure out how to mine it, store it, surface it, and use it. What about churches, though? How can churches use data to direct their marketing messages to the right people at the right time? Ryan Moore, Principal of Clever Marketing, says it starts with knowing yourself. Ryan joined us on this episode to chat about experimenting with data-driven marketing, using data to help people find authentic relationships, and the basics of one-to-one marketing for churches. What we talked about: -How churches can use persona-based marketing and a/b testing -The value of tracking your ROI on each marketing initiative -Why you need written standards for your brand -The value of authenticity in marketing. For more interviews from The Nurtured Church podcast, check us out on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or on our website.
29 minutes | Jun 2, 2020
28. Equipping Church Leaders the Way Jesus Did w/ Kevin Cotter
What happens when churches grow their attendance numbers but don't invest in their people? The church often collapses. Why? Because that's not the model of Jesus. He raised up disciples through His spheres of influence. How can contemporary churches grow and empower congregational leaders the way Jesus did? Kevin Cotter, executive director at The Amazing Parish, joined us on this episode of the podcast to discuss how his organization is helping Catholic parishes build leadership teams the way Jesus did. What we talked about: -The value of leadership beyond the pastor or senior leader -How to measure the engagement of parishioners and staff members -The model Jesus used for making disciples and creating leaders -The value of vulnerability between a pastor and church leaders For more interviews from The Nurtured Church podcast, check us out on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or on our website.
24 minutes | May 19, 2020
27. Building a Stronger Community with Technology w/ Kent Woodyard
The way we engage with one another as human beings has changed dramatically, even in the last decade.That's true of any community, but it's especially true in the church space. How can churches have more meaningful connections and build better communities? And how can they leverage technology to drive deeper relationships? Kent Woodyard, who just completed three years as Director of Business Development at Pushpay, joins us right before he transitions out of the company. He shared what he learned growing up as a pastor's kid and later through his years serving churches at Pushpay. What we talked about: -The complete takeover of the digital space -Maintaining digital communities without losing authenticity -How to leverage technology to connect with people far from God and bring them closer -The communication tool that lands with people better than features or functionality -How churches can partner with other churches to drive unity For more interviews from The Nurtured Church podcast, check us out on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or on our website.
27 minutes | May 5, 2020
Church During COVID-19: Part Four w/ Lisa Zeeveld
Culture is impossible when you have no physical location, right? That's what many church leaders say. But is it true? Has COVID-19 proven or disproven the idea that it's really hard to maintain culture when you're not all in the same building? Lisa Zeeveld, chief operating officer at BELAY, joined us on this episode of the podcast to discuss how you can extrapolate culture out of people when you're in a remote setting. BELAY helps people hire remote virtual assistants, bookkeepers, and other staff members. What we talked about: Quick tips for leading a remote team The team-building value of having a meeting agenda How to measure success for a remote team What we can take away from this season to help us grow in ways that we haven't been able to in the past For more interviews from The Nurtured Church podcast, check us out on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or on our website.
31 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
Church During COVID-19: Part Three w/ Erwin McManus
The gathered church suddenly unraveled when the COVID-19 pandemic began. How do we survive this experience as a community of faith? How do we have church now? Will church ever be the same again? On this episode of the podcast, Erwin McManus, iconoclast, futurist, and founder at MOSAIC, offered his insights into the opportunities COVID-19 is offering the church and how we can respond to them. What we talked about: How MOSAIC has been adapting to digital culture for several years How we can bring people what they need to thrive during this crisis What a remote model of pastoral care looks like What the church can learn during this pandemic in order to be strong and relevant in the years and decades to come. For more interviews from The Nurtured Church podcast, check us out on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or on our website.
24 minutes | Apr 7, 2020
Church During COVID-19: Part Two w/ Mark Venti
COVID-19 forced online church to go from optional to essential. For some churches, that transition wasn't challenging. For others, it opened up a whole new world. Every church, though, faces the challenge of 100% digital connection in the short term at least. What did you learn during the first week of leading a fully online church during the coronavirus shutdown? That's what we asked Mark Venti, executive pastor at Churchome, a large faith community in Seattle pastored by Judah and Chelsea Smith. Mark joined us on the podcast for this second episode about church during COVID-19. What we talked about: Why Churchome was broadening its platform long before COVID-19 struck What midweek connection looks like at Churchome right now How Churchome is connecting with new viewers, people who are linking up for the church for the first time online What lessons Churchome has learned in the last 2-3 weeks and what changes they've made as a result For more interviews from The Nurtured Church podcast, check us out on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or on our website.
37 minutes | Mar 26, 2020
Church During COVID-19: Part One w/ Chad Zollo
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, church as we know it is being disrupted. Just weeks ago, most churches thought of the digital world as the new frontier. Now, it’s the city we all live in. With everything going on, we want to resource you with practical tips from some of the churches leading the way during this all-digital chapter of the Church’s story. On part one of “Church During COVID-19,” listen in as Chad Zollo, the Online Pastor of Elevation Church, shares his advice for churches going digital for the first time.
29 minutes | Mar 10, 2020
26. Impactful Communication with Limited Opportunity w/ Phil Bowdle
The average person sees up to 10,000 branded messages every single day. If you're overwhelmed by that as a communicator, think about how your audience feels. At West Ridge Church in northwest Atlanta, creative arts pastor Phil Bowdle and his team are figuring out how to cut through the clutter. Phil joined us on this episode to discuss the importance of cultivating authenticity, the new way people attend church, and how to engage people in church outside of small groups. What we talked about: Practices, processes, and habits to push authenticity How the way people attend church now is different from 30 years ago What would change if we knew we had 8-10 times a year to communicate with somebody For more interviews from The Nurtured Church podcast, check us out on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or on our website.
24 minutes | Feb 25, 2020
25. Optimizing Physical Church Attendance in a Digital Age w/ Thom Rainer
Church attendance in American has been declining for a long time. First, it was the cultural Christians who stopped attending. More recently, committed church members are showing up less frequently. Are there encouraging trends among all this negative data? Thom Rainer, former CEO of Lifeway and founder of Church Answers, says, Yes! Thom joined us on this episode to discuss declining attendance patterns, new trends in worship participation, digitalization, and the increasing challenges of pastoral ministry. What we talked about: The two reasons the physically gathered church is growing again What's happening in churches that aren't on board with digital giving The one thing that bothers pastors the most and why they should hang in there anyway For more interviews from The Nurtured Church podcast, check us out on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or on our website.
26 minutes | Feb 11, 2020
24. Facilitating Rhythms of Rest for Your Church Team w/ Jake Jelinek
While every church has a unique beginning, the origin of Passion City Church is particularly fascinating. The church grew out of Passion conferences, which have been attended by thousands of college-age students around the globe. This unique origin has led Passion City Church to do things a little differently, and we asked Jake Jelinek, the church’s Executive Director of Operations, to come on this episode to discuss their unique church culture. What we talked about: It’s about rhythm, not work-life balance Building community Annual sabbath For more interviews from The Nurtured Church podcast, check us out on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or on our website.
30 minutes | Jan 29, 2020
23. Transitioning Church Leadership to the Next Generation w/ Whit George
Today’s guest is Whit George, Lead Pastor of Church on the Move in Tulsa, OK. Whit never had any intentions of being a pastor, but he eventually took over Church on the Move from his father, and has some incredible insights into making pastoral transitions smooth from that experience. What we talked about: Tips for pastoral transitions The tension between one church and many locations The generational shift toward authentic community Vulnerability in the modern Church Art in the Church For more interviews from The Nurtured Church podcast, check us out on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or on our website.
31 minutes | Jan 14, 2020
22. The Hallmarks of Healthy and Thriving Teams w/ Jenni Catron
If you want to change your team’s culture, the first place to start is with yourself. Maybe you don’t pull the strings that could help make a change for the whole team, but you do have a circle of influence right now—starting with you. Today’s guest, in our first ever live recording, is Jenni Catron, Founder and CEO of 4Sight Group. Jenni shared her experience in the Christian music industry, as an Executive Director at vastly different churches, and some of her views on the state of church leadership today. What we talked about: Advice for someone in an unhealthy organizational culture Core competencies today’s leaders need Whether today’s pastors are equipped for modern America Her experiences at Cross Point Community Church and Menlo Park Presbyterian Church “Protecting momentum” in your church’s growth For more interviews from The Nurtured Church podcast, check us out on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or on our website.
30 minutes | Dec 10, 2019
21. 4 Ways Pastors Can Inspire a Spirit of Generosity w/ Greg Morris
“It's not a matter of the church not wanting to do more. It's a matter of the church not having the resources to do more.” We agree with Greg. That’s why we invited him on this episode to share how pastors can inspire a spirit of generosity in their congregation, which in turn allows resources to flow freely from the church to empower the kingdom. Greg Morris is a Generosity Strategist at Generis, with several years of experience both within the church as a pastor, as well as in the secular world. What we talked about: Saying thank you Spirit of generosity Generosity isn’t just about resources Generosity is a spirit Celebrating what God has already done Inspiring and motivating your church For more interviews from The Nurtured Church podcast, check us out on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, or on our website.
31 minutes | Nov 26, 2019
20. Bearing One Another’s Burdens Digitally: Why Virtual Church Just Might Actually Make Sense w/ Jeff Reed
There are 385,000 evangelical churches in the United States. Of those, only 10,000-15,000 broadcast a Sunday sermon online. And only a handful of THOSE are actual doing digital, online community. Online community? Is that even possible? Isn’t the whole point of “doing church” that you’re in physical relationship with those in your church? Not anymore. On a recent episode of The Nurtured Church podcast, we sat down with Jeff Reed from TheChurch.Digital to talk about The growing virtual church movement Why we can let go of the idea that virtual church goers have “abandoned community.” Why virtual church can be just as impactful and fruitful as traditional church
23 minutes | Nov 12, 2019
19. Leveraging Church Real Estate to Build Community w/ Nathan Artt
We often hear stories of thriving, growing churches that suddenly experience a culture shift. All at once their focus shifts from reaching people to paying bills. And in almost every one of these stories you can tie this shift back to a decision that was made involving buildings and debt. So, what are some strategies you can take to ensure your facilities are fueling your ministry? Instead of your ministry fueling your facilities? Nathan Artt, Owner and President of Ministry Solutions, came on The Nurtured Church podcast to share his expertise on how churches can make sound real estate decisions that lead to a thriving church community.
25 minutes | Oct 15, 2019
18. Make it Easy: Using Invitations to Grow Your Church w/ Michael Lukaszewski
As the CEO of Church Fuel, Michael Lukaszewski spends his days helping pastors navigate leadership challenges so they can grow their ministry and their church. When Michael was pastoring a church in Atlanta, they were reaching many people and growing quickly. But he realized something about a year into the journey of planting his church: A crowd and a church are very different. On today’s episode Michael walks us through why getting your church to invite new people on Sunday morning has become so difficult. And, he’ll give us practical strategies to try as we equip our churches to grow the ministry.
24 minutes | Sep 26, 2019
17. Ensuring Your Church Website is Creating Connections Within Your Community w/ Aimee Cottle and Shayla Kenworthy
When it comes to being strategic about nurturing community, your website plays a critical role. Fishhook is 16 years into helping churches design world class, modern websites. So, we invited Aimee Cottle, Director of Marketing, and Shayla Kenworthy, Communications Strategist, onto this episode of The Nurtured Church to share their thoughts on the role that a church's website plays in creating meaningful connections. What we talked about: How Fishhook is serving churches Why you need to start with strategy first How your website is your welcome mat Website best practices Next steps Resources we talked about: Aimee’s LinkedIn Shayla’s LinkedIn Fishhook
29 minutes | Sep 10, 2019
16. Stewardship — Why It's a Relational Ministry, Not a Financial Ministry w/ Dave Briggs
Often misunderstood is the idea of stewardship. How is it different from giving? And what does stewardship have to do with building community? We addressed these concerns and more on this episode of The Nurtured Church podcast. Our guest, Dave Briggs, is currently Director of Stewardship at Central Christian Church. Previously, he led the stewardship ministry at Willow Creek Community Church. As someone who has been active in stewardship leadership for a while now, Dave has a very healthy perspective on this conservation that we were happy for him to share on the show. What we talked about: What Central Christian Church is doing in their stewardship ministry The difference between stewardship and giving How churches can address stewardship more effectively Check out these resources we mentioned during the podcast: Dave Briggs Christian Stewardship Network This post is based on a The Nurtured Church podcast with Dave Briggs. To hear this episode, and many more like it, you can subscribe here. If you don’t use Apple Podcasts, you can listen here.
27 minutes | Aug 27, 2019
15. Leveraging Technology to Deepen Relationships in Your Church w/ Scott Pleasants
When it comes to technology, there’s a common criticism: it’s an obstacle to real relationships. But Thomas Road Baptist Church sees it differently. They’re actually leveraging technology to deepen relationships and expand their ministry. So, on this episode of The Nurtured Church podcast we caught up with Scott Pleasants, Chief Information Officer at Thomas Road Baptist Church, to discuss how they’re using technology to nurture engagement.
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