The Craft of Ministry

The Craft of Ministry
Cultivating Key Capacities for Ministry
14 | Ministry and De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats
Jul 1, 2016 • 45 min
Shannon and Steven explore the idea of Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats, and how they might be useful for ministry teams.
13 | The Craft of Formation
May 21, 2016 • 51 min
Shannon and Steven talk about how church leaders can engage God’s people in spiritual formation, moving beyond program management or event-based ministry. Find us on twitter at @itsallprologue (Shannon) and @stevenhovater. We’d love…
12 | Training
Apr 28, 2016 • 55 min
Hosts Steven Hovater and Shannon Cooper talk about what it will mean to invest in training the next generation of ministers, and the different areas in which up and coming ministers need to grow. If you have thought or ideas for the show, please…
11 | Divergence and Convergence in Design Thinking for Ministry
Mar 21, 2016 • 16 min
This episode develops the idea of “Design Thinking” with the concepts of Divergence and Convergence. Long-Term Sermon Planning is available for Kindle on Amazon! Host: Steven Hovater…
10 | Design Thinking For Ministry: Prototyping and Iteration
Feb 29, 2016 • 12 min
This episode develops the idea of “Design Thinking” with the concepts of prototyping and iteration. Host: Steven Hovater (Twitter: @stevenhovater, Web: I’d appreciate it if you would share the…
9 | A Missional Conversation with Joel Abrahams and Jeremy Daggett
Feb 22, 2016 • 48 min
My good friends Joel Abrahams and Jeremy Daggett join me for a fantastic conversation about what it means to participate in God’s mission. Host: Steven Hovater (Twitter: @stevenhovater, Web: I’d…
8 | Design Thinking for Ministry—Function and Constraints
Feb 15, 2016 • 26 min
This episode introduces the idea of “Design Thinking”, and begins to lay out how two of the key concepts, Function and Constraints, can be useful to ministers. If you’re interested in reading more on design thinking, I think Tim Brown’s Change…
7 | Creative Rhythm Revisited With Nathan Bills
Jan 28, 2016 • 25 min
Our resident theologian Nathan Bills joins the podcast for a super nerdy conversation about the Creative Rhythm we talked about in Episode 3. Consume, Dwell, Create, Connect Host: Steven Hovater…
6 | Vision and Structure
Jan 21, 2016 • 17 min
This episode is about crafting the community through attention to its Vision and Structure, as well as the relationship between the two. Host: Steven Hovater (Twitter: @stevenhovater, Web: I’d appreciate it if…
5 | Attend (The Little Neglected Verb of Ministry)
Jan 14, 2016 • 15 min
This episode is about developing your capacity to attend, to focus your energy towards a particular person, task, or situation. Host: Steven Hovater (Twitter: @stevenhovater, Web: I’d appreciate it if…
4 | Model Growth
Jan 7, 2016 • 20 min
How can you model growth as a spiritual leader? In this episode, we looks at how people in ministry can demonstrate what it means to be people in progress, rather than having to project a “finished product” of spirituality. Connect on twitter…
3 | Creative Rhythm in Ministry
Dec 17, 2015 • 21 min
This episode is about four beats that make up a framework for the kind of work we find ourselves doing in ministry. Creative Ministry by Henri Nouwen Hosted by Steven Hovater Twitter: @stevenhovater
2 | Don’t Take it Personally
Dec 10, 2015 • 20 min
In this episode, we talk about the fine art of not taking things personally. Hosted by Steven Hovater Twitter: @stevenhovater
1| Know Thy Work
Dec 3, 2015 • 20 min
This launch episode for the Craft of Ministry podcast begins by talking about how important it is to deeply understand the core of your work. Why our understanding of our work gets distorted Strategies for recovering a grasp of our work The…