Spiritual Life and Leadership

Spiritual Life and Leadership

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Ministry leadership is about more than just growing your church or organization. It’s about participating in God’s mission in the world. But how can leaders know God’s mission or their unique place in it? Faithful ministry leadership is rooted in a


84. Grace-Filled Politics, with Aaron Schafer, author of The Politically Homeless Christian
Oct 20 • 41 min
Aaron Schafer, author of The Politically Homeless Christian, unpacks the state of politics and how Christians are called to engage politically in a polarized world.
83. Disorienation and Spiritual Leadership, with Tod Bolsinger, author of Leadership for a Time of Pandemic
Oct 13 • 37 min
Tod Bolsinger, author of Leadership for a Time of Pandemic, reveals the kind of leadership needed in this time of disorientation.
82. Narcissism and Spiritual Leadership, with Chuck DeGroat, author of When Narcissism Comes to Church
Sep 29 • 39 min
Chuck DeGroat has written a fantastic book titled, When Narcissism Comes to Church, which he unpacks for us in this episode.
81. Anger and Spiritual Leadership, with Chuck Whitley
Sep 15 • 38 min
Chuck Whitley, helps us better understand what’s going on when we experience anger and how to navigate it in a way that brings flourishing to us and to the world.
80. A Gospel That Feels Like Good News, with James Choung, author of True Story
Sep 1 • 45 min
James Choung shares a Gospel that addresses God’s desire to bring restoration to the world now and our part in that restoration.
79. The Loss of Evangelical Identity, with Michael Cooper, author of When Evangelicals Sneeze
Aug 14 • 42 min
Michael Cooper discusses the historic meaning of evangelicalism and how its meaning has changed in recent years.
78. Redefining Success, with Tim Winders, host of Seek Go Create
Aug 4 • 57 min
In this episode, you’ll hear how Tim Winder’s life was transformed through his experience of suffering and loss and how it drew him into a much deeper relationship with God than he could have ever imagined.
77. To Know the World and Still Love It, with Steven Garber, author of Visions of Vocation
Jul 21 • 38 min
Steven Garber has spent his life helping people get a clearer understanding of vocation in general, but also helping them get clear on their own unique vocations. In this interview, he will do the same for you.
76. Losing Religion, Finding Love, with Jason Elam, host of Messy Spirituality
Jul 7 • 42 min
Jason Elam is no longer a pastor and he doesn’t have all the answers. But he has discovered the love of God in a way he could never have imagined before.
75. A Box with Feelings, with Macy Watson
Jun 30 • 17 min
A delightful conversation with Markus’ twelve-year-old daughter, Macy, about her thoughts on God, the spiritual life, and leadership.
74. The Edge of Chaos, Part 3: Slowly, Then All of a Sudden
Jun 23 • 52 min
Jason Coker and I discuss the role of disequilibrium and self-organization in church transformation.
73. The Edge of Chaos, Part 2: Fresh New Solutions
Jun 9 • 38 min
Jason Coker and I talk about how the experience of disequilibrium evokes creative experimentation and fresh new solutions that leads to greater health.
72. The Edge of Chaos, Part 1: Why Your Church Needs Disequilibrium
May 26 • 41 min
In this episode, Jason Coker and I unpack the concepts of equilibrium and disequilibrium, and begin to look at his particular church and the role disequilibrium—and near death—played in his church’s eventual revitalization.
71. How Did Communist Russia Impact American Christianity? with Chris Staron, host of Truce podcast
May 12 • 49 min
In this episode, Chris Staron discusses how Communist Russia impacted American Christianity in the twentieth century—and today!
70. The Subversiveness of Sabbath, with A.J. Swoboda, author of Subversive Sabbath
Apr 28 • 45 min
AJ Swoboda discusses the significance and challenge of practicing the Sabbath.
69. Connecting Christ to Culture, with Michael Cooper, author of Ephesiology: A Study of the Ephesian Movement
Apr 14 • 46 min
Michael Cooper discusses his book Ephesiology: A Study of the Ephesian Movement, in which he explores the important role of the city of Ephesus in the early Roman Empire and the early church.
68. Public Policy, Stewardship, and the Kingdom of God, with Breon Wells, President of the Daniel Initiative
Mar 31 • 45 min
Breon Wells discusses the sacred/secular divide and the connection between public policy and the Kingdom of God.
67. How the Church Lost its Missionionary Identity
Mar 17 • 47 min
This episode unpacks how Christianity lost its missionary identity as it transitionsed from a marginalized religion to Christendom culture.
66. The Improbable Growth of the Early Church
Mar 3 • 50 min
In this episode, we take a look at a period in history called Pre-Christendom—the period of the early church when Christianity had very little influence in society.
65. Why Don’t People Go to Church Anymore?
Feb 18 • 41 min
In this episode, I discuss the reality of our situation and offer a thought about the kind of posture we need in order to be the church that the world needs us to be.
64. Getting the Bible from the Head to the Heart, with Ron Ovitt
Feb 4 • 48 min
In this episode, Ron Ovitt shares about Integrated Meditation, a process designed to help us get past the reading of scripture for the mere sake of head knowledge.
63. Liturgy of Commute, with Shannon Vandewarker, author of Working in the Presence of God
Jan 21 • 43 min
Shannon Vandewarker, author of Working in the Presence of God, helps us see that in the midst of our seemingly ordinary places of work, we can draw close to God.
62. Different People Need Different Kinds of Leaders, with Ted Gillgrist
Jan 7 • 42 min
Business leader Ted Gillgrist shares some of the wisdom he’s learned about leadership over the past twenty-five years.
61. A Chorus of Podcasters! (Bonus Christmas Episode)
Dec 17, 2019 • 25 min
This bonus Christmas episode contains five great mini-episodes from five great podcasts (one of which is this one)!
60. Shalom for the City, with Amy Sherman, author of Kingdom Calling
Nov 25, 2019 • 48 min
In this episode, Amy Sherman unpacks the first part of Proverbs 11:10, which says, “When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices.”
59. How I Survived Suicide, with Steve Austin, author of Catching Your Breath
Nov 18, 2019 • 45 min
Steve Austin’s story of surviving suicide is one of hope. He doesn’t avoid the reality of what led him to attempt to take his life by suicide, but he also doesn’t hide the healing he has experienced in the years that followed.
58. Communion with Reality, with Esther Lightcap Meek, author of A Little Manual for Knowing
Nov 11, 2019 • 43 min
Esther Lightcap Meek speaks about love as the starting point for truly knowing reality, what it means to experience communion with the real—and why this matters for the on-the-ground work of ministry.
57: Comedy, Wrestling, and the Mission of God, with Dave Ebert
Nov 4, 2019 • 37 min
Dave Eberts, Director and Founder of Well-Versed Comedy, discusses what makes comedy so life-giving when it comes to restoring shalom in the world.
56. The Fundamentals of God’s Mission, with Jim Mullins, author of The Symphony of Mission
Oct 28, 2019 • 45 min
Jim Mullins discusses the basic elements that are fundamental to our participating in God’s mission of restoration in the world.
55. Healing Our Polarized World, with Dan White, Jr., author of Love Over Fear
Oct 21, 2019 • 45 min
In this episode, I speak with Dan White, Jr., about what causes polarization and how we can begin to heal from it.
54. An Evangelical in “Episcoland”, with Aaron Klinefelter
Sep 30, 2019 • 45 min
Aaron Klinefelter shares the story of how God called him out of that evangelical tradition into the Episcopal tradition, but also what he’s beginning to miss from his evangelical background.
53. Growing Hearts, Not Attendance, with Mike McClenahan
Sep 23, 2019 • 54 min
Mike McClenahan shares his journey of recognizing it’s more important to grow people’s hearts than it is to grow his church’s attendance.
52. Leadership and Soul Care, with Elaine Hamilton, The Soul Care House
Sep 15, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode, Elaine Hamilton helps to demystify therapy for us. What is it? Why is it important? Why do leaders, especially, need good therapy?
51. Healing Homelessness, with Michelle LeBeau, San Diego Rescue Mission
Sep 9, 2019 • 54 min
Michelle LeBeau, Director of Church Partnerships at the San Diego Rescue Mission, shares why deep inner life transformation is so important for helping people escape poverty.
50. When God Became an Atheist, with Kutter Callaway, author of The Aesthetics of Atheism
Sep 2, 2019 • 49 min
Kutter Callaway discusses the role that culture—and even atheism—plays in restoring shalom in the world.
49. Flourishing, Suffering, and the Renewal of All Things, with Trevor Lee, host of Speak in the Suffering
Aug 26, 2019 • 40 min
Trevor Lee discusses the importance of getting past the ministry model that just tries to get people through our discipleship programs. Instead, we need a model that values the uniqueness and inherent worth of each person.
48. Integrity and Coherence in Leadership, with Lisa Slayton, CEO of Tamim Partners
Aug 19, 2019 • 45 min
Lisa Slayton of Tamim Partners discusses the idea that we need to be leaders with integrity and coherence.
47. Leadership, Anxiety, and Family Systems, with Steve Cuss, author of Managing Leadership Anxiety
Aug 12, 2019 • 44 min
Steve Cuss, author of Managing Leadership Anxiety, discusses how anxiety can affect both ourselves and those around us. Listen now.
46. Inviting the Real, with Esther Lightcap Meek, author of A Little Manual for Knowing
Aug 5, 2019 • 58 min
Esther Lightcap Meek explains what she calls “covenent epistemology” and explains what it means to “invite the real.”
45. Retirement and Vocation, with Jeff Haanen, author of An Uncommon Guide to Retirement
Jul 29, 2019 • 35 min
Jeff Haanen, author of An Uncommon Guide to Retirement, challenges us to rethink our understanding of retirement, recognizing that it’s not just an extended vacation, but a time of fruitful work and ministry as we live into our calling as retired people.
44. Spiritual Formation and Lectio Divina, with Eric Nevins, host of Halfway There
Jul 22, 2019 • 35 min
Eric Nevins, host of the Halfway There podcast, shares about the transformative effect lectio divina has had on his life.
43. Introduction to “Beyond Thingification: Helping Your Church Engage in God’s Mission”
Jul 15, 2019 • 15 min
In this episode, I read the Introduction of my forthcoming book, Beyond Thingification: Helping Your Church Engage in God’s Mission.
42. Speaking Out Against Injustice, with Kathy Khang, author of Raise Your Voice
Jul 8, 2019 • 40 min
Kathy Khang shares about her journey writing Raise Your Voice, and why it’s so important for us to not be afraid to speak out.
41. The Law of the Splintered Paddle
Jul 1, 2019 • 8 min
What happens when a couple of Hawaiian fisherman hit King Kamehameha over the head with a canoe paddle so hard that the paddle breaks? You get the Law of the Splintered Paddle.
40. Preaching, Worship, and Justice, with Jennifer Ackerman
Jun 24, 2019 • 37 min
Jennifer Ackerman, Director of the Ogilvie Institute of Preaching, talks about Micah Groups, a program to help spiritual leaders grow in the integration of preaching, worship, and justice in their ministries.
39. Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, with Jimm Greer, President of UMTR2ME
Jun 17, 2019 • 37 min
Jimm Greer, Founder and President of UMTR2ME, shares his story of struggling with mental health challenges, suicide, and how those challenges led him to start UMTR2ME.
38. You Are God’s Beloved
Jun 10, 2019 • 28 min
Markus Watson discusses the voice of the “the distant country” that tells us we need to prove ourselves, and the voice of the Father who says simply, “You are my beloved.”
37. Journaling for People Who Hate to Journal, with Tracy Winchell, host of Reboots podcast
Jun 3, 2019 • 35 min
Some people hate journaling. But Tracy Winchell offers a way to track our inner life in a way that works for all of us who get nothing from writing about our feelings in a diary.
36. The Vulnerable Pastor, with Mandy Smith
May 27, 2019 • 36 min
Mandy Smith, author of The Vulnerable Pastor, shares about the ways our humanity and our weakness are actually a source of strength in our ministries.
35. God Wants His Kids Back, with Nate Landis, President of Urban Youth Collaborative
May 20, 2019 • 38 min
Nate Landis shares his passion for kids, for churches, and for helping churches pass their faith on to the next generation.
34. A Small Church Making a Big Difference, with Cari Augusta
May 13, 2019 • 38 min
Cari Augusta tells the story of how the Westmorland Community Food Pantry got started and the impact it is having both in the community and on the church.
33. Experiencing Shalom at a James Taylor Concert
May 6, 2019 • 21 min
In this episode, I reflect on the themes of broken shalom and restored shalom—which are reflections of God at work in the world—in the music of James Taylor.
32. Emotional Resilience and Spiritual Leadership, with Ron Ovitt
Apr 15, 2019 • 38 min
In this episode, Ron explains what emotional resiliance involves and why it is so important for spiritual leadership.
31. Why is Ministry Harder Than it Used to Be?
Apr 8, 2019 • 28 min
Markus Watson unpacks the origin of Christendom, how it shaped the church, and the reality of our Post-Christendom existence.
30. Your Life is a Story, with Scott Schimmel, President of The You School
Apr 1, 2019 • 30 min
Scott Schimmel shares about how The YouSchool is helping not only kids, but all kinds of people (including veterans) make challenging transitions that ultimately lead to a life of purpose and fulfillment.
29. Serving the Poor and the Immigrant, with Ebenezer Church, San Diego
Mar 25, 2019 • 48 min
Pastors Noel Musicha and Jere Lester of Ebenezer Church share about their calling to serve the poor and immigrant population in San Diego.
28. Empowering Women in Ministry, with Tara Beth Leach
Mar 18, 2019 • 42 min
Tara Beth Leach, Senior Pastor of First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena—or PazNaz—shares the story of her call to ministry and the challenges she has faced along the way.
27. Developing a Framework for Intentional Spiritual Growth
Mar 10, 2019 • 35 min
We need an intentional framework that can help us grow in our faith. In this episode, I talk about 1) why you need a Rule of Life and 2) how to develop a Rule of Life.
26. Planting Churches in a Post-Christendom World, with Daniel So and Jeya So
Mar 4, 2019 • 49 min
Daniel and Jeya So share about the challenges and the joys of starting new churches—or as they put it, “new worshiping communities”—in the 21st century.
25. Organizational Change and the Way of Exploration, with Dwight Gibson, The Exploration Group
Feb 25, 2019 • 56 min
Dwight Gibson unpacks “the way of exploration” as a means by which organizations can discover new ways of being, new ways of doing, and new ways of fulfilling their mission.
24. Joining God’s Mission Through Neighborhood Exegesis, with Marcos Mujica
Feb 18, 2019 • 40 min
Marcos Mujica explains how the process of “neighborhood exegesis” can help churches, not only get to know their neighborhoods, but also discover where God is at work and how God may be calling them to join him in his mission.
23. Joining God’s Mission Through Regenerative Agriculture, with Marcos Mujica
Feb 11, 2019 • 41 min
Marcos Mujica shares about the work of regenerative agriculture that he is doing through his company, Agrarian Craft.
22. Wine and Words (and Nuggets), with the Uncommon Good Team
Feb 4, 2019 • 55 min
Markus talks with the team from Uncommon Good, an experimental church that is working hard to bring the kingdom of God to the community by making spaces at parks, restaurants, and wineries in really “uncommon” ways.
21. Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Discipleship for the Common Good, with Brant Himes
Jan 28, 2019 • 39 min
Brant Himes discusses Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s understanding of discipleship, which led him to conspire against Adolf Hitler.
20. Sin and Shalom
Jan 21, 2019 • 30 min
Sin and shalom. What’s the connection? Cornelius Plantinga describes sin as “culpable shalom-breaking.” What does that mean? Listen now.
19. The Ungiving Tree, with Dwight Gibson
Jan 14, 2019 • 38 min
“The Ungiving Tree,” read by Dwight Gibson, reflects on the importance of sharing with the world the gifts that God has given us. Listen now.
18. Ministering to Those Done With Ministry, with DG Hollums
Jan 7, 2019 • 49 min
DG Hollums shares about his experience of betrayal in ministry and the steps he is taking to bring together an online community for those who have also suffered in ministry.
17. Not Ashamed of Sinners, Matthew 1:1-17
Dec 16, 2018 • 27 min
The genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1:1-17 makes it clear who is included in the story and demonstrates that Jesus is not ashamed of sinners. He even includes them in his genealogy!
16. Canoeing the Mountains, with Tod Bolsinger
Dec 10, 2018 • 34 min
Tod Bolsinger unpacks the “canoeing the mountains” metaphor for adaptive leadership for both churches and seminaries.
15. Abraham Kuyper and Discipleship for the Common Good, with Brant Himes
Dec 3, 2018 • 42 min
Brant Himes helps us understand Abraham Kuyper and the kind of discipleship Kuyper lived—a discipleship that extended to every area of his life including as Prime Minister of the Netherlands.
14. Already Blessed, The Beatitudes
Nov 26, 2018 • 36 min
In this episode, Markus Watson teaches that the Beatitudes are not a list of rules, but a declaration about who the kingdom of heaven is for.
13. An Unexpected Ministry to Refugees, with Pete Seiferth
Nov 19, 2018 • 46 min
Pete Seiferth tells the story of how God brought African refugees to his church and how his church learned to be open to a whole new ministry—one that no one was expecting.
12. God is a Woman in Labor, with Christiana Rice
Nov 12, 2018 • 42 min
Christiana Rice unpacks a unique metaphor: God is a woman in labor and we are the midwife attending to God and the new life that is coming into the world.
11. Discipleship and the Twelve Steps, with Kaye Schneider
Nov 5, 2018 • 46 min
Kaye Schneider shares how the Twelve Step process can leade to deep, spiritual inner life transformation.
10. Meeting God in the Darkest Places, Sermon on Jonah 2:1-10
Oct 28, 2018 • 32 min
If we surrender in the midst of suffering, we discover that this place of darkness, fear, and death can be the best place for us to meet God.
9. The Four-Chapter Gospel, with Geoff Hsu, Executive Director of Flourish San Diego
Oct 22, 2018 • 39 min
Geoff Hsu, Executive Director of Flourish San Diego, helps us explore what it means to say the Gospel is made up of four chapters and what this means for the way we live and the way we lead.
8. Thoughtfulness Matters, with Micah Lunsford
Oct 15, 2018 • 35 min
Thoughtfulness matters because God wants more than just our actions. God wants our hearts and our minds, too.
7. Made for More, with Bobby Benavides
Oct 8, 2018 • 44 min
Bobby Benavides shares about his call to serve in rural West Virginia and why we each need to discover that we were “Made for More.”
6. From Tragedy to Comic Books, with Mario DeMatteo
Oct 1, 2018 • 39 min
Mario DeMatteo shares how God used tragedy to set him on a new course publishing graphic novels of Bible stories in sci-fi settings.
5. Stewardship, Service, and Spoken Word, with Jim Mullins
Sep 24, 2018 • 32 min
Jim talks about his rich theology of God’s mission and how we are called to participate in God’s mission by loving our neighbors.
4. The Gospel According to Two Shirts, with Jason Coker
Sep 17, 2018 • 44 min
Jason Coker discusses the ministry of Two Shirts, discovering a bigger gospel, and what it’s like to serve homeless brothers and sisters in his congregation.
2. What is the Mission of God?
Sep 10, 2018 • 18 min
What is the mission of God? The mission of God can be summed up with one word—shalom.
3. The Fourfold Nature of Shalom
Sep 10, 2018 • 31 min
The fourfold nature of shalom involves 4 key relationships—with God, each other, the created order, and within ourselves.
1. Why ‘Spiritual Life and Leadership’?
Aug 30, 2018 • 24 min
“Spiritual Life and Leadership” is about the need for leaders whose lives are defined by deep spirituality and union with Jesus.