The Nurtured Church

The Nurtured Church

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The Nurtured Church is a podcast dedicated to helping today’s church leaders and ministries grow their communities. Church leaders and ministries want thriving organizations, but are often frustrated by the lack of participation. That’s why we’re highlighting ordinary churches doing extraordinary things to nurture engagement and growth in their community. Each episode features topics like: building a church community, community engagement, church communications, church leadership, church technology, giving technology, donor engagement, and more.


28. Equipping Church Leaders the Way Jesus Did w/ Kevin Cotter
Jun 2 • 28 min
27. Building a Stronger Community with Technology w/ Kent Woodyard
May 19 • 24 min
Church During COVID-19: Part Four w/ Lisa Zeeveld
May 5 • 26 min
Church During COVID-19: Part Three w/ Erwin McManus
Apr 21 • 31 min
Church During COVID-19: Part Two w/ Mark Venti
Apr 7 • 24 min
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…
Church During COVID-19: Part One w/ Chad Zollo
Mar 26 • 37 min
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…
26. Impactful Communication with Limited Opportunity w/ Phil Bowdle
Mar 10 • 29 min
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 in northwest Atlanta, creative arts pastor and his team are figuring out how to cut…
25. Optimizing Physical Church Attendance in a Digital Age w/ Thom Rainer
Feb 25 • 24 min
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…
24. Facilitating Rhythms of Rest for Your Church Team w/ Jake Jelinek
Feb 11 • 26 min
While every church has a unique beginning, the origin of is particularly fascinating. The church grew out of , which have been attended by thousands of college-age students around the globe. This unique origin has led Passion City Church to do things…
23. Transitioning Church Leadership to the Next Generation w/ Whit George
Jan 29 • 30 min
Today’s guest is Whit George, Lead Pastor of 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…
22. The Hallmarks of Healthy and Thriving Teams w/ Jenni Catron
Jan 14 • 31 min
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…
21. 4 Ways Pastors Can Inspire a Spirit of Generosity w/ Greg Morris
Dec 10, 2019 • 30 min
“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…
20. Bearing One Another’s Burdens Digitally: Why Virtual Church Just Might Actually Make Sense w/ Jeff Reed
Nov 26, 2019 • 30 min
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…
19. Leveraging Church Real Estate to Build Community w/ Nathan Artt
Nov 12, 2019 • 22 min
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…
18. Make it Easy: Using Invitations to Grow Your Church w/ Michael Lukaszewski
Oct 15, 2019 • 24 min
As the CEO of , 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…
17. Ensuring Your Church Website is Creating Connections Within Your Community w/ Aimee Cottle and Shayla Kenworthy
Sep 26, 2019 • 23 min
When it comes to being strategic about nurturing community, your website plays a critical role. is 16 years into helping churches design world class, modern websites. So, we invited , Director of Marketing, and , Communications Strategist, onto…
16. Stewardship — Why It’s a Relational Ministry, Not a Financial Ministry w/ Dave Briggs
Sep 10, 2019 • 29 min
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 . Our guest, , is currently Director of Stewardship…
15. Leveraging Technology to Deepen Relationships in Your Church w/ Scott Pleasants
Aug 27, 2019 • 27 min
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…
13. How Missions Ministries Build Community w/ Jared Romano
Jul 30, 2019 • 25 min
Community doesn’t just happen. It has to be created, nurtured, and pursued. So, as you know, we’ve been looking at how different churches and different ministries are creating community within their congregations. Today, we’re continuing that…
12. Why Generosity is Foundational to Building a Healthy Church Community w/ Greg Gibbs
Jul 16, 2019 • 30 min
Generosity is a sensitive issue. After all, it requires talking about money. That’s why, when it comes to giving, people typically take a pass. They reserve money talk for times when it’s absolutely necessary — like when there’s a crisis or the…
11. Leveraging Church Communication to Nurture Engagement w/ Stephen Lenahan
Jul 2, 2019 • 35 min
As churches grow, and as the congregation becomes more diverse, it can be difficult to create an environment where parishioners feel connected. In addition, has faced additional challenges, like Hurricane Harvey. Nevertheless, by focusing their…
10. A 3-Part Framework for Doing Church Social Media (Without Sounding Like a Boring Stage Announcer) w/ Haley Veturis
Jun 25, 2019 • 32 min
Early on, the questions about social media in the church world were skeptical: “Is this a legitimate platform? Should we get on?” Now, everybody’s on it—but not everybody’s using it properly. In this episode, we interview , Director of…
9. Building a Great Leadership Culture That Leads to an Engaged Church Community w/ Bobby Bogard
Jun 18, 2019 • 31 min
When we think about building an engaged community, we typically think of things like small groups and volunteer opportunities. These events are important. But engagement starts with building a great foundation — a great leadership culture. Bobby…
8. Every Church Should Have An Experience Pastor — Here’s Why w/ Holly Tate
Jun 11, 2019 • 26 min
Your church staff culture will have a trickle down effect on your congregational culture. That’s why it’s so important to think about nurturing engagement as you hire, onboard, and integrate your staff members. I wanted to talk with someone who…
7. Your Guide to Effective Church Branding w/ Katie Allred
Jun 4, 2019 • 32 min
In this episode of podcast, , Assistant Professor at the , talked about why church branding matters and how you can achieve excellence in your own brand strategy.
6. If the Leaders Build a World-Class Church, the Congregation Will Come w/ Tyler Reagin
May 21, 2019 • 32 min
What does a church leader do when they get punched in the mouth? You can ask . Reagin is the president of , a development organization focused on raising the next generation of church leaders. He’s also the author of . Reagin joined us on The Nurtured…
5. Growing and Scaling Church Communities — Pt. 2 w/ Chris Ames and Ryan Van Sickle
May 7, 2019 • 19 min
On our most recent episode of , we picked up where we left off with our guests and from North Point Ministries. Ryan is the Director of Operations at North Point and Chris is Director of Digital Environments. Ryan and Chris shared their expertise on…
4. Growing and Scaling Church Communities Pt. 1 w/ Chris Ames and Ryan Van Sickle
Apr 23, 2019 • 19 min
Today, we featured two guests on podcast. Chris Ames, Director of Digital Environments, and Ryan Van Sickle, Director of Operations at North Point Ministries, joined the conversation to talk about growing and scaling church communities from an…
3. Using Data to Fuel Engagement and Ministry w/ Chris Kehayias
Apr 10, 2019 • 23 min
Our latest guest on podcast is , CEO of . (Think Ministry is the creator of MinistryPlatform, a church management system.) On this episode, Chris shares his thoughts about using a management platform to support your member journey, finding the…
2. Maintaining Organizational Health in Your Church w/ Shawn Lovejoy
Mar 26, 2019 • 23 min
No matter how big your church is, if your organization isn’t healthy, you’re likely not going to be around for very long. You can be hosting thousands of people every weekend, but if your staff is burned out, or you run your church like a…
1. 4 Ways Your Church Can Build a First-Class Online Community w/ Nils Smith
Mar 12, 2019 • 21 min
How Church Leaders Build a First-Class Community Online When it comes to technology within our churches and ministries, the time isn’t yesterday. It’s now. And the online, mobile, and digital spaces aren’t where our “second-tier” efforts…
Why You Should Listen to The Nurtured Church w/ Troy Pollock
Mar 4, 2019 • 12 min
“We want to make giving to your church as easy as buying a song on iTunes.” It sounded crazy at the time because the year was 2011, and though we may not want to admit it, churches aren’t always on the cutting edge of technology. But in 2011,…